It's so very sad, I don't quite know where to start today with this. Last night the news broke that Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow in Coronation Street for almost 45 years, has died after a short illness.
Today, as Anne Kirkbride's Corrie friends and cast mates pay tribute to her, her obituary is in today's Guardian online and reprinted here in full, with credit to them.
|Anne Kirkbride, actor, born 21 June 1954; died 19 January 2015|
In 1983, two years after their wedding, Ken found out that Deirdre was having an affair with Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs) and told her to leave. The explosive storyline proved to be the serial’s biggest to that date, with unprecedented press coverage. It caught the imagination of the public to the extent that the electronic scoreboard at a midweek Manchester United game informed 56,000 fans of the drama’s resolution: “Deirdre and Ken united again!”
In 1993, a year after marrying the actor David Beckett – who had played Dave Barton, Deirdre’s handyman boyfriend, in Coronation Street – Kirkbride was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer affecting her neck. She lost most of her hair as a result of chemotherapy, returned to the Granada set with a wig after six months and was finally given the all-clear in 1998.
However, as she put this illness behind her, Kirkbride was diagnosed with clinical depression. “I’m too sensitive, everything hits me too hard and affects me too much,” she said in a 2012 documentary, Deirdre & Me: 40 Years on Coronation Street. “I realised that all my life I’d probably suffered from a very mild form of depression.” She was prescribed anti-depressants and immediately felt better.
Kirkbride is survived by her husband.
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