Beverley Callard, who stars on Coronation Street, has admitted that she had “no life” while working on the country’s most popular soap.
After 31 years on and off as landlady and legend Liz McDonald, the actress exited the show in 2020.
In a new interview with The Sun’s TV magazine, the 64-year-old discusses her time on the cobbles, stating that her choice to leave the position was largely owing to how ‘full on’ it is.
‘As an actor, you’re afraid to say no to a job,’ she explained, ‘but the scripts came in and I realized I just had to trust my instincts.’
‘It’s not nine to five; it’s more like seven o’clock to ten o’clock at night, six days a week.’
‘It’s really intense, and you feel like you don’t have a life,’ says the actor. ‘It used to be a lot harder years ago when the cast was smaller.’
Beverley first appeared on Coronation Street in a one-off appearance as June Dewhurst in 1984, and then returned in 1989 as Liz.
In 1998, she took a sabbatical from the show, but returned in 2000.
‘I loved Coronation Street,’ Beverley remarked earlier this year when asked about her decision to depart. I still do and will continue to do so.
However, there are instances when it is simply not your turn on the merry-go-round. ‘It was a huge decision for me to make, but I believe I made the correct choice.’
‘I thought Liz had completed her mission,’ she continued.