Corrie fans are today mourning the sad loss of much-loved actress Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow in the soap for the past 42 years.Kirkbride died aged 60 last night after suffering from a short, undisclosed illness, her husband David Beckett confirmed.Co-star William Roache, who played her husband Ken, spoke for the cast and crew in saying she will be “greatly missed”, The Independent reports.
Viewers have been paying tribute to Kirkbride by remembering some of their favourite Deirdre moments, notably the Eighties storyline surrounding her marriage to Ken and her imprisonment for mortgage fraud after being duped by fiancé Jon Lindsay.
Let’s look back at some of Deirdre’s finest scenes: Deirdre’s 1981 wedding to Ken
The first of two marriages between the popular couple, July 1981’s nuptials proved such a big event that more people watched the ceremony than tuned in for Prince Charles’ wedding to Lady Diana Spencer – that’s 24 million viewers for ITV, thank you very much.
That Deidre-Ken-Mike love triangle
Sure, they had chemistry and enough sexual tension to melt an iceberg but Corrie fans were not in favour of the Deirdre-Mike affair. Ken’s discovery of the dirty truth is hard to forget and Deirdre’s subsequent reunion with him was the soap’s highest-rated episode.
Because any scene featuring these ‘Sexy Spex’ was pretty iconic, let’s be honest.
Deirde is jailed after being framed for fraud
“I…didn’t…do…anything!” will live long in the memory as the heartwrenching words Deirdre uttered after being found guilty of a crime she did not commit. After being wrongly sent to prison for fraud, the UK began a campaign to “Free the Weatherfield One” that even former prime minister Tony Blair signed.
Deirdre gets a pie in the face
One of the more comic Corrie moments saw Gail lob a big creamy Manchester tart in Deirdre’s face during a row, much to the evident, barely concealed amusement of her family. “Ken…do something!” were her immortal words in the face of pie-themed peril.
The doomed Moroccan waiter
Moroccan waiter Samir won Deirdre over in the early Nineties aged 21 but sadly, their married bliss was not destined to last long. Poor Samir died after a vicious riverside beating by a gang of thugs and donated his kidney to Tracy.