UK actress and writer Caroline Aherne, best known for The Royle Family has died, aged 52.
She died at home after suffering from cancer. Two years ago she revealed she had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer. She was born with a rare form of retina cancer and later received treatment for bladder cancer.
Aherne, who co-wrote, directed and starred in The Royle Family, which ran for three series from 1998 to 2000, followed by specials from 2006 to 2012.
Aherne also created acerbic chat show host Mrs Merton for The Mrs Merton Christmas Show won the best talk show BAFTA in 1997, while The Royle Family collected best sitcom award in 2000 and 2007. Aherne was nominated for BAFTAs for her performance in both shows, as well as her directing of The Royle Family in 2001.
She also narrated Gogglebox for the UK.
BBC director general Tony Hall said: “She was a brilliant, award winning comedy writer and performer, much loved by audiences – especially for The Royle Family and Mrs Merton and for her wonderful voicing of many shows. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.”