Comedian, writer, and actor Cal Wilson passes away aged 53

Cal Wilson

Most recently Wilson was co-hosting Foxtel’s The Great Australian Bake Off

Stand up comedian, writer, and actor Cal Wilson has passed away after a short illness, her management confirmed on Wednesday. She was 53.

Hailing originally from New Zealand, Wilson made the move to Melbourne in 2003 to star in the sketch show, Skithouse.

Since then, she worked widely across Australian TV, making her mark on shows such as Spicks and Specks, Good News Week, Would I Lie To You and appearing in her own Netflix stand-up special. She had appeared at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 14 times and was a member of its board.

“Cal’s generosity, talent and friendship have been constants in the Australian comedy scene for the last twenty years. Cal was loved by her family, friends, fans and peers and a huge hole has been torn in the heart of our community,” her management, Token Artists wrote in a statement. 

Most recently she was co-hosting Foxtel‘s The Great Australian Bake Off alongside Natalie Tran. The new season of Bake Off was in production when Cal was first admitted to hospital.

Wendy Moore, group general manager, Lifestyle, Foxtel Group: “We are all completely devastated to lose such an amazing, vibrant person. Cal joined our Bake Off cast last year and instantly brought her unique sparkle to the show. Her professionalism, work ethic and genuine heart-warming humour instantly made her a favourite amongst cast and crew, as well as the Australian audience. We will all miss her so much, and our hearts go out to her family and friends.”

Kylie Washington, general manager and creative director production, BBC Studios ANZ: “It has been an absolute privilege and joy to work with Cal. Cal joined the Bake Off family last year, she was a hugely talented presenter and comedian who brought so much laughter and warmth to the show. She will be greatly missed by us all and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”

Cal is survived by her husband Chris and son Digby

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