Victoria Wood kept her cancer battle secret from her colleagues before her tragic death, her co-star has revealed.
The 62-year-old comedian, actress and writer died at home with her family by her side, after a short battle with cancer.
Duncan Preston, 69, who appeared with her in the BBC sitcom Dinnerladies and As Seen On TV, called her a “champion of the common people” as he wrote a moving tribute for the Mirror last night, writing : “I am shocked. All I know is it’s a great loss to comedy in this country. She was a very special writer and the world has lost a great, great comedienne.”
He also revealed he had no idea she was ill until her family called him with news of her death, adding that she’d had cancer “for about six months.”
Wood’s close friend and writing partner Julie Walters also paid tribute, describing her loss as “incalculable”.
Walters said in a statement: “Too heart-sore to comment. The loss of her is incalculable.”