Beverley Callard has revealed that she will back on the Coronation Street set at the start of next month.
The actress, who plays Liz McDonald on the ITV soap, is currently signed off with depression, but has assured fans that she will soon be back behind the bar of the Rovers.
Speaking about the effects of having one of her antidepressants withdrawn from the market, Callard said: “Once you go right down into that black hole, it’s very hard to get yourself out of it. And I knew I was going there.
I lost confidence totally, and to be honest, to play Liz you’ve got to be very brave to put those clothes on I have to tell you! And I put on this PVC skirt and thought ‘oh goodness me’- and that day I just felt idiotic and that I’m not up to doing this anymore, and my confidence had just totally gone.”
But a period of recuperation has now led to her making plans to make a comeback: “I’m back on the first of May – in a PVC skirt I’m sure!” she added to ITV’s This Morning.
Callard also revealed that it was only thanks to an intervention from friend and former Corrie star Denise Welch that she ended up getting the help she needed:
“I went to see a consultant and, I have to tell you, he was rubbish. He looked at me as if I was an idiot. And the problem is, you have to be strong enough to say ‘please help me, I know I need help, I don’t know what the help is, you have to tell me’ But he just looked at me as if I was stupid.
“And in the end I had to come to London to see a professor and he saved my life. He just got the balance right, and he told me how I was feeling and he was bang on. Denise Welch recommended him – she was amazing.”
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