ITV press release speak for itself.
"It is with great sadness that David Beckett has confirmed tonight that
his beloved wife and Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride has passed
away peacefully in a Manchester hospital after a short illness."
"There are no words to describe the sense of grief we feel at Anne's
passing," said Executive Producer Kieran Roberts. "We know only too
acutely how much Anne meant to the millions of people who watched her
create the legendary character of Deirdre Barlow.
"She will be greatly missed by the Coronation Street team who share
happy memories of working with her. We feel blessed and honoured to have
known her. Our thoughts are with David and their family."
Coronation Street’s creator Tony Warren captured the feelings of all who knew Anne:
“Anne was very easy to love. Her talent over the years made a massive contribution to Coronation Street.”
William Roache who played Anne’s onscreen husband Ken Barlow 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.”
Anne Kirkbride was 60. We send our deepest condolences to her family.
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