Victoria Wood hailed as 'brightest talent of generation' after death at 62
Published 20/04/2016 | 15:24
Comedian Victoria Wood has passed away at 62.
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.
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".
RIP the brilliant Victoria Wood. So innovative, funny and down to earth.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 20, 2016
This has not been a good year.
Seeing Victoria Wood on TV - working class, bookish, silly, clever, doing stand-up, singing, acting - made me think "Girls can do this."— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) April 20, 2016
A world without Victoria Wood is a sad sad thing. My first major crush. R.I.P beautiful. 2016...the year of taking the greats.— Danny Dyer (@MrDDyer) April 20, 2016
RIP Victoria Wood, thanks for the laughs, the many, many laughs, a remarkable woman! #Victoria— Sinéad Desmond (@sineaddesmond) April 20, 2016
Oh God, Victoria Wood was just the loveliest. So funny and clever and kind and melancholy and all the good stuff. So sad.— Richard Osman (@richardosman) April 20, 2016
Deeply saddened by the news of Victoria Wood's passing. She meant so much to so many. RIP— Jamie Bell (@1jamiebell) April 20, 2016
Oh my goodness dear Victoria wood has passed away. Heartbreaking #ripvictoriawood— Zoe Ball (@ZoeTheBall) April 20, 2016
No. NO.This is too much.Now lovely, warm, funny, brilliantly talented Victoria Wood has gone.Words, songs, plays, she wrote the lot.So sad.— Rory Bremner (@rorybremner) April 20, 2016
Victoria Wood. I cannot believe it. She was my idol. I feel properly heartbroken.— Sali Hughes (@salihughes) April 20, 2016
Oh no. Victoria Wood. I'm heartbroken. She was my hero. Thank you for EVERYTHING. RIP— Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy) April 20, 2016
Bloody hell. Victoria Wood. This, btw, is one of the funniest books of comedy scripts you can get. She was the best pic.twitter.com/y9eDeZmhLb— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) April 20, 2016
Terribly sad news to hear the passing of Victoria Wood. RIP. xxx— Vicky McClure (@Vicky_McClure) April 20, 2016
Such sad news. RIP Victoria Wood. You always made us howl with laughter.— Julian Clary (@JulianClary) April 20, 2016