Stand-up comedian, comedy writer and actress Victoria Wood has passed away at the age of 62.
According to her publicist, the much-loved Wood died after a short battle with cancer.
The Prestwich-born comedienne shot to fame in the ’80s for her alternative but often warm stand-up persona, after a number of TV appearances.
Her sketch show Victoria Wood As Seen On TV was an award-winning series which saw her pair up with long-time collaborator Julie Walters, and create iconic sketches such as Acorn Antiques – a drama set in an antique shop, where actors often forgot their lines and missed their cues as the sets fell apart around them.
Wood continued to be a constant presence on our TV screens over the next three decades, most notably with the late Nineties series dinnerladies – a sitcom based on the back room gossip, drama and romance of canteen staff in Manchester.
The recurring theme that ran through all of Victoria’s work was a strong relatable and working class tone. Wood tackled kitchen sink drama with a lightness of touch, a truly unique comic voice and a warmth which meant that she will be hugely missed by many.
Tributes have already began to pour in across social media:
We're sorry to learn of the death of Victoria Wood. A real shock and a tremendous loss for a generation of fans. pic.twitter.com/lNk8nN1326
— BBC (@AboutTheBBC) April 20, 2016
Deeply saddened by the news of Victoria Wood's passing. She meant so much to so many. RIP
— Jamie Bell (@1jamiebell) April 20, 2016
Oh God, Victoria Wood was just the loveliest. So funny and clever and kind and melancholy and all the good stuff. So sad.
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) April 20, 2016
Absolutely gutted to hear the incredible Victoria Wood has died. A total master of the English language. "There was a badger in my pelmet"
— Ellie Taylor (@EllieJaneTaylor) April 20, 2016
Oh my goodness dear Victoria wood has passed away. Heartbreaking #ripvictoriawood
— Zoe Ball (@ZoeTheBall) 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
— Kathy Burke (@KathyBurke) April 20, 2016
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