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Coronation Street pays ultimate tribute to Deirdre

Coronation Street has paid a quiet tribute to star Anne Kirkbride showing a picture of the actress, who plated Deirdre Barlow for 40 years, at the end of tonight's programme.

Anne Kirkbride died on Monday after a short illness.

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Ant and Dec pay tribute to late Corrie star Anne Kirkbride

TV favourites Ant and Dec spoke of their shock at the sudden passing of Coronation Street legend Anne Kirkbride at the National Television Awards (NTAs) on Wednesday night.

Ant told ITV News that the news of her death was a "very sad" while Dec said Anne would be "in everyone's thoughts".

The Geordie pair, whose TV credits include Britain's Got Talent and Saturday night takeaway, once again won the gong for presenting.

NTAs 'a great celebration tinged with shock'

Former Coronation Street star Natalie Gumede, who played Kirsty Soames from 2011- 2013, has paid tribute to Anne Kirkbride at the National Television Awards (NTAs).

Natalie told ITV News: "I think it's going to be a very poignant evening, it's a great celebration tonight but obviously it's tinged with a great deal of shock that we're all feeling, as a nation I think."

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.

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.

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