David Sillito: “That husky voice, that laugh – some of the best Coronation Street moments have been Deirdre moments”
The cast of Coronation Street have led tributes to actress Anne Kirkbride, who played one of the soap’s best-loved characters Deirdre Barlow for 44 years.
William Roache, who played on-off husband Ken Barlow, said she was “a loving and vibrant person” who would be “greatly missed”.
ITV said Kirkbride, 60, died peacefully following a short illness.
Kate Ford, who played daughter Tracy, tweeted: “Heartbroken at the loss of my friend and beautiful on screen mummy.”
She said Kirkbride was “the most crazy, funny 100 per cent human. My life was enriched by her.”
Roache, whose character Ken was married to Deirdre twice, said Coronation Street had lost one of its “iconic characters”.
“I feel Anne’s loss so personally having worked closely with her for over 40 years. 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,” he went on.
“We had some rows over the years as Ken and Deirdre and it was wonderful to play those scenes opposite her.”
Anne Kirkbride’s Coronation Street career spanned more than 40 years
She played the wife of Ken Barlow, actor William Roache, for many years
Kirkbride (second right) when the Duchess of Cornwall visited the set of Coronation Street
ITV revealed on Monday evening with “great sadness” that Kirkbride’s husband David Beckett had confirmed the actress passed away peacefully in a Manchester hospital.
The broadcaster said the programme’s cast and crew were all “deeply saddened” by the news.
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