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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 21 June 1954Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK
Date of Death 19 January 2015Manchester, England, UK  (breast cancer)
Nickname Annie
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anne Kirkbride was born on June 21, 1954 in Oldham, Lancashire, England. She was an actress, known for Coronation Street (1960), ITV Sunday Night Theatre (1969) and Deirdre & Me: 40 Years on Coronation Street (2012). She was married to David Beckett. She died on January 19, 2015 in Manchester, England.

Spouse (1)

David Beckett (June 1992 - 19 January 2015) (her death)

Trade Mark (2)

Large glasses
Husky Voice

Trivia (14)

Although she was known for the exceptionally large glasses which she wore as Deirdre in Coronation Street (1960) since 1973, in real life, she actually wore contact lenses.
In her spare time, she was a keen painter. It was rumored in 2009 that she was considering quitting Coronation Street (1960) in order to pursue a career in it, but this was not the case.
Her Coronation Street (1960) character, Deirdre Langton, became the fourth woman on the soap opera to give birth. Deirdre had a daughter, Tracy (played originally played by Christabel Finch, before Kate Ford took over the role), born on 24 January 1977.
Daughter of cartoonist Jack Kirkbride (1923-2006), and his wife Enid (née Kirkham) (1926-1993).
Had a younger brother, John Kirkbride (b. 1957).
Her first job upon leaving school in 1970 was as an assistant stage manager with the Oldham Repertory theatre.
Was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1993 and underwent chemotherapy; she was given the all-clear in 1998.
She suffered from severe depression in 1998.
In April 2015, the producers of Coronation Street (1960) announced that Kirkbride's character, Deirdre Barlow, will pass away in the series and be given an onscreen funeral. This occurred on the show in July 2015.
Is one of 8 Coronation Street (1960) actors to win the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards. The others are William Roache, Barbara Knox, Johnny Briggs, Elizabeth Dawn, Betty Driver, William Tarmey and Helen Worth.
Shared a birthday with her Coronation Street (1960) co-star Maggie Jones, who played her mother on the show.
Aunt of Samedi (b. 1999) and Alphin Kirkbride (b. 2001) via her brother Jack.
Is one of 12 Coronation Street (1960) actresses who despite their characters giving birth on the show have never become mothers in real life. The others are Doreen Keogh, Helen Worth, Caroline Milmoe, Joanne Froggatt, Naomi Radcliffe, Angela Lonsdale, Vicky Binns, Georgia May Foote, Natalie Gumede, Michelle Keegan and Ellie Leach.
Maternal granddaughter of Fred (1897-1976) and Annie Jane (née Booth) Kirkham (1899-1984).

Personal Quotes (1)

[Kirkbride on not having children]: "I had vaguely thought about it over the years ad thought it might happen, but it just never did. It's never been a huge problem. I don't think I've missed anything vital in my life. You see documentaries about women who are absolutely desperate to have a baby but I've never felt like that. I never had that overwhelming need that some women seem to have. I love babies and I adore kids. I've always had them in my life. When my nephews were babies I was very hands-on and I fed and bathed them. I loved it but I never really needed to do that myself."

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