Beverley Callard pays tribute to Anne Kirkbride

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Beverley Callard as Liz McDonald in 'Coronation Street'

Beverley Callard, along with many other 'Coronation Street' stars, has paid tribute to their former co-star Anne Kirkbride following her shock death last night (19.01.15).

Beverley Callard is among the 'Coronation Street' stars to pay tribute to their late co-star Anne Kirkbride.

The 57-year-old actress, who plays Anne's character Deirdre Barlow's pal Liz McDonald in the ITV soap, has spoken of her love for her long-time co-star following her shock passing last night (19.01.15).

She wrote on Twitter: "My beautiful darling friend, Anne Kirkbride, passed away in a room filled with love. God Bless, my Darling Girl! Peace and rest! (sic)"

Kym Marsh - who plays Rovers Return landlady Michelle Connor - confessed she was "devastated" to hear the beloved soap star had died aged 60.

She said: "Cannot describe how devastated we all are. Sleep tight gorgeous lady we will miss you ridiculous amounts RIP Annie x (sic)."

Anne's on-screen daughter Kate Ford (Tracy Barlow) admitted she was "heartbroken" to lose her "crazy funny" friend and colleague.

She wrote: "Heartbroken at the losee of my friend and beautiful on screen mummy. The most crazy funny 100 per cent human. My life was enriched by her (sic)."

Meanwhile, Ian Puleston-Davies, 56 - who plays builder Owen Armstrong - also opened up about losing Anne, who he claims was as "colourful" off-screen as on.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "She was such a colourful character on and off set - very different but very alike in so many ways.

"To meet her in person she shone brighter than even Deirdre did."

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