Coronation Street star Beverley Callard overcome with emotion while filming “the demise of Deirdre”

"People used to call us the ‘work sisters’ because we were just always together," Callard says of her friendship with the late Anne Kirkbride

Beverley Callard has been speaking about her grief following the death of Coronation Street co-star Anne Kirkbride.

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“I miss everything about her,” the actress told ITV’s Lorraine. “People used to call us the ‘work sisters’ because we were just always together. But even in private life as well, we both used to go to Spain together with our husbands and I truly miss her every single day.”

Show bosses have already announced that former Corrie stars Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow) and Susie Blake (Bev Unwin) will both return to mark the passing of Kirkbride’s character Deirdre Barlow.

The Sun reported last week that Deirdre’s nearest and dearest will be seen planning a welcome home party for her only for Bev to break the news that she’s died of a brain haemorrhage. 

Speaking about the filming of the emotional scenes, Callard said today: “Last week, I did my first scene in the Barlows’ living room since Annie had died.

“We’re beginning to talk about the demise of Deirdre and my husband said to me, ‘How will you feel about this?’ and I said, ‘I’ll be fine because we’re not talking about Annie, it’s pretend, we’re talking about Deirdre.’

“Suddenly I walked into the Barlows’ and I was so taken over with emotion. It was really, really difficult to do and I’ve not found that before.”

Viewers can see Anne Kirkbride honoured with a posthumous Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards, which airs tonight on ITV at 8pm.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Coronation Street below.

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