Iconic female comedian Victoria Wood died aged 62 after a long private battle with cancer.
Her publicist reported that she “died peacefully at her north London home with family.”
Julie Walters, Woods long time comedy partner said she was “too heart sore to comment – the loss of her is incalculable”.
Wood first rose to fame back in the 1980’s for her BBC sketch Acorn antiques and her comedy ‘Dinnerladies’.
She also won five Baftas including to for her one-off ITV drama Housewife.
Michael Ball, who was a good friend of Wood’s and had worked with her on the musical The Day We Sang told the BBC she was a “trail blazer” for other female comedians.
“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.”
Fellow comedians have been paying their respects to such an incredible icon.
Jennifer Saunders who tweeted: “Can’t believe Vic has gone. She was truly an inspiration and had so much left to give and we won’t see it. She was so funny.”
Sir Lenny 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.”
Catherine Tate said: “The news is devastating. It’s so shocking and sad. We have lost an incredible talent who was a huge influence and inspiration to so many – a true game changer.”
Jenny Eclair tweeted: “All of us women in comedy owe a huge debt of gratitude to Victoria – she paved the way.”
John Cleese tweeted: “Shocked by news of Victoria Wood. I worked with her last year and was reminded of just what a superlative performer she was. Only 62!”
Jack Dee tweeted: “I feel privileged to have known and worked with the great Victoria Wood. Unique and truly brilliant.”
Ricky Gervais said: “RIP the brilliant Victoria Wood. So innovative, funny and down to earth. This has not been a good year.”
Sarah Millican also tweeted her sadness: “So incredibly sad to hear that Victoria Wood has died. A true comedy icon.”