Victoria passed away after a short battle with cancer
Comedian Victoria Wood has died at the age of 62. Victoria – who found fame in the 80s with her show Victoria Wood As Seen On TV – passed away following a battle with cancer.
Her publicist Neil Reading confirmed the sad news this afternoon.
‘Victoria Wood has sadly passed away, after a short but brave battle with cancer,’ he said in a statement. ‘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 mum-of-two – who was awarded a CBE in 2008 – was also a incredibly successful screenwriter, with one of her best known series Dinnerladies running from 1998 to 2000.
Tributes are pouring in online for Victoria, who once joked she’d hate to become a national treasure.
Speaking of her success, Victoria said she’d known from an early age that she wanted to make people laugh. ‘[When I was about] three or four. People used to ask me to pull faces, she explained. ‘It just gave me a good feeling. It was just something very very deeply rooted and instinctive. I didn’t feel I had any choice in the matter. I’ve got to use it. I started writing funny things at school. When I was 12 if we had a school trip I used to write funny accounts and read it out to people. I suppose I just had a good eye for things.’
Victoria leaves behind her two grown up children, Henry and Grace.