Corrie’s Beverley Callard says she’s ‘the most confident she’s been in years’ after her mental breakdown


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.

Coronation Street’s Beverley Callard says she’s “the most confident she’s been in years” after her mental breakdown
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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.”

Beverley talks about her renewed confidence in this week’s OK Magazine
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Beverley has played Liz McDonald in Coronation Street since 1989
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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.”

Beverley had to take a break from the soap in 2009 after being admitted to a psychiatric hospital
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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.”

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