Julie Walters opens up about Victoria Wood’s death

Actress and comedian Julie Walters has spoken of her pain at losing close friend and colleague Victoria Wood in a new interview.

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The much-loved comedian passed away in April at the age of 62 after losing her battle with cancer.

“Life’s short. You’ve just got to get on with it really, like she would have done,” she told Good Housekeeping magazine when asked what she’d learned from her showbiz pal’s death.

“Just get on with it all. It’s shocking. I can’t get my heart around it. I still feel like it’s slightly unreal, and then, at times, it’s not.”


The comedy duo first met in 1970 at Manchester Polytechnic’s School Of Theatre, where Julie was the first-year student asked to show a group of applicants round the building before their auditions.

The Brummie star regaled the students with tales of pranks on the wards where she worked as a student nurse before switching to drama.

They met again eight years later while performing some of Wood’s sketches and songs at a theatre in London, and went on to collaborate for more than three decades.

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At the time of Victoria’s tragic death Julie simply said: “Too heart sore to comment. The loss of her is incalculable.”