(1953-2016) – Comedian and Actress
Victoria Wood was born in Prestwich in Lancashire in 1953. Her father bought her a piano for her fifteenth birthday and she joined the Rochdale Youth Theatre Workshop the same year. She went on to study Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, and whilst still an undergraduate, she appeared on the talent show New Faces. A comedian, actress, lyricist,, singer, composer, pianist, screenwriter, producer and director, Wood’s talents were endless. 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.
‘If you behave normally, people treat you normally. It’s only when you act as if you’re someone special that they feel obliged to stand on ceremony.’