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Victoria Wood 1954-2016

 

Comedian Victoria Wood has died aged 62 from cancer, her publicist has said.

She passed away at her home in London surrounded by family.

Her publicist, Neil Reading, said: "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."

In a career spanning over 40 years Wood wrote and starred in numerous sketches, plays, films and sitcoms, including the award-winning comedy Dinnerladies. 

She also toured the country for years with her live comedy show, in which she often showcased her musical talents.

Paying tribute to Wood, comedian Katy Brand told Sky News she "was the whole package... Fantastic mimic, silly sense of humour and fascinated by the minutia of ordinary life.

"I think that is what she wanted to represent, the poetry of ordinary life."

Wood began her career in 1974 after winning the talent show New Faces. 

She went on to star in her own comedy series, Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV. 

In 2006 she won two Bafta awards for acting and writing for her drama Housewife, 49, an adaptation of the diaries of Nella Last.

She was made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 1997 and later a CBE in 2008. 

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