Julie Walters leads tributes to comedian Victoria Wood

Comic actress died aged 62, after a short battle with cancer

Comedian Victoria Wood has died aged 62 from cancer, her publicist has said.

She passed away at her home in London surrounded by family.

Her publicist, Neil Reading, said: "Victoria Wood has sadly passed away, after a short but brave battle with cancer.

"The multi Bafta award-winning writer, director, actor and comedian died peacefully at her north London home with family this morning. She was 62. The family ask for privacy at this very sad time."

In a career spanning over 40 years Wood wrote and starred in numerous sketches, plays, films and sitcoms, including the award-winning comedy Dinnerladies.

She also toured the country for years with her live comedy act.

Paying tribute to Wood, comedian Katy Brand told Sky News she "was the whole package."

Victoria Wood's close friend - actress Julie Walters - is leading tributes to the comedian who has died aged 62.

The pair forged a lifelong friendship while auditioning at Manchester Polytechnic's student theatre as teenagers.

In 2000 - Victoria told Michael Parkinson about her love for the small screen as a child:

 

Wood began her career in 1974 after winning the talent show New Faces.

Comedian Katy Brand says the news has come as a deep shock: