20 April 2016
One of Britain’s most popular standup comics, Victoria Wood has passed away. Described as “one of the brightest talents of our generation”, she died aged 62 after a short illness. She was confirmed dead after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”
The writer, director, actor and comedienne died peacefully at her north London home with her family.
Victoria Wood led a full life as an entertainer and in over four decades in television, won numerous awards, including a Bafta in 1986 for her sketch show and again in 2006 for both writing and acting in Housewife, 49, based on the diaries of Nella Last.
As well as TV, Wood wrote extensively for theatre. In 2005, she penned a musical, Acorn Antiques, based on the long-running feature in her sketch show, and her play The Day We Sang, about a famous recording of Purcell’s Nymphs and Shepherds made by Manchester Children’s Choir, debuted at Manchester international festival in 2011.
She also wrote a stage version of her Bafta-nominated TV drama Housewife, 49 in 2013.
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