Comedian Victoria Wood dies aged 62

Victioria Wood (centre) in Dinnerladies Photo credit: BBC/PA Wire
Victioria Wood (centre) in Dinnerladies Photo credit: BBC/PA Wire

Comedian Victoria Wood, who once drew a crowd of more than 2,000 people to the Futurist Theatre, has died aged 62 after a short battle with cancer.

Victoria performed at the Futurist on Scarborough’s seafront in 1988 and 1991. An the later, 2,000 people - not including those who had paid £5 to stand - turned out to see Victoria.

A review in the Scarborough Evening News said: “This was Victoria Wood at her comic genius best, a delivery at 100mph, turning the mundane into the downright hysterical. 

“Two encores later, Victoria left the audience applauding wildly after two hours of solid laughter, during which she’d sung, acted and taken the merciless Mickey out of caravanners.

“’Thank you for coming,” she said. “Just think, you could have stayed in for the evening with your Bird’s Eye Menu Master.”

“It’s a tribute to Victoria’s talent that for once, in Scarborough, on a soggy monday night in March, 2,000 people didn’t” 

She performed at Scarborough’s Spa in 1994 as one of the many fundraising events organised for the £5.2m conversion of the former Odeon cinema into the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Supported by the group Jazz Vehicle, the concert was a huge sell out.

In 1995, steamed into Ryedale with a film crew taking a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and visiting Malton Station as part of a new series of the BBC’s Great Railway Journeys documentary series. 

The British comedian found fame in the 1980s with her TV series Victoria Wood As Seen On TV and was well-known for her role in sitcom Dinnerladies. 

She has won five Baftas including two for her one-off ITV drama Housewife 49.

In 1997 she was made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and was then made a CBE in 2008.