Comedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62

Comedian Victoria Wood has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist has said.

Fellow comedians Jennifer Saunders, Jenny Eclair and James Corden are among those to pay tribute to the Dinnerladies star, saying she "paved the way" for women in comedy.

Her long-time comedy partner Julie Walters said: "Too heart sore to comment. The loss of her is incalculable."

Live updates

Victoria Wood: 'She had immense impact on comedy'

Comedian Victoria Wood, who died on Wednesday from cancer, brought "a gentle humour and charm" to a profession on which she had an "immense" impact.

ITV News' Nina Nannar looks back at some of the highlights of her successful career.


Victoria Wood: 'She paved the way for comedians'

Rhona Cameron believes Victoria Wood "paved the way" for numerous comedians.

The Scottish comedy act said Wood "won our hearts and paved the way for many comedians" through her works which "transcended gender with a wide appeal".

'Audiences screamed with laughter at Victoria Wood'

Actress Anne Reid said she remembers well many of Victoria Wood's stand-up comedy shows she attended.

The actress, who starred alongside Wood in British sitcom Dinnerladies between 1998 and 2000, said audiences would be "screaming with laughter" during live shows.

Rory Bremner: '2016 horrendous for celebrity deaths'

Comedian Rory Bremner paid tribute to "wonderful" Victoria Wood on Wednesday.

The impressionist said 2016 had been a "horrendous year" for celebrity deaths, and rued the unfinished work Wood "was doing and still had to do".

Julie Walters: 'Loss of Victoria Wood incalculable'

Julie Walters (left) was a long-term collaborator with Victoria Wood (right) Credit: PA

The death of Victoria Wood is "incalculable", according to her long-time comedy partner Julie Walters.

Following the death of the 62-year-old on Wednesday, Walters said: "Too heart sore to comment. The loss of her is incalculable".

Walters starred alongside Wood in British sitcom Dinnerladies which ran from 1998 to 2000, while they also worked together throughout the 1980s, 90s and 2000s.


Ricky Gervais: 'Victoria Wood was brilliant'

Ricky Gervais described Victoria Wood as "brilliant" Credit: PA

Victoria Wood was "innovative, funny and down to earth", according to comedian Ricky Gervais.

The Office star was paying tribute to 62-year-old Wood, who died from cancer on Wednesday, on Twitter.

Lenny Henry: 'Victoria Wood will be sorely missed'

Sir Lenny Henry says Victoria Wood will be "sorely missed" Credit: PA

Victoria Wood will be "sorely missed", comedy star Sir Lenny Henry has said.

Paying tribute to the 62-year-old who died on Wednesday, Henry said: "I am devastated - this is very, very sad news. Victoria will be sorely missed.

"Always funny, she worked incredibly hard. A killer stand-up and a fantastic songwriter. My condolences to all her family".

Making Britain laugh for 30 years: Victoria Wood's funniest jokes

Victoria Wood has died aged 62 Credit: PA

Comedian Victoria Wood has died of cancer at the age of 62.

She has been hailed as a "national treasure" by Prime Minister David Cameron and fellow comedians have rushed to pay tribute to the star.

A stand-up, writer, actor and director, Wood has entertained Britain for 30 years. She won the most TV Baftas in history and she held the record for the most sell-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall.

Ten of Victoria Wood's funniest jokes:

  • I thought Coq au Vin was love in a lorry.
  • My children won't even eat chips because some know-all bastard at school told them a potato was a vegetable.
  • I once went to one of those parties where everyone throws their car keys into the middle of the room. I don't know who got my moped but I've been driving that Peugeot for years.
  • My boyfriend had a sex manual but he was dyslexic. I was lying there and he was looking for my vinegar.
  • Jogging is for people who aren't intelligent enough to watch television.
  • In my day we didn't have sex education, we just picked up what we could off the television.
  • Life's not fair, is it? Some of us drink champagne in the fast lane, and some of us eat our sandwiches by the loose chippings on the A597.
  • Sexual harassment at work - is it a problem for the self-employed?
  • A man is designed to walk three miles in the rain to phone for help when the car breaks down, and a woman is designed to say, “You took your time” when he comes back dripping wet.
  • People think I hate sex. I don't. I just don't like things that stop you seeing the television properly.

Comedy world pays tribute to Victoria Wood

Jack Dee said he was privileged to have known Victoria Wood Credit: PA

Comedy stars from across the UK have been paying tribute to Victoria Wood who died on Wednesday.

The 62-year-old died after a short battle with cancer, according to her publicist.

Load more updates Back to top

Latest ITV News reports