Anne Kirkbride written out of Corrie for three months

Anne Kirkbride has been written out of Coronation Street for three months following her request for an "extended period of leave" from the ITV show

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Anne Kirkbride

Anne Kirkbride

Anne Kirkbride has been written out of Coronation Street for three months.

The 60-year-old actress - who has played Deirdre Barlow on the ITV soap for over 40 years - met with show bosses to discuss her future on the show and requested an "extended period of leave" so she can sort out some personal issues.

A spokesperson for 'Coronation Street' confirmed to the Daily Star newspaper last night (28.09.14): "Anne Kirkbride requested a slightly extended period of leave from the show, a request the company was happy to grant."

The news follows revelations that the actress was offered a new £250,000 deal to stay on the popular show last month as she is an "indispensable" cast member.

A "delighted" Anne was said to be offered a new one-year contract containing the huge sum three months earlier than she was due to sit down with soap bosses for talks.

A show source said: "Anne is delighted with her contract renewal - it has further cemented her role as an indispensable cast member."

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