Beverley Callard announces shock Coronation Street news

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Beverley Callard is leaving Coronation Street after 30 years on the soap, according to OK! Magazine.

The actress, known for playing Liz McDonald, said she has had "so many sleepless nights" over the decision but promised that her character will exit in style.

Callard, 62, told OK! she was "in shock" and "felt totally numb" after finally making up her mind to leave.

But she added: "I've been told Liz is going to go with one hell of a bang. I can't wait!"

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Actress Beverley Callard on the set of Coronation Street at Granada Studios in Manchester, with Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall. The Duchess's visit to the set was as part of the celebrations for the soapÕs 50th anniversary year.
BEVERLEY CALLARD AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW MUSICAL "ROMANCE ROMANCE" AT THE MARLBOROUGH HOTEL, BLOOMSBURY.
Some of the cast of Granada TV's long running soap "Coronation Street" celebrate their BAFTA award presented at The Royal Albert Hall in London. (l/r) Bill Roache; Barbara Knox; Beverley Callard; Simon Gregson; Michael Levell (fgrnd) and Tina Hobley.
Actress Lisa Riley from Emmerdale and Beverley Callard from Coronation Street at the TVQuick Awards.
Coronation Street veteran Bev Callard said farewell to the soap today (Friday), nine years after joining as feisty barmaid Liz McDonald. Pic Dave Kendall. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Street.
Former Coronation Street star, Beverley Callard & TV presenter Jenny Powell (bottom), at the launch of the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Bone Zone in London, a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of healthy bones for healthy living.
Bev Callard, who played Liz McDonald in Coronation Street, rehearses her routine with Chippendale Kyle Benner, at the Empire in Shepherds Bush, London, after she was signed to host 'The Chippendales - For One Night Only', which will be shown exclusively on Sky TV.
Beverley Callard smiles for the cameras on her first day of filming, at a disused hospital in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, as she marks her return to the ITV soap Coronation Street, after two years away. * Beverley who plays Liz McDonald, left the Street to run off with her husband Jim's physiotherapist, Michael Wall, in November 1998. Flame-haired Liz returns for a highly charged reunion with Jim, played by Charlie Lawson.
Beverley Callard arrives for the British Soap Awards at BBC TV Centre in west London.
Beverley Callard arriving for the TV Quick and TV Choice awards at The Dorchester, London.
Bev Callard arriving for the National Television Awards 2010, at the 02 Arena, London.
The Duchess of Cornwall accompanied by actress Beverley Callard during her visit to the set of Coronation Street in Manchester.
The Duchess of Cornwall accompanied by actress Beverley Callard outside the Rovers Return during her visit to the set of Coronation Street in Manchester.
Beverley Callard and Michael Le Vell wait to greet the Duchess of Cornwall during her visit to the set of Coronation Street in Manchester.
Coronation Street actors Brooke Vincent, Beverley Callard, Michael Le Vell and Jennie McAlpine wait to meet Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, outside the Rovers Return Inn at Granada Studios, Manchester. The Duchess's visit to the set was part of the celebrations for the soapÕs 50th anniversary year.
Beverley Callard (left) and William Roache attend a memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
Beverley Callard arriving for the memorial service for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride at Manchester Cathedral.
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Callard made her debut on Corrie's cobbles in 1989 and has appeared as the feisty Rovers Return pub landlady on and off since then, leaving and returning several times.

Earlier this year, Callard signed up to star in the play The Thunder Girls, which boasted an all-female cast, production team and director.

The show, written by agent and talent manager Melanie Blake, follows a 1980s girl band who are reuniting after greed, ego and envy destroyed the group and their friendships.

Following its run in Manchester in September, the production will tour the UK next year.

Callard told the magazine that roles for women over the age of 50 are a rarity, adding: "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."

Bemoaning ageism in the industry, she added that she hoped "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".

During her time in Weatherfield, Liz's stand-out storylines have included being married to Jim McDonald and Vernon Tomlin, having an affair with Johnny Connor, and being involved in a number of feuds.

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