Anne Kirkbride, who was a part of Coronation Street died after a short illness. She passed away peacefully in a Manchester hospital.
Her husband David Beckett and the programme’s cast and crew were said to be heartbroken and deeply saddened.
Co-star William Roache, who essayed the role of her husband, Ken Barlow, for many years, said she would be greatly missed.
“Coronation Street has lost one of its iconic characters and Anne will be greatly missed. I feel Anne’s loss so personally having worked closely with her for over forty years. She was such a loving and vibrant person. You always knew she was there because her laugh was never far away.” stated William Roache.
Anne Kirkbride was an impeccable performer with superb comedy timing and an immense gift for really heightened drama. In the 1980’s one of the soap’s most famous storylines hinged on whether she would stay with Ken Barlow. She was married four times in the programme, twice to Ken.
The popularity of her character was demonstrated when a real life campaign was launched to free Deirdre when a storyline saw the character jailed in 1998 after being duped into a mortgage fraud by fiance Jon Lindsay. The campaign was even backed by Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Kirkbride started working in Coronation Street in 1972 as Deirdre Hunt and over the years became known for her character’s large glasses and husky voice.
Kate Ford, who plays her on-screen daughter Tracy Barlow, tweeted: “Heartbroken at the loss of my friend and beautiful on screen mummy. The most crazy, funny hundred percent human. My life was enriched by her.”
She will be greatly missed by team Coronation Street who share happy memories of working with her.
Anne Kirkbride, the actor who essayed the role of Deirdre Barlow in Coronation Street for over forty two years is no more. She was sixty. Anne Kirk...2.0