Comedian, singer and writer Victoria Wood has died after “a short but brave” battle with cancer aged 62.
Her publicist said the star “died peacefully at her north London home with family” on Wednesday.
Wood’s long-time comedy partner Julie Walters said she was “too heart sore to comment – the loss of her is incalculable”.
Wood found fame in the 1980s and was best known for her BBC sketch Acorn Antiques and comedy Dinnerladies.
She won five Baftas including two for her one-off ITV drama Housewife, 49.
Wood got her first break on the TV talent show New Faces in 1974, while still a student at Birmingham University.
She established herself as a comedy star with her hit show Victoria Wood: As Seen On TV and went on to create the popular BBC comedies Acorn Antiques and Dinnerladies, featuring her long-time collaborator Julie Walters.
The pair became friends in the 1970s and first worked together on TV in 1981 on the comedy sketch show Wood and Walters.
Acorn Antiques also spawned a musical, which Wood wrote and was directed by Trevor Nunn in 2005.
‘Inspiration to women’
Entertainer Michael Ball, who was a friend of Wood’s and worked with her on the musical That Day We Sang, told the BBC she was a “trailblazer” for other female comedians.
The Radio 2 DJ said: “She gave inspiration to other women because she wasn’t having to be sexy and rude, although she was all of those things. She was just brilliant.
“She made it seem to other women, you can do this. You just need to look at the various social media feeds to see the people she’s influenced.”
Ball said Wood, who he had “idolised” before working with, was “very private” and had not wanted people to know how ill she was.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment