Comedian and actress Victoria Wood has died following a brief battle with cancer, her publicist has confirmed.
“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”, an official statement read.
“The family ask for privacy at this very sad time.”
A veteran of British television, Wood became a beloved household name after roles in dinnerladies, Acorn Antiques, Victoria Wood As Seen on TV and numerous comedy specials.
Wood first came to the attention of the British public when she won New Faces in 1974. In 1976, Joan Bakewell wrote in Radio Times previewed a new Monday-night show featuring her, writing, “Victoria Wood is obviously a girl to watch… and not just on Monday night.”
But it wasn’t until the 1980s that she became a comedy force to be reckoned with.
And she went on to do just that. Wood was probably best known for her comedy collaborations with long-term friend Julie Walters, Celia Imrie and Duncan Preston, and won many awards throughout her career.
Wood was appointed CBE on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2008.
She also won numerous Bafta awards, most recently taking home the awards for best actress and best single drama following her performance in the self-penned drama Housewife, 49.
“I don’t want to be the feminist comedienne,” she told Radio Times in early 1980. “I just want to make a good joke.”