Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride, who played the character Deirdre Barlow in the long-running television soap, has died aged 60 after a short illness.
In a statement, ITV said her husband David Beckett confirmed she passed away peacefully in a Manchester hospital.
He and the programme’s cast and crew were said to be “heartbroken and deeply saddened”.
Coronation Street executive producer Kieran Roberts said: “We feel blessed and honoured to have known her.”
He added: “There are no words to describe the sense of grief we feel at Anne’s passing. We know only too acutely how much Anne meant to the millions of people who watched her create the legendary character of Deirdre Barlow.
“She will be greatly missed by the Coronation Street team who share happy memories of working with her. Our thoughts are with David and their family.”