- Joined the Rochdale Youth Theatre Workshop in 1968
- Began her career in 1974 appearing on New Faces.
- Won a BAFTA TV Award in 1986 and 1988 for her work on Victoria Wood as Seen on TV and An Audience with Victoria Wood respectively and went on to be nominated for another 12, winning 2..
- Awarded an OBE in 1997 and a CBE in 2008.
- Named as one of the 50 Funniest Acts in British Comedy by The Observer in 2003.
- Finished tenth in an ITV poll for the 50 Greatest TV Stars in 2006.
- Won 6 British Comedy Awards spanning 2 decades from 1990 (Best stand-up live comedy performer) to 2011 (Best female TV comic).