Sean Lock previously praised wife Anoushka Nara Giltsoff for her maternal instincts – with the comedy star’s other half now left to raise their children alone.
The comedy world is in mourning following the shock announcement on Wednesday 18 August 2021 that Sean passed away at the age of 58 following a battle against cancer.
The TV and stage star was married to 48-year-old businesswoman Anoushka and together they have three children; a daughter born in 2004, a second daughter born in 2006, and a son born in 2009.
Sean has always been deeply private about his family life, but has shared insight into the love and respect he has for his wife – who he praised for taking care of their family.
Sean suffered from skin cancer in his 20s, and his wife ensured their children were protected whenever they were outside – a protective move that Sean praised his wife for.
He said in a past interview: “My partner Anoushka is excellent about sun protection, and if it’s hot, she makes sure she puts SPF50 cream on the children before they step out of the house.”
In an interview with TimeOut back in 2010, Sean explained how he and his wife found the perfect work-life balance for themselves and their family.
The comedian said: “Every time I come back me and the wife have arguments and I fall out with the kids.
“The problem is she doesn’t know anything about how hard my job is and likewise I’ve forgotten how hard her job is. That’s the hard bit, but you get over it.
“Recently my wife said, the best thing to do when you come back is just shut the f**k up. Don’t say anything. Don’t get involved. Know your position. You’re the lowest in the family; you’re right behind the baby on the list of important things. Stay there. And strangely, that worked.”
Sean’s agent released a statement announcing his sad passing on Wednesday via Off The Kerb Productions.
The message stated: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Sean Lock. He died at home from cancer, surrounded by his family.
“Sean was one of Britain’s finest comedians, his boundless creativity, lightning wit and the absurdist brilliance of his work, marked him out as a unique voice in British comedy.
“Sean was also a cherished husband and father to three children. Sean will be sorely missed by all that knew him. We kindly request that the privacy of his family and children is respected at this difficult time.”
Fellow comedy stars have been sharing their condolences following the shock announcement.
Richard Osman, who worked with Sean on Channel 4’s 8 out of 10 Cats, expressed his sadness online.
The 50-year-old comedian tweeted: “Over 15 years producing ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ Sean Lock made me laugh so much and so often. A unique and brilliant comic voice. Love to his family and his many friends #RIPSean.”
While Ricky Gervais, 60, tweeted: “Such sad news. RIP the great Sean Lock. One of the funniest, most influential comedians of a generation. A lovely man.”