Anne Kirkbride Dies Age Sixty
Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride, who played the character Deirdre Barlow in the television soap, has died aged sixty after a short illness. The actress who was in the show for forty-two years, passed away peacefully in a Manchester hospital.
Co-star William Roache, who played her on screen husband Ken Barlow for forty years, said, “I feel Anne’s loss so personally having worked closely with her for over 40 years. 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.”
Kirkbride who has not appeared in the show since last October is believed to have suffered breast cancer which spread to her brain, a number of the cast members have left twitter message about the passing of their co-star including:-
Katie Ford who plays her on-screen daughter said, “Heartbroken at the loss of my friend and beautiful on screen mummy. The most crazy, funny 100 per cent human. My life was enriched by her.”
Les Dennis said, “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.”
Kym Marsh said,” Cannot describe how devastated we all are. Sleep tight gorgeous lady we will miss you ridiculous amounts RIP Annie x.”
One thing is for sure the great British public will miss Anne Kirkbride and her character Deirdre Barlow in Coronation Street.