Corrie star Beverley Callard ‘teaching fitness classes’ after ITV soap exit
Beverley Callard, a legend of Coronation Street, has claimed she works as a fitness instructor and donates all the money to charity.
Bev, 65, is a fitness instructor who is best known for portraying landlady Liz McDonald in the television series Rovers Return.
Beverley, who is well known for being a fitness enthusiast, has great intentions for the money, giving the East Anglian Air Ambulance the revenues.
In an interview with OK! Magazine, Bev, whose husband Jon and she recently relocated to Norfolk, remarked: “So about six weeks into our move to Norfolk, I said to Jon, “Right, I’m going to start teaching again.” I advertised on the Facebook page for my community, asking for 25 feisty women to join my class.
“It didn’t matter how old they were, how fit they were, or how in shape they were. I’m not interested in instructing a class of stick insects. All I wanted were real women.
“It’s incredible that 700 people expressed interest in doing it in just two days. All proceeds from my $5 fee go to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
At the height of her celebrity, Bev even taught courses and made workout videos.
Before being chosen to play Angie Richards in Emmerdale in 1983, the actress taught aerobics. She later appeared on GMTV’s workout shows in the 1980s, guiding morning viewers through the mambo and cha cha cha.
The mother of two has also written four books, four DVDs, and a weekly fitness column, but she declined a permanent position on the morning show.
She started working on Coronation Street as Liz McDonald in 1989 and departed in 1998 to focus on her career in fitness.
She returned to the screen in 2003 as the landlady for Rovers Return, but she did not return again until 2019, with her final moments airing the year after.
Beverley has been vocal about her struggle with depression for a long time. She’s also discovered that going back to her exercise origins has improved her own mental health.
Because I was unable to exercise, I gained three stones and reached a size 14. Liz’s lycra miniskirts were becoming tighter, and I felt like I had lost my identity.
“I returned to teaching as soon as the doctors suggested I could resume exercising.”