Victoria Wood is a Actor, Director, Writer, Executive producer and Conceptual Design British born on 19 may 1953
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Nationality United-kingdomBirth 19 may 1953Death 20 april 2016
(at 62 years)Awards
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Victoria Wood CBE (born 19 May 1953) is an English comedian, actor, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and director. Wood has written and starred in sketches, plays, films and sitcoms, and her live comedy act is interspersed with her own compositions, which she accompanies on piano. Wood also composed and performed the theme music for her award winning BBC sitcom Dinnerladies. Much of her humour is grounded in everyday life, and includes references to popular British media and brand names of quintessentially British products. She is noted for her skills in observing culture, and in satirising social classes.
She started her career in 1974 by winning the ATV talent show New Faces. It wasn't until the 1980s that she began to establish herself as a comedy star, with the award-winning television series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV and became one of Britain's most popular stand-up comics. In 1998, she wrote and starred in the (again, award-winning) sitcom Dinnerladies. In 2006, she won two BAFTA awards for her one-off drama for ITV1, Housewife, 49. Wood frequently works with long-term collaborators Julie Walters, Duncan Preston and Celia Imrie.
Wood married magician Geoffrey Durham in March 1980. They separated in October 2002. They have two children, Grace (born 1988) and Henry (born 1992). Although Wood fiercely maintains her privacy and that of her children, even originally refusing to release publicly the name of her son when he was born, Henry Durham appeared in a small cameo in the accompanying 'making of' documentary for her 2010 BBC Christmas Special.
Wood is a Quaker and a vegetarian, once remarking; "I'm all for killing animals and turning them into handbags. I just don't want to have to eat them."
Wood lives in Highgate, North London.