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21 June 1954
Oldham, Lancashire, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||David Beckett (1992-present)|
Kirkbride was noticed by casting directors for the British soap opera Coronation Street when she acted in a Jack Rosenthal play for Granada Television called Another Sunday and Sweet F.A. in 1972. She played the bit part of Deirdre Hunt in Coronation Street from November 1972. The character's popularity grew and after further appearances in 1973, Kirkbride signed a contract with the serial in 1974. Since then, the character of Deirdre Barlow has become famous for her very large spectacles and her husky voice (a result of Kirkbride's own chain smoking).
Other television appearances
In 1998 Kirkbride ran away on This Is Your Life during the same time she was battling severe depression  . In 2013, Kirkbride completed a documentary entitled Deirdre & Me.This was a 60-minute special to celebrate her 40th year of playing Deirdre.
In 1993, Kirkbride was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Since then, she has spoken to the British press about her bout of depression following the diagnosis. She was cured within a year of being diagnosed.
- "'My struggle to beat the blues'". The Daily Mail. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- Roche, Elisa (12 February 2009). "Anne: I may quit Coronation Street". Daily Express. Retrieved 2009-05-20.
- O'Brien, Deidre. ""I stole my real-life love from another woman": Coronation Street's Deirdre reveals her guilt". Mirror online. MGN Ltd. Retrieved 29 January 2014.