Victoria Wood

National treasure, comedienne, actress, musician and writer; entertaining us for more than 30 years, Victoria Wood graduated from Birmingham in 1974 with a BA in Drama.

Why she was outstanding

Victoria’s career took off in 1974 when still a Drama student at Birmingham; she appeared on the TV talent show New Faces and won. From there her career centered around stand-up comedy, branching out into films, sitcom, directing and producing. She worked with the brilliant Julie Walters on and off from 1978.

The multi-talented creator of the sitcom Dinnerladies and Acorn Antiques – the musical!, a spin off from the much loved spoof, also wrote two serious dramas, Pat and Margaret in 1994, and Housewife 49 in 2006. The latter was based on the Mass Observation diaries of Nella Last, and won 2 BAFTAs, one for best screenplay and one for Wood as Best Actress.

She was awarded an OBE in the 1997 Queen's Honours List and the CBE in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to drama. Her work was laden with other awards, including the 2005 British Comedy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Comedy.

One of the most popular entertainers in Britain, Victoria died in April 2016 after a short battle with cancer.

Did you know?

In the early 1980s, she was one of the presenters of Insight, Yorkshire TV’s schools programme for hearing-impaired children.