Comedian Victoria Wood dies, aged 62

A TV programme rekindled memories of Victoria Woods talent for a reader. See letter
A TV programme rekindled memories of Victoria Woods talent for a reader. See letter
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Comedian Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said.

The actress, who lived for a time in Silverdale near Carnforth, died at home in London surrounded by her 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.”

Wood was well known for her comedy series Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV, as well as her role in sitcom Dinnerladies and her TV special Victoria Wood With All The Trimmings.

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

In 1997, she was made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and was then made a CBE in 2008.