Following the tragic death of Anne Kirkbride, one of Coronation Street's longest-serving stars, we pay tribute to her beloved character Deirdre Barlow with a selection of her best moments from 42 tumultuous and often hilarious years in Weatherfield…
The lorry smash (1979)
It was an era when no one thought twice about parking newborn babies on pub doorsteps. But Deirdre believed she’d paid a heavy price after stopping off for a chat with Mrs Walker and leaving Tracy Luv open to the elements.
The first Ken and Deirdre wedding (1981)
The marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer wasn't the only high profile wedding ceremony of July 1981 - Ken and Deirdre's nuptials bagged 24 million viewers for ITV as Deirdre took off those Sexy Specs for her big day. But the happiness wasn't to last...
The love triangle (1983)
Ken bristles with indignation as Deirdre fesses up to a fling with Mike Baldwin. Bill Roache’s unscripted choking of his on-screen wife has become the stuff of TV legend. Check out Anne Kirkbride’s entirely genuine strangled yelp in this clip:
The Moroccan waiter (1995)
Twenty-one-year-old Moroccan waiter Samir became Deirdre’s third husband, but their marriage wasn’t to last long. After receiving a canalside beating, Samir ended up donating his kidney to Tracy (a sacrifice oft-referenced since) and dying a tragic death. Deirdre ended up wishing Tracy had breathed her last rather than the love of her life.
The Weatherfield One (1998)
Deirdre carried the can for bogus airline pilot Jon Lindsay’s fraud and ended up in the slammer, her only company being a rabid Margi Clarke (as Tyrone’s mum Jackie) and a sadistic Cell Block H-style warder called Veetch. Prime Minister Tony Blair came riding to Deirdre’s rescue by demanding her release.
The pie (2010)
One of the funniest Street moments of all time – Deirdre gets a face full of cake after a cat fight with Gail. The pair came to blows after Deirdre’s illicit kiss with crooked cad Lewis came to light. All of which resulted in Deirdre demanding a swift exit from the Platts’ front room.
The trouble with trifle (2014)
The stresses surrounding the murder of Tina and Peter's trial become too much and Deirdre lets rip with some dessert-based anguish. This scene, first aired in October, would form part of what turned out to be actress Anne Kirkbride's final episode on the ITV soap.