"People associate you with an illness and then think all of your actions are due to that illness. I'm A Celebrity full line-up revealed as Radio 1 DJ becomes final contestant, Fed-up mum-of-8 gives squabbling girls space with bunk beds & Wilkos bargains, Mum fumes as Hull school excludes daughter, 13, in row 'over Primark trousers', I bought all my Xmas gifts in 5 hours pre-lockdown…staff had to carry my bags, Cornish medic says it's 'all lies' NHS is overrun & 'I had no work for 3 weeks', ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. Victoria Wood Cause of Death: How Did the Comedian Die? The actor Julie Walters, who formed a lifelong friendship with Wood while auditioning at Manchester Polytechnic’s student theatre when she was a teenager, said the death of her co-star was “incalculable” and she was “too heart sore” to comment further. They're still counting the votes', Tech to spot sailor’s mood in tough global race. “Everyone’s a national treasure these days; you can’t move for them,” she told the Daily Mail.

Monthy Python star John Cleese called Wood a "superlative performer" as he paid this touching tribute, revealing they had worked together only last year: "Shocked by news of Victoria Wood. Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, paid tribute to Wood’s “array of talents”. More recently she was seen in last year's The Great Comic Relief Bake Off alongisde Alexa Chung, Chris Moyles and Kayvan Novak and and in Sky 1's Fungus last December - believed to be one of her final TV appearances. — Victoria Wood CBE (@VictoriaWoodUK) April 20, 2016. “Victoria’s two children, my niece Grace and nephew Henry will be absolutely devastated to lose their mother at such a relatively young age. Legendary comedian Victoria Wood passed away at her home in London after what her family described as a "short battle" with cancer.

TV film Pat and Margaret with Walters followed in 1994, where the pair starred as long lost sisters. She will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with her friends and family.”.

John says: "When you're in this situation you are often going to need some emotional and also practical support.

Hannah Ellis-Petersen, Thu 21 Apr 2016 09.12 BST "Still now 10 years on I worry about worrying them and don't tell them all the details of what is going on but I'm a big advocate of support groups which is why I became so involved with prostate cancer awareness and started the Red Sock Campaign to help others. It wasn't just comedy that Victoria had a talent for turning her hand to drama in 2007 when she won two BAFTA awards for the one-off ITV drama Housewife 49. (sic). But for each person given the news, the emotional impact can be very hard to deal with and many decide it's not something they want to share. Victoria Wood's will has caused shock after it was revealed her ex-husband would receive nothing. Those battling a long-term illness also often describe feeling tired of giving constant explanations and again the fear of being treated differently creeps in. There will be an unfillable void left on all levels. My thoughts are with her family.”, Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn also paid his respects, saying: “So sad to hear about Victoria Wood.

US Election 2020: Results and exit poll in maps and charts, Coronavirus: Denmark imposes lockdowns amid mink covid fears, Bitcoin: $1bn seized from Silk Road account by US government. She leaves behind children Henry and Grace, who she had with husband Geoffrey Durham, known as magician the Great Soprendo, who she married in 1980 before separating in 2002. According to research from Macmillan Cancer Support almost half of people with cancer (46%) did not tell their close friends when they found out they had cancer and one in 10 (11%) people who finished treatment more than 10 years ago still have not told their wider circle of friends. Work is crucial to my life.

Unsurprisingly, it was a huge hit with viewers and critics as Wood proved once more she had a knack for finding the humour in everyday life. After studying drama at the University of Birmingham, she won the ITV talent show New Faces and in 1976 landed a regular role on the BBC show That’s Life. I was supposed to be the head of the house and someone they looked up to and suddenly I had to face something very difficult. "But I don't talk about it much and take a long time before I tell anyone. Her long-term manager and friend, Phil McIntyre, said: “Victoria has been a part of our lives as a friend, devoted mother and national treasure for 30 years. They added to The Sun: “It has shocked the family but she dealt with it in her own way.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart Victoria for your laughs and inspiration. RIP Victoria Wood.".

View our online Press Pack. I've had years of different treatments and trial medications but finding a bone marrow donor has been extremely difficult. RIP.". The comic died of cancer, aged 62, last April, and is said to have left half the cash to set up a charity in her name.

62 is far too young. She was aged just 62. So innovative, funny and down to earth.

I have so much to thank her for and feel mighty proud to have been in her gang.”. During the 2000s Victoria kept her TV appearances down to one-off specials including Victoria Wood's Sketch Show Story in 2002 and Victoria Wood's Big Fat Documentary three years later. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Close friends and family of Victoria Wood have spoken of their shock at finding out the comedian was suffering from cancer. After she died, it was going to be Judi Dench, but then Joanna Lumley saved the Gurkhas so she got the gig," she said in 2014. Despite her phenomenal success, Wood was unaffected by fame and joked that if anyone called her a national treasure she'd "disown them". “It wasn’t just that Victoria was hugely talented in so many different fields, she was also outstanding in her tremendous, singleminded drive and determination to pursue her chosen career. Plus: Peter Kay’s Car Share, a direct descendant of her brand of comedy.

(sic), Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling added her shock at Victoria's death at such a young age, writing: "Watch and weep. Running for two series it one again starred Wood - playing lead character Brenda - with Walters and Imrie both appearing in the acclaimed cast. Her brother said when it came to her final illness she was "determined" not to let the news leak out - even to relatives and loved ones.

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