'A true comedy icon' - world of entertainment pays tribute to late Victoria Wood
Published 20/04/2016 | 16:33
The world of comedy paid tribute to Victoria Wood with many stars citing her as an inspiration.
James Corden said: "I'll always feel incredibly grateful that I got to see Victoria Wood on TV and in theatres.
"She was so brilliantly talented, what a sad day."
Ricky Gervais also remembered her, writing: "RIP the brilliant Victoria Wood. So innovative, funny and down to earth. This has not been a good year."
Comedian and author Katy Brand wrote a short but poignant message: "Thank you, Victoria. RIP."
Bond actor Sir Roger Moore said the news was "difficult to absorb". He tweeted: "She was a total joy to work with and watch on TV. 2016 is becoming a terrible year."
Absolutely Fabulous actress Jennifer Saunders said: "Vic was simply one of the funniest writers and performers this country has ever produced. She was an inspiration and will be terribly missed. Am devastated that she has gone and my thoughts are with her family."
Comedian Sarah Millican said she was "incredibly sad" and described Wood as a "true comedy icon".
Journalist and author Caitlin Moran described the early influence Wood had on her, saying: "Seeing Victoria Wood on TV - working class, bookish, silly, clever, doing stand-up, singing, acting - made me think 'Girls can do this'."
Comedian Jenny Eclair said: "All of us women in comedy owe a huge debt of gratitude to Victoria - she paved the way."
Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins wrote on Twitter: "RIP, the briilliant, brilliant Victoria Wood x"