CORONATION Street’s Beverley Callard says she’s “the most confident she’s been in years” after her mental breakdown.
The 62-year-old actress has played Liz McDonald in the ITV soap since 1989, but had to take a break from the show in 2009 when she was admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
Speaking to the latest edition of OK! Magazine, Beverley said: “I was very confident when I first started out, but I lost that when I went through my breakdown.
“I’ve always said that depression is the curse of the strong, I tried to hide it for so long and it ended up in a breakdown.
“During that time I would agree to go to an event then on the day I’d get myself into such a state that I couldn’t go.
“I was terrified about what people would think of me and I lost all confidence in myself.”
But now Beverley – who is happily married to husband Jon McEwan – is feeling better than ever after hitting her 60th milestone birthday two years ago.
She explained: “I was dubious about turning 60 but it has brought with it a feeling of contentedness.
“I’m the most confident I’ve been in years.
“For the first time in a long time, I don’t care what people think. I’m living my life for me and I’m having a great time.”
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Earlier this month, the star insisted she isn’t quitting Coronation Street – a week after saying she would leave to spend her days doing DIY if she could afford it.
She told DigitalSpy: “I’m definitely not [leaving]. I love playing Liz. We have a writing team that love writing for her and I really don’t want to go. It’s 30 years in the autumn, so long may it continue.”Coronation Street also turns 60 next year, and I really want to be there for that as well. So no, I’m not going anywhere. I love it.”
Read the full story in this week’s OK! Magazine at http:www.ok.co.uk.
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