Award winning comedian and actress Victoria Wood has sadly passed away from cancer at the age of 62.
In a statement earlier today, her publicist Neil Reading 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. She was 62. The family ask for privacy at this very sad time.”
The news was also confirmed on the comedian’s Twitter page.
Wood began her incredible career over 40 years ago and was made famous after winning ATV’s New Faces talent show. She was probably best known for starring in and writing the award winning comedy Dinnerladies. Wood also won several BAFTA’s, including two for her one-off ITV drama Housewife, 49.
Among her many great achievements, she was made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1997 and later a CBE in 2008.
Famous faces have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the comedy legend, having been an inspiration to many throughout the years.
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
Very sad to hear of the passing of Victoria Wood. Another great taken from us in 2016. RIP.
— antanddec (@antanddec) April 20, 2016
Shocked by news of Victoria Wood. I worked with her last year and was reminded of just what a superlative performer she was.Only 62 !
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) 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
Our thoughts and prayers are with Victoria Wood’s family and friends at this sad time. We’ll leave you with one of Wood’s most famous quotes, as shared on her Twitter account earlier today.
Watch some classic Victoria Wood below.