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Bill Roache leads Anne Kirkbride tributes at NTAs

Bill Roache led tributes to Coronation Street's Anne Kirkbride at tonight's National Television Awards.

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

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Coronation Street stars pay tribute to 'always happy Annie'

Her character was so woven into the national fabric, Tony Blair affectionately ordered his Home Secretary to investigate the case of the 'Wetherfield One.'

For 44 years, Anne Kirkbride portrayed the turbulent life and times of Deirdre Barlow in Coronation Street.

William Roache - her on-screen husband Ken Barlow - spoke movingly to ITV News reporter Damon Green, of a friend and colleague who was "always loving, always happy".

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