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Beverley Callard rules out Corrie return and says she ‘won’t go back’ to ITV soap

Coronation Street legend Beverley Callard has officially ruled out any return to the soap in the future, revealing that it’s “just not me anymore”.

The actress, who famously played Liz McDonald, left the cobbles in 2020 after 36 iconic years on the popular ITV soap.

Despite many fans calling for her to return, Beverley has confirmed it won’t be happening.

“I won’t go back,” she said. “There’s no doubt about that. It’s just not me any more. Liz has run her course of her.”

“Now, I can please myself if a script comes in and I want to do it, I can. It’s quite liberating.”

Beverley appeared on our screens as Liz McDonald for over 30 years, but won’t be returning to the soap

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While filming the soap, the 65 year old actress was forced to take two months off after she collapsed on set with severe clinical depression in 2016.

The collapse had been caused due to the withdrawal of a medicine she had been taking to combat the debilitating condition after the company behind the medicine’s manufacture stopped making the drug, which she refused to name.

Though she returned following the incident, things were never the same, with Beverly admitting she had grown to hate character Liz’s tight-fitting outfits.

Charles Lawson as Jim McDonald and Beverley Callard as Liz McDonald pictured back in 1995.
Charles Lawson as Jim McDonald and Beverley Callard as Liz McDonald pictured back in 1995

She said of Liz’s looks in 2018: “They are disgusting, sometimes I go into the dressing room and the clothes are there and they’re just sort of laid on a chair for you to wear and sometimes I look and think ‘I dare not set foot outside of this dressing room’.

Bev later revealed in an exclusive interview with OK! her decision to leave the soap in 2019. She explained how she wanted her success in theater with both hands.

“There’s very little work in our industry for women over 50, but I’m 62 and recently I was doing three jobs at once,” she told OK! referring to her soap role of her, a stint in The Rocky Horror Show and her standout performance of her as Roxanne in The Thunder Girls. “It made me realize how I was privileged to have the opportunity to do so when so many women my age no longer get the chance.”

She later appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2020, which took place in Wales for the first time.

Following her time on the reality show, Beverley hasn’t ruled out appearing on our screens in other programs as she recently told Women’s Weekly she would like to try her hand at Strictly Come Dancing.

Bev appeared on I'm A Celeb in 2020 and is keen to do more TV
Bev appeared on I’m A Celeb in 2020 and is keen to do more TV

She had previously been involved in the BBC dance contest, but was forced to withdraw after a hip operation went wrong and left her unable to walk for several months. Fully recovered, she expressed a keen desire to dust off her dancing shoes from her.

“Maybe I could do it now,'” she said. “I don’t know whether they’d ask me again.”

At the weekend, Bev’s fellow Corrie alumni Vicky Entwistle, who played Janice Battersby for 14 years, also admitted she no longer watches the show due to a lack of on-screen ‘talent’.

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But she did go on to reveal that she may start tuning in again following the decision to bring back fan favorite eco-warrior Geoffrey David ‘Spider’ Nugent, played by actor Martin Hancock.

Vicky, 53, who left Corrie in 2011, tweeted: “This may just be the best news I have heard in the last 10 years!! Bring the Talent back!!! Might start watching now!!”

Other fans were also quick to share the sentiment, with one responding: ”Brilliant. Classic Corrie from 70s, 80s, 90s and early 00s was superb. Much missed. Needs to get back to being character driven with stories people care about that reflect normal working class lives rather than all this sensationalist stuff.”

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