Anne ‘Deirdre’ Kirkbride has sadly died. She was a much loved Coronation Street actress, the English actress played the role of Deirdre Barlow for over forty years becoming famous for for her very large spectacles and her husky voice. Back in September, 2014 she took a three month eave from the show. She was from Oldham, Lancashire, the daughter of a former cartoonist. Also in 1993 she was was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and she had been cured within a year of her diagnoses. Now following a brief illness she passed away on January, 19 2015 at a Manchester hospital at the age of sixty. She and actor David Beckett married in 1992, they met on the set of Coronation Street.
The soap’s cast say they are devastated,
“She was such a loving and vibrant person. You always knew she was there because her laugh was never far away.
“She was an impeccable performer with superb comedy timing and an immense gift for really heightened drama.
“We had some rows over the years as Ken and Deirdre and it was wonderful to play those scenes opposite her.
“Coronation Street has lost one of its iconic characters and Anne will be greatly missed.”
The show’s executive producer, Kieran Roberts, said the cast felt “blessed” to have worked with her.
“There are no words to describe the sense of grief we feel at Anne’s passing.”
Lorraine Kelly tweeted:
“So very sad to hear of death of Anne Kirkbride – Thoughts with her husband and family and everyone who loved her. Corrie legend.”
Samia Ghadie, who plays Maria in the soap, tweeted:
“#RIP to a wonderful unforgettable lady.. Anne Kirkbride . We will miss you so very much x”.
Former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan,
posted an emoticon of a broken heart, adding: “So so sad. Devastating news. Love you Annie. The nation is now in mourning…”
Les Dennis, who plays Michael Rodwell in the soap, tweeted:
“So very sad to hear our lovely Anne Kirkbride has died. One of the true icons of @itvcorrie. We will all miss you. The nations favourite.”
Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale in Eastenders, posted:
“Such sad news about Anne Kirkbride. My thoughts are with her family and all the Corrie cast and crew.”
Kirkbride leaves behind her husband, David, and her brother John.
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