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.’

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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.