Anne has left her entire fortune to her husband David Beckett, an actor whom she met when he played her boyfriend on Corrie. Despite their difficult start, the couple married quietly in 1992 and Anne credited David with helping her through some of the darkest days of her life as she battled depression. The pair wed in 1992, a year before Anne was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1993. She also completed a documentary in 2001 also entitled Deirdre & Me. He was previously married to Anne Kirkbride. And it’s thanks to Corrie that I met my wonderful David. In pictures: Anne Kirkbride View gallery William Roache, who played Anne’s on-screen husband Ken Barlow, said: “I feel Anne’s loss so personally having worked closely with her … [5], In 1993, Kirkbride was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. She is most remembered for … Anne Kirkbride (21 June 1954 – 19 January 2015) was an English actress, known for her long-running role as Deirdre Barlow in the ITV soap Coronation Street, which she played for 42 years from 1972 to 2014. Anne's real Ken Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride died last night after a short illness. You can unsubscribe at any time. “They showed me his picture and I said he looked like a Leo. There was obviously an attraction between us. [1], On 29 September 2014, it was announced Kirkbride would have a three-month break from the show[3] and prior to her death, she had filmed no official last scenes, making her final scenes the ones aired on 8 October 2014 with her character's absence in the soap being explained as staying with a friend until July 2015, when her character Deirdre was killed off with Bev Unwin (Susie Blake) returning to tell Ken and Tracy that she died on the day of her 60th birthday party and homecoming. “It had been four years with nothing resembling a relationship and then David walked into my dressing room," Anne said. David is said to be utterly heartbroken and deeply saddened at the loss of Anne who has been a Coronation Street icon for 44 years. "He’d get the job and it would pay b****r-all so it wasn’t worth doing. “[Anne] was such a loving and vibrant person. Bill – who played Anne’s onscreen husband Ken Barlow for four decades – said the 60-year-old had believed in ‘life after death’ and ‘loved angels’. Anne's on-screen husband William Roache (who played Ken Barlow) said she looked youthful and 'beautiful' the last time he saw her - just one day before she lost her battle. There was not a dry eye in the house as he talked about Anne and her "vibrant" personality. (1972), for Granada Television. We know only too acutely how much Anne meant to the millions of people who watched her create the legendary character of Deirdre Barlow. [8][9][10][11] Her funeral was held on 27 January 2015 in a private ceremony. Anne Kirkbride may be the subject of a wave of tributes today but the actress, who is believed to have died from cancer yesterday, will be fondly remembered by … She was born in Oldham, Lancashire,[1] the daughter of Jack Kirkbride, a cartoonist for the Oldham Evening Chronicle. Anne Kirkbride (left) died at the age of 60 in January Last month reports surfaced, claiming that Anne's character would be written out of the … A statement from ITV last night said: "David and the programme's cast and crew are heartbroken and deeply saddened at the loss of Anne who has been a Coronation Street icon for 44 years.". Anne Kirkbride was an alcoholic claims Coronation Street screen husband Bill Roache 83-year-old Corrie legend Bill, who played Ken Barlow opposite … Speaking to the Mirror in 2012, the Corrie veteran, who has had many on-screen lovers since she first stepped onto the cobbles in 1972, confessed how she found herself caught in a real-life love triangle when she met Dave. [2], Kirkbride was noticed by casting directors for the British soap opera Coronation Street when she acted in a Jack Rosenthal play, Another Sunday and Sweet F.A. During tonight’s special Coronation Street: 60 Unforgettable Years, the cast and show bosse… Anne Kirkbride 's husband has insisted the Coronation Street actress "had not touched a drop of alcohol in 30 years" before her death. From then on, the character of Deirdre Barlow became known for her very large spectacles and her husky voice (a result of Kirkbride's own chain smoking). William Roache, Beverley Callard, Kate Ford and former co-star Johnny Briggs were in attendance. The first question I asked him was what his star sign was, and he said ‘I’m a Leo’. She played the bit part of Deirdre Hunt in Coronation Street from November 1972. She married former actor David Beckett in 1992. Our thoughts are with David and their family.". And shortly after they wed, he gave up work as a jobbing actor to spend more time with his wife - a decision he struggled with. “It was difficult... there’s that male thing that he should be the breadwinner. David is said to be utterly heartbroken and deeply saddened at the loss of Anne who has been a Coronation Street icon for 44 years, Don't miss out on the biggest soaps gossip! I hate sport, he loves it. Anne Kirkbride's death in January came as a huge shock to her Coronation Street castmates and millions of fans. Deirdre, then aged 39, fell in love with Samir, a 21-year-old Moroccan waiter she met while on holiday in August 1994. They met on the set of Coronation Street, when Beckett joined the cast as her character Deirdre's boyfriend. We're very sad to bring you the news that Corrie's Anne Kirkbride has died, aged 60.. 