Beverly Callard swipes at Coronation Street – claiming she 'had no life' on soap and 'scripts aren't as good anymore'

CORONATION Street icon Beverly Callard has claimed she “had no life” during her time on the soap – and even took a brutal swipe at the scriptwriters.

The actress, who played Liz McDonald for 31 years, quit the ITV soap almost two years ago – and it appears her decision was an easy one to make.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun’s TV Mag, Beverly revealed that her time on the cobbles came at a price, with a healthy work-life balance out of the picture. 

“As an actor, you’re scared to say no to a job, but the scripts came and I thought I’ve just got to trust my instincts really,” said the 64-year-old.

“It’s not nine to five, it’s like seven until ten at night and it’s six days a week.

“It’s really full on and you have no life, like it used to be a lot harder years ago when the cast was smaller.”


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Despite Coronation Street dominating at the Inside Soap Awards last year – with an incredible seven wins – Beverly claims the quality of the scripts have gone dramatically downhill.

She concluded: “I personally don’t think the scripts are as good now. I think we’re overloaded with soap operas, which is a shame.

“And also people can be quite snooty about scripts. Certainly casting directors can be and think, well, that person can do anything.

“I said no to a few scripts that came and then you think, you know, the next day you wake up and think I should have said no to that yesterday.”

Earlier this year, Beverly teased her return to the small screen following an extended break.

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Following her departure from Corrie, Bev will star in the new comedy-drama series Newark, Newark.

The series, which is currently being filmed in Nottingham, also stars Gavin & Stacey's Mat Horne, comedienne and writer Morgana Robinson and Misfits actress Lauren Socha.

Read the full interview in TV Mag, available exclusively with The Sun every Saturday.

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