Coronation Street will air heartbreaking scenes this summer when the news that Deirdre Barlow has died reaches her friends and family on the cobbles. Anne Kirkbride played the iconic role in the ITV soap for 42 years until she died from cancer in January at the age of 60.
In the current plots, Deirdre has been staying with friend Bev (Susie Blake) at her home in the Peak District since October. She initially went there to unwind following a series of stressful happenings at the Barlows but decided to stay on when Bev’s brother passed away.
The Sun reports that emotional scenes coming up in the saga will see Deirdre’s loved ones learn of her passing, after they throw a party to welcome her home. Blake is reprising her role of Bev, who arrives on the street personally with the news that Deirdre suffered a suspected brain aneurysm.
Bev will reveal that Deirdre died “peacefully” in her garden after packing her bags to return to Weatherfield, before presenting husband Ken (William Roache) with her wedding ring in a final poignant gesture. The scenes were filmed last week and reportedly reduced several members of the cast and crew to tears.
“Bosses devoted a lot of time and effort to ensuring Deirdre’s death was both sensitively explained and befitting a Corrie legend. They discussed the scenes with Anne’s husband David to make sure he was happy with their plans — and he approved of them.” – Coronation Street ‘source’ quoted by The Sun
Kirkbride will be honoured at the British Soap Awards later today (16 May) with an Outstanding Achievement gong presented by Roache and close pal Beverley Callard to her husband David.