Victoria Wood's 9.3m fortune split between family and charity

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 March 2017
Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood split her £9.3 million fortune between her family and the Victoria Wood Charitable Trust

Victoria Wood split her £9.3 million fortune between her family and charity.

The 'Dinnerladies' star - who passed away in April 2016 after a cancer battle - left her £4million Highgate mansion and a Lake District cottage to her children Grace, 28, and Henry, 24, £50,000 each to her three siblings and cash sums of between £20,000 to £25,000 to other close friends.

According to The Sun, she also donated a huge sum to the Victoria Wood Charitable Trust but her ex-husband, Geoffrey Durham, did not receive anything in her will.

Earlier this year, it was claimed that Victoria's family were at odds over plans for a life-sized statue of the star.

Her brother Christopher Foote Wood, set up a crowdfunding page to raise money for the £30,000 tribute in her hometown of Bury, Greater Manchester but a source close to her two children accused Mr Foote Wood of "firing off under his own steam".

The insider said: "The family want a tasteful statue. This isn't the first time he has gone firing off under his own steam."

Mr Foote Wood admitted that the project had been complicated, explaining: "When it is finished, the statue will belong to me... because I have paid for it. I am putting up the money with the help of crowdfunding.

"Legally it is my property, but when it is up and running I will make it a gift to the council because really the statue should belong to the people of Bury.

"It is proceeding, but I cannot say it is exactly straightforward."

Meanwhile, Victoria will be remembered with a special six-part tribute titled 'Our Friend Victoria', this year, featuring her friends including Julie Walters, Maxine Peake, Jim Broadbent and Celia Imrie.

Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning, said: "British comedy lost its most prolific and multi-talented star last year. Victoria was unparalleled in what she achieved as a creator, writer, character actress, sketch and sitcom performer, director, singer, songwriter and stand-up - she did the lot with a unique humour and a broad appeal common touch.

"Close colleagues from across her career guide us on a celebration of Victoria's finest work so we can revel in her brilliance once more as her work and influence will live on for a long time to come."

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