Adam Woodyatt and William Roache pay tribute to Coronation Street’s Anne Kirkbride during the National Television Awards 2015 ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Read on for further details.
“EastEnders” actor Adam Woodyatt paid tribute to “Coronation Street” and late actress Anne Kirkbride. The English actor and media personality is best known for his role as Ian Beale in the long-running BBC soap opera “EastEnders.” He referred to Kirkbride as the “Weatherfield One.”
“Thank you so much for voting for us in what is going to be our 30th year. A big thank you to Dom and his team. He’s the man who’s picked our programme up and dragged us back up here, because we haven’t been up here for this for something like four years. So a big thank you to Dom and all his team from us,” said 46-year-old.
— BBC EastEnders (@bbceastenders) January 21, 2015
He is the only actor to have been in the show ad infinitum since it started in February 1985. His stability was honored at the 2013 British Soap Awards when he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Ian Beale. Alongside Letitia Dean, who plays Sharon Watts, Woodyatt is one of only two members of the original cast in “EastEnders.” In 2008, he won the Architectural Photographer of the Year Award of the SWPP BPPA Society with a picture he took at St Pancras, where he was filming “EastEnders.”
The audience were teary-eyed during the National Television Awards for the stars after the late actress’ on-screen husband William Roache paid a touching tribute to her. The 82-year-old played Ken Barlow in the long-running soap for 54 years. He spoke emotionally about the actress, who played his wife Deirdre Barlow for more than 40 years.
— Coronation Street (@itvcorrie) January 21, 2015
Roache has played Ken Barlow in “Coronation Street” since its first episode on Dec. 9, 1960. He is recognized as Guinness World Records as the longest serving living television actor in a continuous role.
“The nation seemed to want us together and I feel so blessed, honored and privileged to have had those years working with Anne. What we’ll remember the most is the vibrant, warm-hearted, loving person who came to work each day, gave us all a hug and brightened up our lives,” Roache said.
Kirkbride passed away on Jan. 19, 2015, at the age of 60, after a short illness.
The star portrayed Deirdre Barlow for 43 years, but it has been alleged that her co-stars were unaware of her heath issues.
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