Coronation Street to say farewell to Deirdre Barlow

Coronation Street to say farewell to Deirdre Barlow

'Coronation Street' will say farewell to the late Anne Kirkbride's character Deirdre Barlow on-screen later this year.

The ITV soap's executive producer Kieran Roberts has revealed they are working on a tribute to the actress - who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year - which will explain her character Deirdre's departure from the show.

He shared: "She was a wonderful woman, a wonderful actress. We all miss her terribly.

"At the moment, we're respecting her memory. We're talking to her family and respecting the family's wishes, but what I can tell fans of the show is that we will be saying farewell to the character on screen later this year."

Although Deirdre's exact exit storyline is yet to be decided on, 'Corrie' bosses are keen to ensure Anne's family have had long enough to grieve before explaining her departure from the soap, in which she starred for over 40 years.

He added: "The exact plans are not yet finalised but that will certainly happen. It's important that, in the real world, the family are able to say farewell to the woman. We absolutely support and respect all of that.

"Later in the year, we will make sure that 'Coronation Street' is able to say a farewell to Deirdre."