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Coronation Street's Beverley Callard reveals she's learning to WALK again after hip surgery drama

Beverley Callard
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 20: Beverley Callard is seen leaving ITV studio's on October 20, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by David Thompson/FilmMagic) (Image credit: FilmMagic)

Soap legend Beverley Callard has been going through a tough time behind closed doors...

Coronation Street star Beverley Callard has revealed she's learning to walk again after routine keyhole hip surgery went disastrously wrong.

The actress, better known as Weatherfield's legendary Liz McDonald, has been to hell and back after facing the terrifying prospect of being in a wheelchair.

Beverley Callard Coronation Street

Beverley Callard has played Coronation Street's Liz McDonald for the last 30 years (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: UK Press via Getty Images)

Beverley's year from hell

63-year-old Beverley bravely has told her devastating story to the Sunday Mirror, revealing that she thought she was going to lose everything.

The actress told the paper... "The last six months I have been through hell.

"I have never been in so much pain in my life and to what makes it worse is I believe it could have been avoided.

"The pain was like teeth grinding inside my hip. But worse than that was the mental torture or thinking, 'Is this the end for me?'"

Beverley Callard Coronation Street

Beverley thought she would be forced to quit Coronation Street without giving Liz a proper exit (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Liz's absence explained...

While the actress was facing the battle of a lifetime behind closed doors, fans were left confused about where her character, Liz, had vanished to.

Beverley had already announced she would be departing the role after 30 years this year, but fans were baffled by her quiet departure.

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As it turns out, Beverley hadn't yet left at all and was instead forced to take this break from filming to recover from her ordeal.

Steve, Leanne, Liz, baby Oli

Beverley Callard will be returning to Coronation Street next year (Picture: ITV)

Last month Liz's absence from our screens was addressed when her son Steve McDonald mentioned she was over in Spain.

It has now been revealed that Beverley will postpone her departure from Coronation Street, remaining for another year before giving her character the exit that she deserves.

Since her first operation Beverley has now undergone reconstructive surgery and told the Mirror about her fight to learn to walk again with the help of daily physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.

Steve McDonald, Liz McDonald, Leanne Tilsley Coronation Street

Beverley Callard is now planning to stay at Coronation Street for another year... (Picture: ITV)

"At one point I thought I was going to lose everything. A huge part of me thought I'd never be able to return to Coronation Street and that I wouldn't even walk again.

"Liz is famous for mini skirts and high heels, not crutches and a mobility scooter. I thought I wouldn't be able to do my job any more.

"It's been absolute hell."

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm on ITV - see our TV Guide for fill listings. 

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.