Deirdre Barlow was a character in Coronation Street who first appeared in Ep 1236 - 20 Nov 1972. She was first married to Ray Langton then Ken Barlow and again to Samir Rachid and then to Ken again. Deirdre was known as "Sexy Specs" and in later years "Drear" due to being married to the boring Ken Barlow. Drear last appeared in Ep 8486 - 8 Oct 2014. Deirdre was played by actress Anne Kirkbride until her death in January 2015. The character was killed off in July that year.
Deirdre Hunt was born on the 8th July 1955 in Weatherfield. She was the daughter of Donald and Blanche Hunt (Nee Linfield). Deirdre was their only child. In 1963, Donald died after being hit by car. Blanche bought Deirdre up alone. One time at school, Deirdre clashed with Eileen Pendlebury.
After her death Deirdre continued to be mentioned by family, friends and neighbours. Shortly after her death Ken became friendly with Audrey Roberts and had clear attraction to her, although nothing came about it. He began going out with a woman named Nessa, although his family felt it was too soon. Ken ended up feeling the same and realising he still misses Deirdre, he split up with Nessa.
Tracy went to visit Deirdre's grave on the first anniversary on her death after she (once again) alienated a lot of people after it turned out she had been blackmailing Carla Connor for months. Robert Preston and Amy Barlow went to the graveside to support Tracy.
In 2017 Adam Barlow took Amy to visit Deirdre's grave, even though it meant missing an urgent appointment with a drug dealer which could endanger him.
In March 2017 Ken spoke of Deirdre to Sinead and admitted that even though he loved Deirdre and misses her, he still regrets marrying her as it meant being stuck on the street. This was pertaining to Sinead being with his son Daniel Osbourne, whom he felt was holding Daniel back from studying at Oxford and making a decent future for himself.
- After Annie Kirkbride's death, as well as Deirdre's, a book featuring the character's life in the series was released in October 2015 titled Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street.
Appearances: 20 November 1972, 26 March 1973–24 December 1993, 23 May 1994–8 October 2014
Died: 8th July 2015 (On her 60th birthday)
Full Name: Deirdre Ann Barlow (Nee Hunt)
Grandmothers: Iris Linfield
Children: Tracy Barlow (1977)
Grandchildren: Amy Barlow
Aunts/Uncles: Beryl Linfield
Nicknames: Drear, Sexy Specs
"Oh Tracy. How could you?" to villainous daughter Tracy when hearing of her latest antics.
"KEN!! DO SOMETHING!!!"
"He has not been the same since her with the hair hit him on the head with a hooverpipe" Deirdre, talking about Tyrone.