Anne Kirkbride

1954 - 2015 (Age 60)


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.

JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

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For God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name by ministering and continuing to minister to the holy ones. (Hebrews 6:10). This one will never be forgotten for all the work that was done for this community and especially those encouraged and inspired in this persons' care. May God continue to strengthen the family and friends in these times hard to deal with (2 Tim 3:1), especially without a beloved one such as this talented and loved person gone...

Lov you Anne! You were so wonderful on Coronation St.! One of favorite characters of all time!Will lov you and miss you!!!

God Bless you Anne you were a wonderful actress and brave.

God Bless You Anne you were a wonderful actress and brave.

You will be missed. But I hope you have gone home to god. Xx. Safiq

To the family of Anne Kirkbride please accept my condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. When a person like Mrs. Kirkbride can touch many lives from a TV characer you know how real her heart was as a person. One can never be prepared for the empty void that's left when a loved one dies. Our Creator promises to give you the strength to live each day. He says, "I have heard your prayers, I have seen your tears". I will heal you. 2 Kings 20:5 –

I will miss seeing Ann in Coronation Street so much. I was so sad to hear of her passing. I watched the Street in the U.K. for years before immigrating to Canada in 1975. Then took up again over here in Ontario. Get so mad if I have to miss an episode. R.I.P. Ann my family will all miss you. Jane Ont. Canada.