Tuesday 16 January 2018

Coronation Street bosses finalise plans for farewell to Deirdre Barlow

Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride
Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride
LOVE TRIANGLE: 'Coronation Street' actors William Roache (left), who played Ken Barlow and Johnny Briggs who played Mike Baldwin with Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow
Ken and Deirdre first wedding in 1981.
Anne Kirkbride played Deirdre Barlow for 42 years.
The faces of Deirdre Barlow
File photo dated 18/12/74 of Coronation Street stars during a Christmas Party sequence at the Rovers Return, as actress Anne Kirkbride (third left back) Photo credit: PA/PA Wire
Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow, has died after a short illness, her husband David Beckett said tonight. Credit: PA/PA Wire

Coronation Street producers have reportedly finalised the storyline which will bid farewell to the character of Deirdre Barlow.

Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre for 42 years, sadly padded away in January this year aged just 60, after a short illness.

Corrie bosses have now confirmed that they have finalised the plot details and the episodes will be screened in the summer although the nature of the storyline has yet to be revealed.

Speaking to Digital Spy last month, Coronation Street's executive producer Kieran Roberts said: "We absolutely will say farewell to Deirdre in the show.

"Anne's death was a huge tragedy and everybody who worked with her just loved her to bits - she was a very special woman.

"What's really important is that the first thing we have to do is respect Anne and her family.

"We're talking to her family about lots of things and when we feel we've done that, we will be planning to say farewell to the character of Deirdre as well.

"I'm sure we will do justice to that amazing, iconic character later in the year."

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