Victoria Wood kept her cancer battle a secret for four years, according to a new biography.
The comedy actress – who was the recipient of six British Comedy Awards – died in April 2016 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer the previous year, but only a couple of friends and family knew about her illness.
According to The Mirror, the new book – titled Let’s Do It – lifts the lid on how, in 2012, she had to quit directing BBC show Loving Miss Hatto for a year so she could undergo radiotherapy and chemotherapy, as well as surgeries on a malignant lymph node.
She is said to have been determined that nobody would be aware of her cancer battle apart from friends and close family.
After stepping back from working on the BBC programme, Victora chose to go to hospital appointments on her own, and she is said to have told TV writer that she ‘can’t be bothered to put a good face on it and be jolly’.
Although she was secretly battling the disease, the beloved star kept busy with work and even delayed a procedure so she could be part of the London Jazz Festival.
Grace, Victoria’s 32-year-old daughter, reveals in the book: ‘She shared what she had to but, given the choice, I think she’d have shared none of it.’
According to the book, Victoria took Grace to the Comedy Awards and even told her: ‘I don’t want rumours spreading that I’m at death’s door.’
The Dinnerladies actress is said to have also told a friend that her treatment was ‘effing boring’.
At the time of her death, her publicist stated: ‘Victoria Wood has sadly passed away, after a short but brave battle with cancer.
‘The multi Bafta award-winning writer, director, actor and comedian died peacefully at her north London home with family this morning. She was 62.’
She is survived by her two children Grace and Henry, 28, from her former marriage to magician Geoffrey Durham.
Victoria got her first showbiz break on New Faces in 1974.
A four-time Bafta winner, she got her first win in 1986 for Victoria Wood As Seen on TV.
She didn’t only do comedy and won two Baftas for acting and writing for her drama Housewife, 49, an adaptation of the diaries of Nella Last.
The autobiography, Let’s Do It, by Jasper Rees is on sale now.
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