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Comedian Victoria Wood dies from cancer aged 62

Published 20/04/2016

Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said. Matthew Fearn/PA Wire
Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said. Matthew Fearn/PA Wire
Victoria Wood receiving her CBE at Buckingham Palace, London, as Wood has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said. Peter Jordan/PA Wire

Comedian Victoria Wood has died aged 62.

Her publicist said she died after a short battle with cancer.

The actress died at home in London surrounded by her family.

The standup comic found fame with her TV series Victoria Wood As Seen On TV in the 1980s and she also stared alongside Julie Walters in Wood and Walters in the 1980s.

She also wrote and starred in popular TV series Dinnerladies.

In 2006, she won two Bafta awards for acting and writing for her drama Housewife, 49, an adaptation of the diaries of Nella Last.

In 1997, she was made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours and was then made a CBE in 2008.

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."

English comedienne Victoria Wood. (Photo by Roy Jones/Getty Images)
English comedienne Victoria Wood. (Photo by Roy Jones/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Victoria WOOD; Victoria Wood performing on stage (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
Victoria Wood with her BAFTA Award for The Best Light Entertainment Performance for "Victoria Wood As Seen on TV". Photo credit: PA Wire
File photo dated 29/05/94 of Victoria Wood (left) and Julie Walters taking a break from filming "Pat and Margaret". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Maxine Peake as Twinkle, Anne Reid as Jean, Victoria Wood as Bren, Thelma Barlow as Dolly and Shobna Gulati as Anita from the BBC show Dinnerladies, Photo credit: BBC/PA Wire
File photo dated 16/12/98 of Victoria Wood, who has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said. Photo credit: Dave Kendall/PA Wire
File photo dated 04/02/99 of Boyzone members Steven Gately (right) and Keith Duffy with comedienne Victoria Wood in Leicester Square, London, to help launch the 1999 Comic Relief appeal, Photo credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
File photo dated 23/10/98 of Victoria Wood, who has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said. Photo credit : Matthew Fearn/PA Wire
Victoria Wood (left) Julie Walters and Celia Imrie (right) in a sketch from Acorn Antiques Photo credit: BBC/PA Wire
Victoria Wood (left) and Julie Walters, Photo credit: Peter Jordan/PA Wire
File photo dated 02/12/04 of Victoria Wood, who has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said. Photo credit: Peter Jordan/PA Wire
Victoria Wood with her two awards, one for Best Actress and one for Best Single Drama both received for Housewife 49 at the British Academy Television Awards, Photo credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Victoria Wood (right) and Julie Walters with the lifetime achievement award they received at the Bristish Comedy Awards 2005. Photo credit: Ian West/PA Wire
Victoria Wood receiving her CBE at Buckingham Palace. Photo credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Victoria Wood with children Henry and Grace Durham after receiving her CBE at Buckingham Palace, London, Photo credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Victoria Wood, who has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Comedienne Victoria Wood (right) signalling the beginning of The SunWalk, London, a pirate themed charity walk to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, Photo credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 16: Grace Wood and Victoria Wood attend the British Comedy Awards at Fountain Studios on December 16, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
Victoria Wood, who has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said. Photo credit: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 26/04/15 of Victoria Wood, who has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said. Photo credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "Victoria Wood was a national treasure loved by millions. My thoughts are with her family."

Wood's fellow comedians were also quick to pay their respects on social media, with Rory Bremner writing: "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."

Jack Dee tweeted: "I feel privileged to have known and worked with the great Victoria Wood. Unique and truly brilliant," while Ricky Gervais wrote: "RIP the brilliant Victoria Wood. So innovative, funny and down to earth. This has not been a good year."

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'."

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