Style & ShowbizShowbiz

Julie Walters: Loss of Victoria Wood is 'incalculable'

ShowbizBy Sunday World
Julie Walters: Loss of Victoria Wood is 'incalculable'

Devastated Julie Walters says the loss of Victoria Wood is "incalculable".

The 'Brooklyn' actress was too upset by the death of her long-term comedy partner, who died on Wednesday (20.04.16) at the age of 62 following a short battle with cancer.

She simply said: "Too heart sore to comment. The loss of her is incalculable."

'Ghostbusters' director Paul Feig praised Victoria as a "brilliantly funny woman", as he wrote on Twitter: "Very sad to hear of the passing of Victoria Wood. She was a brilliantly funny woman. If you don't know her work, look her up. So sad."

British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "Victoria Wood was a national treasure loved by millions. My thoughts are with her family."

A number of British comedy stars took to Twitter to pay tribute, with James Corden writing: "I'll always feel incredibly grateful that I got to see Victoria Wood on TV and in theatres. She was so brilliantly talented,what a sad day x."

Alan Carr added: "Another legend gone. 2016 is going to be one of those years it seems. So so sad RIP Victoria Wood."

And Ricky Gervais also shared his sorrow, tweeting: "RIP the brilliant Victoria Wood. So innovative, funny and down to earth. This has not been a good year."

Lily Allen echoed his sentiments that 2016 has been a year of extreme losses, writing: "Bowie,Zaha Hadid, Victoria Wood, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Corbett, Alan Rickman, George Martin - enough is enough 2016."

And Jennifer Saunders wrote: "Cant believe Vic has gone.She was truly an inspiration and had so much left to to give and we won't see it. She was so funny.#VictoriaWood."

Victoria passed away at her home in north London, surrounded by her family after losing her short battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

The star - who began her career in the late 70s - shot into the limelight in the 1980s and established herself as one of Britain's most popular stand-up comics following the success of her show 'Victoria Wood As Seen on TV'.

She then wrote, produced and starred in 'Dinnerladies' in 1998, a sitcom about staff working in a fictional canteen factory in Manchester, for which she nabbed a number of awards including Best New TV Comedy in 1998.

Over the course of her career, Victoria secured 14 BAFTA nominations - four of which she won - as well as being appointed Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 1997.

Just over a decade later, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2008 Birthday Honours.

The funnywoman, who divorced her husband Geoffrey Durham in 2002, leaves behind her daughter Grace, 27, and Henry, 23.