Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Happy Birthday Blanche and Deirdre

Maggie Jones (our Blanche Hunt) and Anne Kirkbride (our Deirdre Ann Hunt Langton Barlow Rachid) play mother and daughter on-screen. In real life they share a birthday.

Maggie Jones: Born June 21 (year unknown)

The original Blanche was played by Patricia Cutts who died suddenly after appearing in only two episodes on the Street. The character couldn’t be cut so Maggie Jones was asked to fill the role.

Before joining the cast in 1974 as Blanche Hunt, Maggie played a police woman and a drunker shoplifter on Coronation Street.

Maggie won an award for Best Comedy Performance this year at the British Soap Awards.

Anne Kirkbride: Born June 21, 1954

Joined the cast in 1972 at age 18.

Married to David Beckett. David played plumber Dave Barton on Coronation Street. He also played the role of one of Deirdre’s many love interests.

Her on-screen wedding to Ken Barlow in 1981 received higher ratings than the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.

Anne was diagnosed in 1993 with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is now cancer-free.

Chain-smoker who loves her fags.

Unlike Deirdre’s super-sized spectacles, Anne wears contact lenses.


Anonymous said...

Blanche is a riot. Last night i think she coined a new phrase. In commenting on Tracey's dour demenour she quipped...

"you've been walking around with a face like a dropped pancake..."

LOL...i am going to be using that for sure, it's so ridiculous.


donald said...

happy birthday!!!