British comedy actress Caroline Aherne dead at 52
Comedian known for BBC series Gogglebox, The Fast Show and The Royle Family, died after cancer battle
British actress and comedian Caroline Aherne has died at the age of 52 after a battle with cancer, according to her publicist.
Aherne, best known for co-writing and starring in the acclaimed Brit sitcom The Royle Family, about a television-obsessed family, was treated for lung cancer in 2014. It was revealed earlier this year she was suffering from throat cancer.
The BAFTA-winning writer, who died at her home in Greater Manchester, U.K., on Saturday, previously had bladder cancer and a rare cancer of the retina, called retinoblastoma.
She also narrated the British reality show Gogglebox, featuring people in their homes watching television shows and was part of the BBC comedy sketch program The Fast Show from 1994-97.
Coronation Street's Andrew Whyment, who starred alongside Aherne in The Royle Family, posted on social media that "it was a privilege to have worked with her."
So sad 2 hear the passing of Caroline Aherne it was a privilege to have worked with her on the Royle Family very talented woman indeed RIP X—@andywhyment81
Writer, actor and soccer player Ralf Little, who also was part of the The Royle Family cast, wrote that "Caroline would now say something grounded, incisive, and hilarious" but he's at a loss for words.
Thing is, amidst all sadness Caroline would now say something grounded, incisive, and hilarious. I can't think of anything, but she would.—@RalfLittle
Another well-known British comedian and actress, Victoria Wood, died in April after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Wood was considered a trailblazer for female comics in Britain, including Aherne. Both mined everyday, often banal situations for humour and infused observations on class and culture in their style of comedy.