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Anne Kirkbride
Born Anne Kirkbride
21 June 1954 (1954-06-21) (age 55)
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Years active 1972 to present
Spouse(s) David Beckett

Anne Kirkbride (born 21 June 1954 in Oldham, Lancashire) is an English soap opera actress.

Career

Kirkbride was noticed by casting directors for the British soap opera Coronation Street while she did an ITV special series called Another Sunday and Sweet FA. She was offered to play the bit part of 'Deirdre Hunt' in November 1972. After a few appearances, the character's popularity grew. After more appearances in 1973, Kirkbride signed a contract with the serial in 1974. Since then, Deirdre has become synonymous with a scratchy voice (caused by real-life chain smoking) and very big eyeglasses.Kirkbride has no children.

In 1993, Kirkbride was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Since then, she has come clean to the British press about her bout of depression following the diagnosis. She was cured within a year of being diagnosed.[1]

In 1998 Anne appeared on This Is Your Life during the same time she was battling severe depression.

Kirkbride is the daughter of Jack Kirkbride, former cartoonist for the Oldham Evening Chronicle.

In 2002 Anne completed a documenatry entitle Deirdre & Me.

In 2007, Kirkbride starred in the first episode of ITV1's You Don't Know You're Born.

She is one of the few actors in Coronation Street not to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

References

  1. ^ Roche, Elisa (12 February 2009). "Anne: I may quit Coronation Street". Daily Express. http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/posts/view/84449. Retrieved 2009-05-20.  

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