After a "short but brave" battle with cancer, Victoria Wood has passed away, aged 62.
In a statement made by her publicist Neil Reading, he said:
Whilst still a student at Birmingham University, Wood got her first break on TV talent show, New Faces. Since then she has gone on to write and star in sitcoms Acorn Antiques and Dinnerladies, with longtime friend and collaborator, Julie Walters.The multi BAFTA award-winning writer, director, actor and comedian died peacefully at her north London home with family this morning, the family ask for privacy at this sad time."
In her full career, Wood won 5 BAFTAs, two of which she won for her one-off ITV drama, Housewife 49.
Victoria Wood, a true British talent, gone.
Lily Allen - My word what sad news about Victoria Wood. I can't believe how many national treasures we have lost this year.
Reece Shearsmith - RIP the brilliant Victoria Wood. She was such an inspiration - unparalleled comedy genius. What terrible shocking news.
James Corden - I'll always feel incredibly grateful that I got to see Victoria Wood on TV and in theaters.She was so brilliantly talented,what a sad day x
Lisa Riley - The ULTIMATE comedy genius Victoria Wood has passed away...for me and so many more a true idol who we all aimed to emulate. RIP
Sarah Millican - So incredibly sad to hear that Victoria Wood has died. A true comedy icon.
Jamie Bell - Deeply saddened by the news of Victoria Wood's passing. She meant so much to so many. RIP
Sue Perkins - RIP, the briilliant, brilliant Victoria Wood x
Julian Clary - Such sad news. RIP Victoria Wood. You always made us howl with laughter.
Danny Dyer - A world without Victoria Wood is a sad sad thing. My first major crush. R.I.P beautiful. 2016...the year of taking the greats.