British Comedic Actress Victoria Wood Dies

Comedic actress Victoria Wood died April 20 as a result of cancer at her home in London at the age of 62. Her brother reports that Wood was surrounded by family at the time of her death.

A Commander of the British Empire, Wood has earned five BAFTA Awards and a British Comedy Award.

Victoria Wood

Speaking on her own choice of profession Wood said, “I think it’s perfectly valid to go out and get laughs. I think it’s a lovely thing to do actually, it’s a lovely life-affirming job: you go out and you make people laugh. I think that’s great. Who wouldn’t want to do that? As long as you do it well, I don’t think there’s any problem.”

As an actress, Wood appeared in two dozen productions beginning with ther 1975 debut in “The Summer Show” and continued with “There Goes 1980”, the TV series “Screenplay”, 18 episodes of “Insight”, “Acorn Antiques”, six episodes of her own show “Victoria Wood”, “Anytime Tales”, the voice of a narrator in an episode of “Rosie & Ruff in Puppydog Tales”, “Screen One”, the Tea Lady in “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride”, “Wetty Hainthropp Investigates”, a hairdresser in “The Nearly Complete’ and Utter History of Everything”, 16 episodes of “Dinnerladies”, “The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse”, “Acorn Antiues: The Musical”, “Housewife, 49”, “Ballet Shoes”, “Stanley Baxter: Now and Then”, “Eric & Ernie”, “Comic Relief: Uptown Downstairs Abbey”, “The Borrower’s”, “Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry and Paul”, “Case Histories”, and her final role last year “Fungus the Boogeyman”.

More than just a stand up comic, Wood wrote not only her own comedy sketches; but film scripts, television shows, and theatrical productions including”ITV Playhouse”, “Wood and Walters”, “Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV”, “Victoria Woods”, “Victoria Wood’s All Day Breakfast”, “Dinnerladies”, and “Victoria Wood’s Big Fat Documentary”.

She produced nearly a dozen productions including all 16 episodes of “Dinnerladies”.

She was born May 19, 1953 in Lancashire, UK the youngest of four children. Wood studied drama at the University of Birmingham. After winning the talent show “New Faces” in 1976, Wood earned a spot on the TV show “That’s Life” as a regular.

Wood is survived by her children Grace and Henry.

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