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Cor­rie star Bev­er­ley quit­ting Street af­ter 30 years:

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By ALEXAN­DRA RUCKI news­[email protected] @MENnews­desk

COR­RIE star Bev­er­ley Cal­lard is quit­ting the soap af­ter 30 years of play­ing Liz Mc­Don­ald.

The ac­tress said Liz will make her big exit in the New Year with ‘one hell of a bang.’

The an­nounce­ment will come as a huge shock to fans of the show, but the ac­tress said she has a very good rea­son for the ‘dif­fi­cult’ de­ci­sion.

Bev­er­ley, 62, is set to go on tour with The Thun­der Girls – a com­edy play star­ring four women aged 50-plus.

The show re­ceived rave re­views dur­ing its pre­view run in Manch­ester ear­lier this year and Bev­er­ley said she is frus­trated at the lack of de­cent roles for older ac­tresses. She told OK! mag­a­zine: “There’s very lit­tle work in our in­dus­try for women over 50, but I’m 62 and re­cently I was do­ing three jobs at once.

“It made me re­alise how I was priv­i­leged to have the op­por­tu­nity to do so when so many women my age no longer get the chance.

“I’m sick of ageism in the in­dus­try. Although I’ve had to leave the safety net of be­ing in Corona­tion Street to do this, I’m hop­ing that ageist bosses, of which there are many, take note of how suc­cess­ful this show is and it starts the ball rolling on help­ing other women my age, get the roles they still de­serve.” Bev­er­ley told Cor­rie bosses she planned to leave the soap ear­lier this month.

Re­call­ing the mo­ment, she said: “I was in shock, I felt to­tally numb.

“I’ve been told Liz is go­ing to go with one hell of a bang. I can’t wait!”

Since join­ing the cob­bles in 1989, Bev­er­ley has been in­volved in a va­ri­ety of dra­matic sto­ry­lines, in­clud­ing the death of her baby, long-run­ning feuds with son Steve Mc­Don­ald and do­mes­tic abuse at the hands of on-screen hus­band Jim Mc­Don­ald.

And last Christ­mas, Liz was left for dead in a hor­ri­fy­ing hit-and-run, but sur­vived the or­deal.

Bev­er­ley will still be on-screen as Liz un­til late sum­mer 2020.

Her in­ter­view is in the cur­rent edi­tion of OK! mag­a­zine.

Bev­er­ley Cal­lard, right, has told Granada bosses she’s leav­ing the soap

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