Filming on U.K. soap opera Coronation Street was cancelled on Tuesday (20Jan15) following the death of castmember Anne Kirkbride.

The beloved actress, who portrayed Deirdre Barlow on the hit show for 44 years, passed away on Monday (19Jan15) at the age of 60 while on a leave of absence.

Her death came as a massive shock to fellow castmembers, and filming on Tuesday was called off because many of the actors were too upset to work.

Bill Roache, who played Kirkbride's onscreen husband Ken Barlow, tells U.K. Tv show This Morning, "We all wanted to carry on filming today for Annie's sake but when it came to it we couldn't do it... The void just walking on set today was heart-rending... Like a family we've had a bereavement, so we will take some time to get over this."

Executive producer Kieran Roberts adds, "Today is a day to reflect. We did try and film today but after half an hour it was obvious it wasn't going to happen and everyone stood down from filming..."

There has been an outpouring of grief across the U.K. entertainment industry since news of Kirkbride's death broke, with tributes flooding in from co-stars including small screen veteran Les Dennis, Kate Ford, who played the actress' onscreen daughter, and Nigel Havers, who once shared a kiss with Kirkbride in Coronation Street.

Other stars to have offered tributes include British rapper Professor Green, and Being Human actor Russell Tovey.