Anne Kirkbride

  • Born: June 21, 1954
  • Died: January 19, 2015
  • Location: Manchester, England

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Actress Anne Kirkbride, a star of British soap opera "Coronation Street" for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 60. (photo credit: theguardian.com)

'Coronation Street' star dies at 60

By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Actress Anne Kirkbride, a star of British soap opera "Coronation Street" for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 60.

Network ITV says Kirkbride, who played the long-suffering, much-married Deirdre Barlow, died Monday in a hospital in Manchester, northwest England, after a short illness.

Set in the fictional working-class community of Weatherfield, "Coronation Street" has been chronicling its characters' lives since 1960, with an enduringly popular mix of social realism, melodrama and humor. Kirkbride's character — renowned for her oversized spectacles and romantic travails — was at the heart of some of the soap's most dramatic story lines for decades.

The show is so popular that when Deirdre was wrongly imprisoned for fraud in 1998, newspapers campaigned for her release and Prime Minister Tony Blair was among those who proclaimed her innocence.

"Coronation Street" executive producer Kieran Roberts said the program makers "know only too acutely how much Anne meant to the millions of people who watched her create the legendary character of Deirdre Barlow."

William Roache, who played her onscreen husband Ken Barlow — the characters married, divorced then remarried years later — said the show had lost "one of its iconic characters."

He said Kirkbride "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."

Kirkbride is survived by her husband, David Beckett.


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You will be missed by all, on Coronation Street and beyond.

Posted by Judi Jones - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - Devoted Fan   January 21, 2015

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You will be sadly missed. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Kathy Allison - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Corrie Fan   January 20, 2015


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Actress Anne Kirkbride, a star of British soap opera "Coronation Street" for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 60. (photo credit: theguardian.com)
The Duchess of Cornwall, second from left, pulls a pint of beer in the Rovers Return pub, as she meets actors Beverley Callard, left, who plays landlady Liz McDonald, Anne Kirkbride, second from right, who plays Deirdre Barlow, second right, and Ryan Thomas, who plays Jason Grimshaw, during a visit to the the set of the British television soap opera 'Coronation Street', in Manchester, England,Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010.(AP Photo/Andrew Yates, pool)