Cal Wilson Wins Posthumous AACTA Award

"She would be bursting with pride."

There was barely a dry eye in the house when Cal Wilson won an AACTA Award following her death in October 2023, at the age of 53.

Cal’s husband, Chris Woods, and their 14-year-old son, Digby, took the stage at the AACTAs to accept the award for Best Comedy Performer on Cal’s behalf.

Chris delivered a moving speech, saying Cal would be “bursting with pride” at the achievement.

He described Cal’s role as host of The Great Australian Bake Off as “a dream gig” for his wife.

“She absolutely loved every moment of being part of it. She especially loved working with Nat, Darren, and the whole team at Bake Off,” he said.

“This award was a lovely way to recognise Cal’s talent and persistence in the industry.”

The audience was moved to tears as Chris continued to remember his late wife.

“Tomorrow will be fourth months since I lost my wife, four months since Digby lost his mum and four months since the world lost an amazing and talented woman.

“We miss her every day. Thank you so much for honouring her today.

As Chris and Digby left the stage, the audience offered a standing ovation.

Cal passed away at the age of 54 from a “rare and progressive” form of cancer, according to the Daily Telegraph.

A month after her passing, Chris took to Instagram to share his grief and thank her friends and fans for their outpouring of support.

“Although Digby and I remain in a world that keeps spinning, for us it is world forever changed. You brought light, love, and laughter to us every second of the day,” he wrote.

“The words, the silly voices, the jokes, and the love. So much love. We miss you so much.”

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