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Coronation Street actor Anne Kirkbride was the subject of many moving tributes following her death at the age of 60. Bill Roache, who for many years played her on-screen husband Ken Barlow, spoke at the National Television Awards.
An emotional segment during the ITV ceremony featured Roache reflecting on starring opposite Kirkbride in the soap since her arrival in 1972.
Roache remained stoic as he referred to Kirkbride as one of the "best-loved and most enduring characters on British television".
"The nation took Deirdre into their hearts," he said, later adding: "I feel blessed and honoured and privileged to have had those years working with Anne."
The actor went on to describe his late co-star as "vibrant and warmhearted", before thanking all of those who have sent condolences.
"We've been deeply touched by the outpouring of love for Anne," Roache told viewers. "We share your grief for losing such a beautiful person. I love you Anne."
Producers for the awards ceremony worked with Coronation Street to
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Deirdre and Me: A Tribute will air on Tuesday, February 3 in a 7.30pm timeslot on ITV.
An ITV press release bills the programme as "another chance to see this documentary special looking at the woman behind those famous glasses, showing as a tribute to the late Anne Kirkbride and her 40-year career playing Deirdre Barlow on Coronation Street".
The programme was originally shown in November 2012 in celebration of Kirkbride reaching her 40th year in the role of Deirdre.
Deirdre and Me sees Kirkbride take the cameras backstage at Coronation Street while opening up over her soap career and her own personal life.
Coronation Street stars past and present including Bill Roache, Johnny Briggs, Michelle Keegan and Chris Gascoyne all appear in the documentary.
Kirkbride passed away in
Trustee Lenny Henry will attend the ceremony at London's O2 arena to collect the prize.
The award will recognise the charity's extensive work in the UK and internationally, and coincides with its 30th anniversary year.
Henry said: "We at Comic Relief are truly honoured to receive this amazing award to mark all the ridiculous things we have done to raise a stack of cash over the last three decades.
"But really, this award is for the great British public who have gone to extraordinary lengths, year after year, raising millions to change lives. This award recognises their commitment to help others."
Meanwhile, Coronation Street star Bill Roache will lead the tributes to co-star Anne Kirkbride at the ceremony, following her death on Monday (January 19) at the age of 60.
The National Television Awards will be broadcast live
This evening's event at London's O2 will honour Kirkbride following the sad news that she has passed away at the age of 60.
After 42 years as Deirdre Barlow on the ITV soap, Nta organisers were naturally keen for Kirkbride's long career to be recognised at the ceremony.
When the event's producers entered talks with ITV and Coronation Street yesterday, it was decided that Roache - better known on screen as Deirdre's husband Ken - should take to the stage and make a speech about the much-loved star.
Coronation Street's producer Stuart Blackburn told Granada Reports: "Bill's going to be saying a few words paying tribute to Annie. We know that's going to be difficult for him because they were very dear friends. It's just our chance to support him and
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