Victoria Wood dies at age 62 following short battle with cancer

Published Wednesday, Apr 20 2016, 15:37 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer.

The comedian's publicist shared the news on Wednesday afternoon (20 April), saying: "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."

British Academy Television Craft Awards 2015 at the Brewery, London
Victoria Wood, 2015

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A tweet posted to her official Twitter account said: "We are devastated to confirm that our very special Victoria has sadly lost her short battle with cancer. Thank you for your support & love."

Victoria began her career in the 1970s, winning television talent show New Faces. She went on to produce numerous sketches, plays, sitcoms and television programmes, as well as touring with her stand-up comedy show.

She found huge success in the 80s with sketch show Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, featuring her long-time friend and collaborator Julie Walters, who said today she was heartbroken by the loss.

"Too heart sore to comment. The loss of her is incalculable," said Julie.

Others who paid tribute today included Jennifer Saunders, Ricky Gervais and James Corden, as well as Prime Minister David Cameron who said: "Victoria Wood was a national treasure loved by millions. My thoughts are with her family."

BBC director general Tony Hall said: "Victoria Wood was a woman with a stunning array of talents - a comedian, singer, songwriter, actress and director. People identified with her warmth and great charm. She brought people from all walks of life together and made them laugh and cry. She will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with her friends and family."

Victoria was one of the country's most beloved and admired comedians. She wrote and starred in comedy series Dinnerladies, and the critically-acclaimed drama Housewife, 49, for which she won two BAFTAs.

She also won the Great Comic Relief Bake Off last year.

In her career she won several awards including five BAFTAs in total and was known for her charity work. She was appointed an OBE in 1997 and then a CBE in 2008.

A multitude of celebrities, colleagues and fans have been paying tribute on Twitter.