Comedian, actress and writer Victoria Wood has died at the age of 62.
Her publicist Neil Reading said in a statement today (April 20): “Victoria Wood has sadly passed away, after a short but brave battle with cancer. The multi BAFTA award-winning writer, director, actor and comedian died peacefully at her north London home with family this morning. She was 62. The family ask for privacy at this very sad time.”
Lancashire-born Wood rose to fame when she won the TV talent contest New Faces in 1974. She later starred in her own award-winning mid-’80s sketch series, Victoria Wood As Seen On TV, which featured the cult soap opera spoof Acorn Antiques.
She wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom Dinnerladies between 1998 and 2000, and wrote and starred in the 2006 TV film Housewife, 49, for which she won two of her five BAFTAs.
Wood was also a talented songwriter who wrote the music and lyrics for 2005’s Acorn Antiques: The Musical! – based on her earlier soap opera parody – and numerous popular comedy songs such as ‘The Ballad Of Barry And Freda (Let’s Do It)’.
Wood, who was also known for working regularly with the actors Julie Walters, Duncan Preston and Celia Imrie, was awarded a CBE in 2008. She is survived by her two grown-up children.
Ricky Gervais, James Corden and the Prime Minister, David Cameron, are among those paying tribute to Wood on Twitter. Read a selection of their tweets below.
Cant believe Vic has gone.She was truly an inspiration and had so much left to to give and we won't see it. She was so funny.#VictoriaWood
— jennifer saunders (@ferrifrump) April 20, 2016
My word what sad news about Victoria Wood. I can't believe how many national treasures we have lost this year.
— LILYALLEN2.0 (@lilyallen) April 20, 2016
RIP the brilliant Victoria Wood. So innovative, funny and down to earth.
This has not been a good year.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 20, 2016
I'll always feel incredibly grateful that I got to see Victoria Wood on TV and in theaters.She was so brilliantly talented,what a sad day x
— James Corden (@JKCorden) April 20, 2016
PM: Victoria Wood was a national treasure loved by millions. My thoughts are with her family.
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) April 20, 2016
RIP the brilliant Victoria Wood. She was such an inspiration – unparalleled comedy genius. What terrible shocking news.
— Reece Shearsmith (@ReeceShearsmith) April 20, 2016