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Anne Kirkbride remembered by Beverley Callard

27 December 2015 12:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

21 June 1954 – 19 January 2015

The charismatic actor loved making her friend and co-star laugh, but in all her decades on the Street, ‘Deirdre’ never fluffed a line herself

• Read the Observer’s obituaries of 2015 in full here

Cilla Black remembered by John Madejski

Annie was incredibly sexy; she was one of the sexiest females I’ve ever met. But she was like that without trying. You always knew she was in the building before you saw her, because you’d hear that amazing, raucous laugh. She was just a powerhouse – but in a very kind, caring way. She was larger than life in everything she did. She was full of empathy for everyone. She didn’t have a manipulative bone in her body. I’m not just saying that because she’s not here now, that’s the way she was.

Annie became a household name almost by accident

Related: Appreciation: Deirdre Barlow, »

- Beverley Callard

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Cilla Black remembered by John Madejski

27 December 2015 12:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

27 May 1943 – 1 August 2015

The Reading Fc chairman reflects on his friendship with the popular singer and TV presenter

• Read the Observer’s obituaries of 2015 in full here

Anne Kirkbride remembered by Beverley Callard

I first met Cilla in Barbados, at a party given by my friend, the entrepreneur Eddie Healey. I was chatting to her with a glass of red wine in my hand when I noticed that the music system was smoking away, about to catch fire. I shouted over to Eddie, who charged across the room, bumped into me and I tipped my wine all over Cilla, which was incredibly embarrassing. I apologised profusely, as you do, and gave her my card, saying let me know what the damage is, fearing the worst because it was a designer dress, no doubt. I never heard from her, of course: she was far too much of a lady to get in »

- John Madejski

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Kate Ford misses late Anne Kirkbride

5 December 2015 12:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Kate Ford wants to spend Christmas with the late Anne Kirkbride. The 'Coronation Street' star - who portrays nasty Tracy Barlow on the ITV soap - admits she would love to have had one last festive holiday with the late actress, who played her on-screen mother Deirdre Barlow for over four decades. When asked who she'd like to join her for Christmas dinner, she said: ''Probably Annie (Kirkbride). I really miss her, she'd bring some good advice to the table and some fun.'' And the 38-year-old actress is looking forward to spending more time with her seven-year-old son Otis over the Christmas break. She »

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Coronation Street: Audrey and Ken's romance being 'delicately done'

28 October 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Coronation Street' actress Sue Nicholls says her on-screen romance with Ken Barlow is being ''delicately done''. Sue's character Audrey Roberts is set to embark on a relationship with Ken (William Roache) just three months after his wife Deirdre passed away and she's revealed producers are being very careful not to disrespect the memory of the late Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre for forty years before she sadly lost her battle with cancer in January. Sue said: ''Everybody loved Annie, it was always a joy to be with her. ''But you've got to kind of think of the story - and I don't mean »

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Chris Gascoyne returned to Coronation Street for Anne Kirkbride

12 July 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Chris Gascoyne wanted to come back to 'Coronation Street' for Anne Kirkbride. The 47-year-old actor has revealed when he heard the actress, who played his on-screen mother Deirdre Barlow in the ITV soap, passed away from cancer aged 60 in January, he didn't think twice about returning to play Peter Barlow for the on-screen funeral. He said: ''I was very happy to come back. I was very close to Annie Kirkbride, and when I heard she'd passed away, I thought Peter should come back for both her and Deirdre's sake.'' The actor - who left 'Corrie' last year after 14 years on the »

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Anne Kirkbride's Corrie funeral a 'wonderful send-off'

11 July 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Anne Kirkbride's 'Coronation Street' funeral will be a ''wonderful send-off''. The actress - who played Deirdre Barlow in the ITV soap - will be buried in an episode airing on Monday (13.07.15) and William Roache, whose character Ken Barlow was married to Deirdre, thinks viewers will be pleased with her send-off. He said: ''From Annie's point of view, she's had a wonderful send-off - both as a person and on screen. Everybody loved Annie, they really did - and the stories we're telling really show that and respect it. It's been great to act out.'' The soap legend - who has been in »

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Ferne McCann heading into Love Island

