Victoria Wood: Ricky Gervais and James Corden lead tributes following comedian's death
The BAFTA-winning star passed away aged 62 after a short battle with cancer
Getty Luke Morgan Britton, 21st April 2016 Tributes have poured in for comedian, actress and writer Victoria Wood, who has died at the age of 62.
The news was confirmed by Wood's publicist Neil Reading in a statement on Wednesday (April 20), which read: "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."
Following the news, Wood's comedy peers such as Jennifer Saunders and David Baddiel, as well as those she inspired such as Ricky Gervais and James Corden, have honoured the late star.
Writer Caitlin Moran wrote on Twitter: "Seeing Victoria Wood on TV – working class, bookish, silly, clever, doing stand-up, singing, acting – made me think 'Girls can do this.'"
See a selection of tributes below.
Cant believe Vic has gone.She was truly an inspiration and had so much left to to give and we won't see it. She was so funny.#VictoriaWood
— jennifer saunders (@ferrifrump) April 20, 2016
My word what sad news about Victoria Wood. I can't believe how many national treasures we have lost this year.
— lily (@lilyallen) 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
I'll always feel incredibly grateful that I got to see Victoria Wood on TV and in theaters.She was so brilliantly talented,what a sad day x
— James Corden (@JKCorden) April 20, 2016
So sad to hear about Victoria Wood. A great comic performer & writer whose talent broke through a male dominated scene.
— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) April 20, 2016
RIP the brilliant Victoria Wood. She was such an inspiration – unparalleled comedy genius. What terrible shocking news.
— Reece Shearsmith (@ReeceShearsmith) April 20, 2016
— Lauren Laverne (@laurenlaverne) April 20, 2016
Hope it's ok to tweet this late at night, but I just can't believe Victoria Wood is gone. I love her so much.
— Josie Long (@JosieLong) April 21, 2016
I'm so sad and shocked about Victoria Wood and have been all day. She was amazing. The funniest person I watched on TV as I was growing up.
— Scott Mills (@scott_mills) April 20, 2016
Whatever needed doing today can wait until tomorrow because, let's face it, we're all just going to watch Victoria Wood videos on YouTube.
— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) April 20, 2016
A sad loss, I was fortunate to meet Victoria Wood a very funny, lovely lady .. My thoughts are with her family X pic.twitter.com/BelTIk0iL9
— Paul Hollywood (@PaulHollywood) April 20, 2016
I just found out that the amazing Victoria Wood is gone. I have to say I'm gutted and tearful. I hate cancer!
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) April 20, 2016
RIP Victoria Wood, 62.
How terribly young, how terribly sad.
Very funny lady. pic.twitter.com/etn2bYfYB5
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 20, 2016
— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) April 20, 2016
A world without Victoria Wood is a sad sad thing. My first major crush. R.I.P beautiful. 2016…the year of taking the greats.
— Danny Dyer (@MrDDyer) 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
No! Not Victoria Wood. What on earth is going on? A shy genius by all accounts. End of an era.
— Derren Brown (@DerrenBrown) April 20, 2016
Seeing Victoria Wood on TV – working class, bookish, silly, clever, doing stand-up, singing, acting – made me think "Girls can do this."
— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) April 20, 2016
I can't do it. I can't do it. I can't think Victoria Wood has gone. Fuck this year.
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) April 20, 2016
So incredibly sad to hear that Victoria Wood has died. A true comedy icon.
— Sarah Millican (@SarahMillican75) April 20, 2016
Such sad news. RIP Victoria Wood. You always made us howl with laughter.
— Julian Clary (@JulianClary) April 20, 2016
Lancashire-born Wood rose to fame when she won the TV talent contest New Faces in 1974. She later starred in her own award-winning mid-'80s sketch series, Victoria Wood As Seen On TV, which featured the cult soap opera spoof Acorn Antiques.
She wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom Dinnerladies between 1998 and 2000, and wrote and starred in the 2006 TV film Housewife, 49, for which she won two of her five BAFTAs.
Wood was also a talented songwriter who wrote the music and lyrics for 2005's Acorn Antiques: The Musical! – based on her earlier soap opera parody – and numerous popular comedy songs such as 'The Ballad Of Barry And Freda (Let's Do It)'.
Wood, who was also known for working regularly with the actors Julie Walters, Duncan Preston and Celia Imrie, was awarded a CBE in 2008. She is survived by her two grown-up children.