Wednesday 28 September 2016

Victoria Wood hailed as 'brightest talent of generation' after death at 62

Sasha Brady

Published 20/04/2016 | 15:24

Victoria Wood has passed away at 62.
Victoria Wood has passed away at 62.

Comedian Victoria Wood has passed away at 62.

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Her publicist revealed on Wednesday that the much-loved British entertainer died at 62.

In a statement today her family said: "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.

"The family ask for privacy at this very sad time."

In a career spanning over 40 years Victoria wrote and starred in numerous sketches, sitcoms, plays, films, TV shows, such as Dinnerladies and Acorn Antiques, and stand-up live acts.

Victoria Wood's hit shows included Dinnerladies and Acorn Antiques
Victoria Wood's hit shows included Dinnerladies and Acorn Antiques

The entertainer was well-known for her comedy partnership with actress Julie Walters.

Victoria won four British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards throughout the course of her career and was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997 and became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2008.

She separated from husband Geoffrey Durham aka magician the Great Soprendo in 2002 and is survived by their children Grace and Henry.

British prime minister David Cameron lead the tributes for the comedian, saying: "Victoria Wood was a national treasure loved by millions. My thoughts are with her family."

Her older brother Chris said her death "has robbed us of one of the brightest talents of our generation".

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