Fans of Coronation Street were left shocked yesterday after it was announced that Anne Kirkbride had passed away, aged 60. Anne, who played the role of Deirdre Barlow for 42 years died following a short illness in Manchester last night.
The long-running soap’s cast and crew are said to be “heartbroken and deeply saddened” by Anne’s death while her on-screen husband, William Roche spoke of his own grief at her passing: “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.”
Kate Ford, who plays Anne’s on-screen daughter, Tracy also paid tribute to the actress on Twitter: “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.”
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
— kate ford (@kateford76) January 19, 2015
Our thoughts are with her husband David and her family at this tragic time.