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Soap stars to pay a special tribute to Corrie's Anne Kirkbride at the National TV Awards

The Coronation Street actor William Roache will lead the tributes to Anne Kirkbride as the world of broadcasting honours her at the National Television Awards.

A small group of colleagues will be with him in the audience at the O2 Arena in London.

As the soap's Ken and Deirdre Barlow, they shared the screen for more than 40 years.

This report from Tim Scott:

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Tearful Corrie star remembers 'wonderful' Anne Kirkbride

Coronation Street star Helen Worth tearfully told Good Morning Britain how much Anne Kirkbride will be missed on the set.

The ITV soap shut down filming yesterday but Worth - who plays the long-suffering Gail McIntyre - said she was happy to be back on the cobbles so she could reminisce about Kirkbride with others who knew her so well.

"I personally am grateful to be back on set today amongst the cast where we can talk about Annie and remember the wonderful lovable person that she was," the actress told GMB.

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Calls for lifetime achievement award for 'Dierdre'

Anne Kirkbride died aged 60 on Monday after a short illness. Credit: ITV/Coronation Street

There are calls for Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride to be given a posthumous lifetime achievement award following her death on Monday.

It was revealed her onscreen husband William Roache, who played Ken Barlow, will deliver a touching tribute to her at the National Television Awards tonight.

And the soap is bookies' favourite to scoop the award for best serial drama.

Anne's castmates are due back at work today after hearing the heartbreaking news.

Writers now face the task of writing the much-loved character out of the show and say it will happen within the next month.

Anne Kirkbride to be honoured at National TV Awards

The world of broadcasting will pay tribute to Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride at the National Television Awards.

Organisers said they are planning to honour the star who played Deirdre Barlow for 44 years. She died following a short illness on Monday.

Anne Kirkbride Credit: PA Images

Organisers are now working out last-minute plans for how to incorporate her contribution to the soap world into the event, which is being broadcast by ITV tomorrow evening.

Some of the biggest names in TV will attend the show at the O2 Arena in London, with Coronation Street already likely to have a strong presence as the show is up for the best serial drama prize.

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Johnny Briggs: Everybody loved Anne

Former Coronation Street star Johnny Briggs paid tribute to "incredible" Anne Kirkbride.

Johnny - who starred as Mike Barlow, her lover and rival to her screen husband Ken Barlow - said, "everybody loved her."

Johnny Briggs who played Mike Baldwin with Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She loved everyone and everybody loved her, that's the tribute I pay to her.

I've never heard anybody say a bad word about her and she has my admiration for that because, you know, when you're living in the limelight all the time it's difficult.

I hope there is (some kind of special tribute show), she certainly deserves it.

I think I will remember her by her glasses. You know her reading glasses? She wouldn't ever take them off.

– Johnny Briggs

Farewell to a very special friend - Bill Roache on his beloved screen wife

One of the few special close friends who went to see Anne in hospital to say goodbye was Bill Roache who played her on screen husband Ken Barlow. They'd shared so much over the years he said he couldn't imagine life without her. He tells Granada Report's Lucy Meacock that one of the hardest things for him to do today, after more than 40 years, was to walk back onto the set without her by his side.

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