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Anne Reid in 2022, during the documentary Happy Birthday Bill.

Anne Reid (born 28 May 1935) is an English actress who played Valerie Barlow from 1961 to 1971.

Time on Coronation Street[]

Anne joined the show in 1961, with Valerie making her first appearance in August 1961. Although Valerie voiced her intentions to remain in Weatherfield in October 1961 instead of moving with her parents to Glasgow, Reid ended up being forced to leave the show at the end of her contract due to the Equity Actor Strike against Granada. This meant that Valerie ended up leaving for Glasgow after all. Once the strike was over she returned full-time in July 1962, with Reid being glad to be back and working alongside William Roache, who played Valerie's boyfriend Ken Barlow. The following month Valerie and Ken got married.

In 1964 Valerie and Ken were axed from the show by controversial producer Tim Aspinall as part of a cast shake up, and they were intended to emigrate to Australia. Aspinall had axed other beloved characters, including Ken's father Frank Barlow. But Valerie and Ken were spared when Aspinall's replacement H.V. Kershaw overturned the decision and they remained on the show.

After nine years of playing Valerie, Reid quit the show in November 1970 and requested for Valerie to be killed off, with her exit scenes to air in January 1971. This request was accepted and she died after being electrocuted in January 1971 and then dying in a fiery blaze.

Anne had felt she had enough of playing Val and wanted to do other things. Anne said she felt like a basket case by the time she left, and wanted to do more comedy roles.

After Corrie[]

Anne has had a successful career in TV after leaving Coronation Street, appearing in many films and television shows.

In 2022 she appeared in the documentary Happy Birthday Bill to celebrate Bill Roache's 90th birthday. She jokingly remarked she had finally got to meet him at the pub after 51 years, lamenting on what Valerie intended to do on that night before dying back in 1971.