Legendary comic Victoria Wood dies aged 62

British comic and writer Victoria Wood has died, aged 62.

The Dinnerladies star died after a short battle with cancer, it was announced by her publicist today.

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.”

Wood, who starred in Dinnerladies between 1998 and 2000, is known for a range of other work including standup, and TV work.

She was awarded a CBE in 2008, and won five BAFTAs. These included two for a one-off ITV drama, Housewife 49.

The ITV show was also nominated for a 2007 Stonewall Award.