9 July 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Chris Gascoyne wanted to come back to 'Coronation Street' for Anne Kirkbride. The 47-year-old actor has revealed when he heard the actress, who played his on-screen mother Deirdre Barlow in the ITV soap, passed away from cancer aged 60 in January, he didn't think twice about returning to play Peter Barlow for the on-screen funeral. He said: ''I was very happy to come back. I was very close to Annie Kirkbride, and when I heard she'd passed away, I thought Peter should come back for both her and Deirdre's sake.'' The actor - who left 'Corrie' last year after 14 years on the »

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Deirdre Barlow: Coronation Street says goodbye to a legend

8 July 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From her bubble perm and glasses to her travails with Ken and her time in prison, she left an indelible mark on viewers of the soap

Dark times descend on Weatherfield this evening. As the Barlows excitedly squabble over plans for a surprise 60th birthday party to mark the return of the iconically put-upon Deirdre, they are greeted by Susie Blake’s Bev, a tragic, tear-stained character at the best of times. Deirdre’s sudden death by aneurysm, sitting in a deckchair, comes cruelly and inevitably, after the premature passing of Anne Kirkbride in January. She was last seen hurling a trifle at the wall of No 1, melting down under the pressure of stepson Peter’s murder trial, shouting “jelly shouldn’t run, it should wobble”. An abrupt end to 42 years on the cobbles. If circumstances dictated that Deirdre would be denied an epic exit storyline, there’s something unintentionally perfect about that final sequence. »

- Dan Martin

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Beverley Callard: Anne Kirkbride 'knew' she was dying

28 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Beverley Callard believes Anne Kirkbride ''knew'' she was dying. The 58-year-old actress has revealed how she felt when she went to visit her best friend and 'Coronation Street' co-star - who died, aged 60, from cancer - on her death bed in January. Beverley - who plays Liz McDonald on the ITV soap - said: We took turns sitting with her, stroking her head and her hand. We kissed her and hugged her. We were talking to her all the time so she knew how loved she was, how much we cared about her and that we were all there for her. ''Without »

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Perez Hilton tried to quit CBB 4 times

25 June 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Beverley Callard believes Anne Kirkbride ''knew'' she was dying. The 58-year-old actress has revealed how she felt when she went to visit her best friend and 'Coronation Street' co-star - who died, aged 60, from cancer - on her death bed in January. Beverley - who plays Liz McDonald on the ITV soap - said: We took turns sitting with her, stroking her head and her hand. We kissed her and hugged her. We were talking to her all the time so she knew how loved she was, how much we cared about her and that we were all there for her. ''Without »

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Anne Kirkbride memorial service held in Manchester

31 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Anne Kirkbride was honoured with a memorial service on Saturday (30.05.15). Stars from 'Coronation Street' as well as friends and family attended the service at Manchester Cathedral to pay their respects to the late actress, who played Deirdre Barlow in the soap, following her death from cancer aged 60 back in January. The 600-strong congregation included famous faces from the ITV soap such as Liz Dawn (Vera Duckworth), Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley Cropper), Helen Worth (Gail McIntyre) and Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor), with some of the longest-running screen stars speaking at the memorial. Beverley Callard - who plays Liz McDonald - cracked jokes about »

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William Roache called a Anne Kirkbride a 'love bomb'

29 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

William Roache has described the late Anne Kirkbride as a ''love bomb''. The 'Coronation Street' actor - who is set to read a poem at a memorial service for his former on-screen wife tomorrow (30.05.15) - has revealed his nickname for the late actress, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. Speaking about filming the funeral of Anne's 'Corrie' character Deirdre Barlow - whom she played for over 40 years - William said: ''It is a family and doing the funeral that we're doing of Deirdre next week, Annie will be there, we're just feeling her there the whole time »

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Deirdre Barlow to return to Coronation Street as a ghost?

