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Corrie actress Anne Kirkbride to take extended break

Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride, who plays Deirdre Barlow, is taking a two-month break from the soap.

Anne Kirkbride has been granted extensive leave from the show. Credit: PA Wire

A spokesperson for the soap confirmed Kirkbride's leave saying: "Anne Kirkbride requested a slightly extended period of leave from the show, a request the company was happy to grant."

The 60-year-old has been a constant on the show since her first appearance in 1972.

William Roache, the actor who plays her onscreen husband Ken, returned to the show in August after being cleared of charges of rape and indecent assault.

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Former Corrie star wins lucrative cheese-making deal

Sean Wilson seen selling his award-winning cheese at a market in Manchester. Credit: Empics

Former Coronation Street actor Sean Wilson has won a lucrative contract for his cheese-making business, it has been reported.

Wilson, who played Martin Platt in the ITV soap for 20 years, will supply a range of Lancashire cheeses to nationwide discount store B&M Bargains.

Since leaving the show in 2005 he has set up the Saddleworth Cheese Company, worked on a Channel 5 cookery show and published a book entitled the Great Northern Cookbook.

Wilson said he was proud of his cheese selection: "It's for people who don't get a lot of time to cook, who don't necessarily go into high end supermarkets but don't want to compromise on quality," he told the Sunday Mirror.

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Coronation Street star Barbara Knox in drink-drive arrest

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox - who plays Rita Tanner in the soap - has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive

The 80-year-old was held at her local police station in Knutsford, Cheshire, on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The actress, who has played the newsagent in the programme for over 40 years, had gone to the station after her daughter, Maxine Ashcroft, 56, was earlier arrested for the same offence.

A Cheshire Police spokesperson said: "An 80-year-old woman from Knutsford arrived at Knutsford police station and was also arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. She was bailed pending further inquiries."

A Coronation Street spokeswoman said the arrest was a personal matter.

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