Tributes are pouring in for 'comic genius' Caroline Aherne


Tributes have poured in on social media for The Royle Family actress and comedian Caroline Aherne after her untimely death aged 52.

Aherne, who rose to fame as cult chat show host Mrs Merton and cemented her position by creating The Royle Family sitcom, had been battling lung cancer and had previously been treated for bladder and eye cancer.

The passing of the Mancunian star, who was more recently the narrator of hit Channel 4 show Gogglebox, was announced by her publicist on Saturday and celebrities took to Twitter to voice their sadness.

A scene from The Royle Family with Sue Johnston and Caroline Aherne (BBC)

Actress Sue Johnston, who played Aherne's character's mother Barbara in The Royle Family, said in a statement: "I am devastated at her passing and I am numb with grief."

Ralf Little, who starred alongside Aherne as brother Antony in the hit sitcom, wrote on Twitter: "Sorry for silence - I just... don't know what to say. What a sad, sad day. We've lost another one of our best."

He added: "A character. A legend. A boss. A sister, real and (for me) fake. A boss. A writer. An actor. A genius. A friend. Big, big heart. Goodbye. X"

Coronation Street star Andrew Whyment, who played Darren on The Royle Family, fondly remembered their time together.

"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."

Tributes have also come from stars of the entertainment world including singer Ellie Goulding, Piers Morgan and Phillip Schofield.