26 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Deidre Barlow is to return to 'Coronation Street' as a ghost. The long-running character - who was played by the late Anne Kirkbride - will reportedly make her presence known in an upcoming scene between Michelle Connor and Steve McDonald following the news of her death. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''It will be a really spooky moment because it will seem like Deirdre is making her presence felt from beyond the grave. ''Michelle and Steve are talking about her, sharing their memories and their shock at her death, when suddenly the doors swing open with a huge crash.'' Following the news that »

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Beverly Callard knew Anne Kirkbride wasn't coming back to Corrie

20 May 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Beverley Callard knew her ''work sister'' Anne Kirkbride was never coming back to 'Coronation Street' after the soap legend was signed off as sick. After 42 years on the ITV soap, Anne had stopped working months before she passed away aged 60 from breast cancer in January this year but the majority of the 'Corrie' cast thought she would be back playing Deirdre Barlow. However, Anne's ''best friend'' Beverley - who plays Liz McDonald on the soap - was one of the few people aware of how sick she really was. The 58-year-old actress said: ''I knew she wasn't coming back to work »

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Coronation Street bosses plan 'heartbreaking' Deirdre Barlow exit

14 May 2015 4:11 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Coronation Street' bosses have planned a ''heartbreaking'' exit for Anne Kirkbride's character Deirdre Barlow. The actress died in January, aged 60, after losing her battle with cancer and it's been revealed her character's 42-year association with the soap will conclude when Ken Barlow - played by Bill Roache - throws a surprise party for her, only to be told by Bev Unwin - played by Susie Blake - that Deirdre suffered a suspected brain aneurysm and died ''peacefully'' in her garden. A show source said: ''Filming this was emotional for everyone involved. Tracy (Barlow) just breaks down and howls as Steve (McDonald) »

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Bev Unwin returns to Coronation Street for Deirdre's funeral

12 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Bev Unwin is to return to 'Coronation Street' for Deirdre Barlow's funeral. Susie Blake, who played Rovers Return barmaid Bev from 2003 to 2006, is set to reprise her role later this year in order to pay tribute to her pal, the late Anne Kirkbride. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''It's going to be emotional. ''Some of Deirdre's closest friends and her family will be there to pay their respects.'' Susie was close friends with Anne, who played Deirdre in the ITV soap for over 40 years, before she tragically lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. And the 65-year-old actress »

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Chris Gascoyne wants to do Anner Kirkbride proud

7 May 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Chris Gascoyne wants to ''do Annie proud'' when he returns to 'Coronation Street' for Deirdre Barlow's funeral. The ITV soap is set to pay tribute to Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre for over 40 years before losing her battle with cancer earlier this year, with a funeral for her long-running character. And Chris, who played Deirdre's step-son Peter, is hoping to give her a good send off. He said: ''Hopefully it'll put a bit of closure on it for us as well ... It's just for a few episodes but it's all about Deirdre and it's the way it's affected Peter, Tracy and »

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Chris Gascoyne returning to Corrie for Deirdre's funeral

24 April 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Chris Gascoyne is returning to 'Coronation Street' as Peter Barlow for the funeral of his stepmother Deirdre Barlow. Following actress Anne Kirkbride's death from breast cancer in January bosses are to honour her 42 years playing Deirdre by giving the character a storyline send-off from Weatherfield. Chris left his role as Peter in November 2014 but is coming back to the cobbles to honour his friend Anne. The 42-year-old actor told the Birmingham Mail newspaper: ''We will be saying goodbye to Deirdre but also to Annie, so it is bound to be very emotional. I worked with Annie for 15 years and I »

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Kelvin Fletcher wants new Emmerdale romance

23 April 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Chris Gascoyne is returning to 'Coronation Street' as Peter Barlow for the funeral of his stepmother Deirdre Barlow. Following actress Anne Kirkbride's death from breast cancer in January bosses are to honour her 42 years playing Deirdre by giving the character a storyline send-off from Weatherfield. Chris left his role as Peter in November 2014 but is coming back to the cobbles to honour his friend Anne. The 42-year-old actor told the Birmingham Mail newspaper: ''We will be saying goodbye to Deirdre but also to Annie, so it is bound to be very emotional. I worked with Annie for 15 years and I »

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Anne Kirkbride to be honoured with funeral for Coronation Street character

16 April 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Anne Kirkbride is to be honoured with a funeral for her 'Coronation Street' character Deirdre Barlow. The beloved actress passed away earlier this year after losing her battle with cancer and it's now been revealed 'Corrie' will pay tribute to her by giving Deirdre a funeral described as the ''biggest the soap has ever seen''. A source said: ''It will be the equivalent to a state funeral in soap terms. All the current cast will be there and there may be some old favourites brought back to pay their respects.'' Bosses of the ITV soap began planning the send off after deciding »

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