Corrie’s Liz McDonald says she’s leaving soap with ‘one hell of a bang’

Coronation Street star Beverley Callard has said she's leaving the soap after playing the iconic Liz McDonald for 30 years.

The 62-year-old actress revealed the shocking news of her departure from the award-winning soap to OK! magazine.

Beverley said she'll be leaving the show next year with "one hell of a bang".

After being in the beloved programme for three decades, Beverley said she's experienced "so many sleepless nights" over her decision to quit.

She revealed that after telling her bosses that she'd made up her mind, she "was in shock" and "felt totally numb".

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Despite the difficult decision, the soap Queen said was still excited about her Coronation Street exit, saying: "I’ve been told Liz is going to go with one hell of a bang.

"I can't wait."

The former landlady of The Rovers Return explained that she's set to go on tour with The Thunder Girls, a comedy play starring four 50-plus women.

She said: "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."

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The Corrie actress was referring to her soap role, a stint in The Rocky Horror Show and her standout performance as Roxanne in The Thunder Girls.

Beverley continued: "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."

The star admitted to being frustrated by the lack of decent roles for older actresses.

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She said: "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."

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