Deirdre's Greatest Moments
We've collected some of our favourite Deirdre scenes together.
Take a look back and smile at what made Mrs Barlow so great.
Deirdre's first scene
Businessman Jimmy Frazer brought 17-year-old typist Deirdre Hunt along to his lunch meeting at The Vine, hoping her attentions would soften up his partner Alan Howard - husband of the formidable Elsie, who turned up to keep an eye on things and threw a few catty insults at Deirdre.
Following a blazing row with Peter, Deirdre sought solace in a Christmas tryst with Dev, on whom she’d harboured a crush for months. Her one-off infidelity remained a secret from Ken for more than a year, until Tracy finally uncovers the truth.
Over 22 million viewers tuned in as Deirdre finally pieced together the clues and confronted Ken about his affair with council mole Wendy Crozier, delivering the classic line "I want to know where you've been - and who with."
The Love Triangle
The culmination of the famous Ken/Deirdre/Mike Baldwin love triangle resulted in an angry Ken losing his temper with Deirdre, when Mike turns up on their doorstep following her frank confession.
Deirdre’s third marriage, to Moroccan toyboy Samir Rachid, came to a premature end as Samir died from injuries sustained when he was attacked en route to the hospital to donate a kidney to drug-addled Tracy. Deirdre granted permission for the operation to go ahead and weeped as Samir’s body was taken into theatre.
Tracy and Deirdre
On the eve of her murder trial, Tracy confessed to her horrified mother that she did indeed plan to deliberately kill her boyfriend Charlie Stubbs. Old wounds were reopened as the women lay bare their volatile relationship, and Tracy implored Deirdre to lie in court to back up her story of self-defence.
Feeling the pressure in the build-up to Peter’s trial for Tina McIntyre’s murder, Deirdre erupted during a family meal, hurling a trifle at the wall before heading off to visit her friend Bev Unwin for a break. This would turn out to be the last time we saw her on screen.