13:40, 19 JAN 2016 A … British Actress Anne Kirkbride was born on 21st June, 1954 in Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK and passed away on 19th Jan 2015 Manchester, England, UK aged 60. Executive Producer Kieran Roberts added:"There are no words to describe the sense of grief we feel at Anne's passing. We don’t live in each other’s pockets. David and the programme's cast and crew are heartbroken and deeply saddened… For the latest updates and tributes to Anne, click here. But the late actress' co-star … Anne Kirkbride (21 June 1954 – 19 January 2015) was an English actress, known for her long-running role as Deirdre Barlow in the ITV soap Coronation Street, which she played for 42 years from 1972 to 2014.For this role, she posthumously received the Outstanding Achievement Award at … Anne Kirkbride has died after a short illness aged 60. For this role, she posthumously received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 British Soap Awards. See full bio » It was revealed she had Irish ancestry in Gort, County Galway. Bill Roache, who played her on-screen husband Ken Barlow, said: “I feel Anne’s loss so personally having worked closely with her for over 40 years. Anne Kirkbride was born on June 21, 1954 in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England. We are totally different but we just love each other. What else do you need?” she said. Speaking in 2012, Anne admitted he had, in a way, given up his career for her. The cast of Coronation Street lead tributes to actress Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow in the ITV soap, after her death at the age of 60. Anne Kirkbride was previously married to David Beckett (1992 - 2015). It wasn’t nice for her, but she was ­absolutely brilliant when it all ­happened and I still feel bad about it. To have her as a partner for the past 40 years, I couldn't have been more blessed. Coronation Street remembered Anne Kirkbride who played Deirdre Barlow Deirdre was involved in some of the most talked about storylines in the … Anne had not been seen in the soap since last October after being given extended leave. David first appeared in Weatherfield as Deirdre’s joiner boyfriend Dave Barton. At the 2015 British Soap Awards, she posthumously received the Outstanding Achievement award, which was accepted by her husband.[4]. “I never like talking about it ­because I’m conscious of his ex. Deirdre Barlow (also Hunt, Langton and Rachid) is a fictional character from the English ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, played by Anne Kirkbride.She made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 20 November 1972, her final appearance was on 8 October 2014. Before she met David, Anne, who suffered from clinical depression, admitted she’d given up on men after a string of failed ­relationships. “When David and I met there was an instant attraction, but I didn’t want to get involved with him. Her late father Jack Kirkbride also gave an interview in the documentary in 2001. “He’s not spiritual, I am. We both did," she told us . She was married to David Beckett.She died on January 19, 2015 in Manchester, Greater Manchester. 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Tributes are pouring in from Corrie co-stars, friends, family and fans following the tragic news. He was originally credited as "Samir Raship". “It took me a long time to convince him that he wasn’t any less in my eyes if he didn’t work. She spoke to the British press about her bout of depression following the diagnosis. The pair fought against their ­feelings for six months after meeting in 1990. I hated him going away but he felt he had to do it. Final farewell: Actor Bill Roache, who played Anne Kirkbride's husband in the soap, is greeted by hundreds of fans after the service. Her final appearance: throwing a trifle against a wall with Ken Barlow, Deirdre Barlow played by Anne Kirkbride in Coronation Street in 1981, Subscribe to Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror newspapers, Emmerdale's Charley Webb fuming after Jesy Nelson's statement as she fears for kids, Charley Webb has said that she is "angry" and upset after hearing the news that Jesy Nelson had left Little Mix and the reasons behind her departure from the pop band, Little Mix fans in disbelief as they discover Jesy Nelson's acting role in About A Boy, Former Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson appeared in About A Boy alongside Huge Grant and Nicholas Hoult in 2002. Deirdre Anne Barlow (née Hunt, previously Langton and Rachid) is a long-standingfictional character in the UK television ITV Granada soap opera, Coronation Street. I didn’t want to get involved with anybody who was unavailable.”. Deirdre wastes no time chatting up Alan Howard before she knows he is married. 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Portrayed by actress Anne Kirkbride, the character first appeared onscreen during the episode that was aired on 20 November 1972. “You don’t have a choice. David Beckett was forced to … "She will be greatly missed by the Coronation Street team who share happy memories of working with her. She was cured within a year of being diagnosed.[6]. Anne’s late husband David Beckett announced on Monday evening that she had passed away peacefully in a Manchester hospital after a short illness. She was always one of us. “When I think of it now, I know I am so lucky to have met David. “David and I are very happy with our cat. William Roache, who played her on-screen husband, Ken Barlow, said in a statement about Kirkbride: I feel Anne’s loss so personally having worked closely with her for over 40 years. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. If I needed romance I wouldn’t be with him," she told us. “We eat together every night and when he goes to bed I’ll take over and watch all the science fiction and ghost and zombie things I like. “But it works. Tracy Lynette Langton is the daughter of Ray (Neville Buswell) and Deirdre Langton (Anne Kirkbride), born on 24 January 1977.Ray leaves when Tracy is a baby and she is raised by Deirdre and her husband, Ken Barlow (William Roache), who adopts her. The character's role grew and after further appearances in 1973, Kirkbride signed a contract with the serial in 1974. The soap star was cured within a year. Anne was previously diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1993, but following successful treatment returned to the soap within 12 months. The Coronation Street actress played Deirdre Barlow for 42 years and is survived by her husband David Beckett. In a statement released via @ITVCorrie's Twitter, the show representatives said that Anne's husband David Beckett had confirmed the actress had passed away peacefully in Manchester Hospital after a short illness. 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