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Victoria Wood, British Comedian and Actress, Dies at 62

Accolades accumulated throughout her long career include a British Comedy Award and four BAFTA TV Awards

British comedian Victoria Wood died in London Wednesday morning after a battle with cancer. She was 62.

“The multi BAFTA award-winning writer, director, actor and comedian died peacefully at her north London home with family this morning,” her publicist, Neil Reading, said in a statement. “The family asks for privacy at this very sad time.”

Wood, although not particularly well known in the United States, was a major star in the United Kingdom, who won her first BAFTA TV Award in 1986 for “Victoria Wood as Seen on TV,” and most recently took home two more in 2007 for ITV drama “Housewife, 49.”

“Eric & Ernie,” a TV movie she co-wrote in 2011, earned Wood two final BAFTA nominations that same year.

Wood was born on May 19, 1953, in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, England, and got her first break in 1974 on the TV talent show “New Faces.” The multi-hyphenate with acting, writing, directing, producing and even composing credits on her resume went on to create shows including “Acorn Antiques” and “Dinnerladies,” which featured longtime collaborator Julie Walters, who American audiences may remember from her Oscar-nominated role in “Billy Elliot.”

Wood, who is survived by her daughter Grace and son Henry, is being mourned by major comedic talents including Ricky Gervais and “Absolutely Fabulous” star Jennifer Saunders.

Take a look at their statements below.