Victoria Wood was born on 19 May 1953. She was an English comedian, actress, lyricist, singer, composer, pianist, screenwriter, producer and director. She wrote and starred in dozens of sketches, plays, musicals, films, and sitcoms over several decades and her live comedy act was interspersed with her own compositions which she performed at the piano.
Victoria Wood Biography
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May 19, 1953
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Comedian | Actress
Geoffrey Durham (m. 1980 – div. 2002)
Grace and Henry
April 20, 2016
Early Life and Education
Victoria Wood was born on 19 May 1953 in Prestwich, Lancashire, England. She was the youngest of four children. Her father, Stanley Wood, was an insurance salesman and her mother, Margaret Wood, was a housewife. Wood grew up in a working-class family and attended Bury Grammar School for Girls. After leaving school, Wood studied drama at Birmingham University. She graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Wood began her career as a stand-up comedian in the early 1970s. She quickly gained a reputation for her sharp wit and ability to observe everyday life’s funny side. In 1978, she made her television debut in the BBC comedy show New Faces.
In the 1980s, Wood starred in a number of successful television shows, including Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV and Victoria Wood’s All New Summer Show. She also wrote and starred in the sitcom Dinnerladies, which became a cult classic.
In addition to her work in television, Wood starred in several films, including Pat and Margaret and Housewife, 49. She also wrote a number of musicals, including Acorn Antiques: The Musical! and That Day We Sang. Much of her humor was grounded in everyday life and included references to activities, attitudes, and products that are considered to exemplify Britain. She was noted for her skills in observational comedy and in satirizing aspects of social class.
Wood was married to Geoffrey Durham from 1980 to 2002. They had two children together, Grace and Henry.
Awards and Recognitions
- BAFTA Television Award for Best Actress (2006)
- BAFTA Television Award for Best Entertainment Performance (1986)
- British Comedy Award for the Best Live Stand-Up (2002)
- CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) awarded by Queen Elizabeth II (2008)
- Royal Television Society Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television (2011)
Victoria Wood died on 20 April 2016 at the age of 62. She had been diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
Victoria Wood was one of the most talented and successful entertainers of her generation. She was a master of observational comedy and satire, and millions of people around the world enjoyed her work. Wood was also a role model for many women, and she paved the way for other female comedians to achieve success.