THE world of comedy paid tribute to Victoria Wood with many stars citing her as an inspiration.
James Corden said: “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.”
Ricky Gervais also remembered her, writing: “RIP the brilliant Victoria Wood. So innovative, funny and down to earth. This has not been a good year.”
Comedian and author Katy Brand wrote a short but poignant message: “Thank you, Victoria. RIP.”
Bond actor Sir Roger Moore said the news was “difficult to absorb”. He tweeted: “She was a total joy to work with and watch on TV. 2016 is becoming a terrible year.”
Absolutely Fabulous actress Jennifer Saunders said: “Vic was simply one of the funniest writers and performers this country has ever produced. She was an inspiration and will be terribly missed. Am devastated that she has gone and my thoughts are with her family.”
Comedian Sarah Millican said she was “incredibly sad” and described Wood as a “true comedy icon”.
Journalist and author Caitlin Moran described the early influence Wood had on her, saying: “Seeing Victoria Wood on TV - working class, bookish, silly, clever, doing stand-up, singing, acting - made me think ‘Girls can do this’.”
Comedian Jenny Eclair said: “All of us women in comedy owe a huge debt of gratitude to Victoria - she paved the way.”
Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins wrote on Twitter: “RIP, the briilliant, brilliant Victoria Wood x”
Actor Danny Dyer said: “A world without Victoria Wood is a sad sad thing. My first major crush. R.I.P beautiful. 2016 ... the year of taking the greats.”
Comedian John Bishop wrote on Twitter: “A true comedy legend #ripvictoriawood.”
Comedian and actor Jack Dee said he felt “privileged to have known and worked with the great Victoria Wood”.
Fawlty Towers actor John Cleese said he was shocked by the news.
“I worked with her last year and was reminded of just what a superlative performer she was. Only 62 !”, he tweeted.
Illusionist Derren Brown tweeted: “No! Not Victoria Wood. What on earth is going on? A shy genius by all accounts. End of an era.”
Comedian David Baddiel said: “I can’t do it. I can’t do it. I can’t think Victoria Wood has gone.”
Actress Minnie Driver wrote: “Oh no! Just waking up to news of Victoria Wood. Wood And Walters shaped my childhood, she was absolutely pure magic.”
Novelist JK Rowling posted a video of Wood performing Reincarnation Song, writing: “Watch and weep. 62 is far too young. RIP Victoria Wood.”
Coronation Street’s Sue Cleaver, who starred in Wood’s BBC comedy Dinnerladies, tweeted: “RIP Victoria. Taken far too soon.”
Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams said he had “happy memories watching #VictoriaWood’s TV shows with my mum, dad & sister”, and he described her as a “humble genius”.
Sherlock creator and actor Mark Gatiss wrote: “Inconceivable that Victoria Wood has gone. She had a kindly yet savage eye for the ordinariness and the grotesquerie of life.”
10 of Victoria Wood’s most witty, perceptive and quirky quotes
Victoria Wood’s passing on Wednesday morning was met with shock and sadness. The multi Bafta award-winning writer and comedian was revered equally by the public and those who had worked with her. Long time collaborator, Julie Walters, said yesterday she was “Too heart sore to comment. The loss of her is incalculable.”
Wood was one of the nation’s sharpest comic writers known for her droll observations of celebrity culture and the female sex. As much as she will be missed, her comments and one-liners will live on. Here we have selected a few of the national treasure’s most enduring witticisms.
“Everyone’s a national treasure these days; you can’t move for them. But there should only ever be one at a time. For years, it was Dame Thora Hird. After she died, it was going to be Judi Dench, but then Joanna Lumley saved the Gurkhas so she got the gig.”
“If God had meant them (breasts) to be lifted and separated, he would have put one on each shoulder.”
“Sexual harassment... is it a problem for the self-employed?”
“I know I’ve got a degree. Why does that mean I have to spend my life with intellectuals? I’ve got a lifesaving certificate but I don’t spend my evenings diving for a rubber brick with my pyjamas on.”
“Jogging is for people who aren’t intelligent enough to watch television.”
“I thought you could get pregnant if you swam the backstroke in the same lane as a boy who’d just swum the butterfly.”
“If they like you in the North of England they won’t say, “You were wonderful, darling!” They’ll say, “You weren’t bad” or “I didn’t mind it”.
“I thought Coq au Vin was love in a lorry.”
“In my 20’s I was going round seeing agents who were patronising because I was fat and a girl, which was a double whammy. I knew what it was to feel out-of-the-loop”.
“I always loved children and babies and knew I wanted them, so being a mum came easily to me. I speak to my kids on a regular basis. I know their names. I even hug them occasionally”.