Coronation Street finally addresses THIS mystery of MISSING character

Coronation Street
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Fans have been wondering where Liz McDonald has got to...

Coronation Street has finally cleared up the mystery surrounding Liz McDonald's absence after she vanished from our screens.

It was announced earlier this year that actress Beverley Callard would be leaving her role of legendary Liz after playing the character for 30 years.

Liz/Gemma/Dr Gaddas Coronation Street ITV

Liz hasn't been seen on screen since earlier this year (Picture: ITV)

But when Beverley's departure was first announced, it was revealed that she would be filming big exit scenes in July as Liz leaves the cobbles.

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However, plans changed when the coronavirus pandemic hit, forcing filming to shut down back in March.

Now it seems Liz's grand departure has been scrapped and Beverley will now bow out of the show in a more subtle way.

Steve and Leanne Coronation Street

Steve and Leanne chatted about Liz being in Spain last night (Picture: ITV)

After the character hasn't been seen on screen for weeks, last night (Wednesday 12th August) saw her mentioned for the first time in a while.

Liz's absence explained...

Liz's name came up as Steve was talking to Leanne about Oliver's recent diagnosis with mitochondrial disease.

Talking of recent events, Steve admitted that he wanted "everything to go back to the way it was" and that the pressure of having to be normal was taking its toll.

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Steve admitted to missing his mum (Picture: ITV)

Leanne then agreed: "I don't suppose it helps that your mum is in Spain, either."

To which Steve added: "I get why she had to get out of here, but it's one less person to talk to, I suppose."

According to Liz's move to Spain is now the characters exit storyline.

Steve and Leanne Coronation Street

Leanne mentioned Liz being in Spain last night (Picture: ITV)

The website has reported that a source close to the show has revealed Beverley is now out of contract and so it is unlikely that we will see her back on our screens again.

Either way, Liz's brilliant comedy timing, combined with her great drama, means she is a character that is certainly going to be missed.

Coronation Street will temporarily air a reduced schedule of three episodes a week.

Watch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm on ITV. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

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.