Victoria Wood has kept her first secret cancer battle hidden from loved ones for years


Victoria Wood secretly battled cancer four years before her eventual death from the disease, a new biography reveals.Let’s Do It, published yesterday, recounts that in December 2012, the comic had to stop directing the BBC’s Loving Miss Hatto for a year of radiation, chemotherapy and malignant lymph node operations.

After diagnosing cancer in her “belly area”, she was convinced that no one would know except a few close friends and family.

The comic, which ultimately lost its battle with cancer in 2016, even delayed a procedure to attend the London Jazz Festival.

She also felt good enough to record a voiceover for the ITV series The Talent Show Story.

Actress Victoria Wood has been hiding her battle with cancer for years

Victoria, then 58, missed out on a few awards show but took her daughter Grace to the Comedy Awards that year, saying, “I don’t want rumors going around that I’m on the brink of death.” . ”

At Christmas, she told a few more friends about it. It was speculated that she was being dismissed to be informed that Victoria, who divorced in 2002, has a new beau.

The comic replied, “I have something… but it’s not a man. She complained to another friend that the treatment was “boring.”

She died in 2016

Her son Henry, now 28, lived with her in Highgate, north London. He recalls: “It didn’t sound so worrying. It was like ‘uh-oh, it’s cancer’.

“” Looks like it’s going to be fine but we just have to get through. ”

However, her daughter Grace, now 32, felt the news had hit her mother very hard. She said, “She shared what she had to do but, given the choice, I don’t think she would have shared anything.”

After being forced to take a backseat on Loving Miss Hatto, Victoria opted to attend her hospital appointments on her own, telling TV writer Peter Bowker: “I can’t be bothered to do so. good figure and to be cheerful.

She participated in GBBO

With barely a week of radiation therapy, she felt sudden pain and swelling in her leg and was taken to hospital with a blood clot that required another operation.

She described her recovery in hospital as “three hellish weeks”.

But the following year, she bounced back to present a tea documentary filmed in exotic locations.

Victoria Wood poses with children Henry and Grace Durham

She told Bowker: “I feel like I missed the last 12 months with so much hospital talk.

“Going to China and India meant leaving home.”

By the time she arrived in Edinburgh in the summer of 2013, Victoria felt like herself again. “It’s much more sophisticated than when I last played
here, ”she told her sister Rosalind in an email. “But the same old shitty shows. ”

* Let’s do it, by Jasper Rees, Trapeze, £ 20.

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