Coronation Street's Beverley Callard vows to leave Weatherfield 'with a bang' as she QUITS after 30 years as Liz McDonald
- The actress, 62, first joined the cobbles Liz McDonald in 1989
- Beverley said Liz will go with 'one hell of a bang' next summer
- Liz has been a battered wife, a kidnap victim, a harassed mother and an unfaithful wife during her time in Weatherfield
- Beverley admitted she felt 'numb' when she told bosses she'll be leaving
Beverley Callard has quit Coronation Street after 30 years on the ITV soap.
The actress, 62, first joined the cobbles Liz McDonald in 1989 and said the beloved character will 'go out with a bang' when the soap celebrates its 60th anniversary next year.
'I did think, because it’s [the show] 60 next year, I thought they’ll kill me. They’re not. They said they’re not,' she said on Loose Women on Monday.
Iconic: Beverley Callard has quit Coronation Street after 30 years on the ITV soap as Liz McDonald and revealed on Loose Women on Monday her character will 'go out with a bang'
'I don’t know what it is yet, truly I don’t, they said she will go with a bang. So I’m quite looking forward to that.
'I felt I had to go, as I said earlier on in the year, I’m 62-years-old.'
Although Beverley felt 'numb and in shock' over her decision to exit the show after three decades, she is certain she's made the right call.
End of an era: The actress, 62, admitted she went 'numb' when she told bosses she'll be leaving the cobbles next year (pictured with Raquel Wolstenholme (Sarah Lancashire) in 1993)
'I had so many sleepless nights and a shed a few tears worrying they might kill Liz off, but that's the risk I had to take,' Beverley told Ok! Magazine.
And with her departure lined up for summer 2020, the soap star promised her final storyline will see her character go out with 'a bang'.
She added: 'I've been told Liz is going to go with one hell of a bang. I can't wait.'
Saying goodbye: 'I did think, because it’s [the show] 60 next year, I thought they’ll kill me. They’re not. They said they’re not,' she said on Loose Women on Monday
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The next venture: Beverley's next project will see her tour around the U.K with Coleen Nolan on the stage show The Thunder Girls
Drama on the cobbles: Beverley continued: 'I don’t know what it is yet, truly I don’t, they said she will go with a bang. So I’m quite looking forward to that'
Lady in red: The actress looked radiant in a stylish red jumpsuit and brogues for her TV appearance
Reunited: Charlie Lawson - Liz's husband Jim - returned for a brief stint last year, and Beverley hopes they can appear with sons Steve (Simon Gregson) and Andy (Nicholas Cochrane)
Beverley admitted she was leaving a 'safety net' behind as she moves on from Corrie, but she hopes older actresses will be able to find appropriate roles without being sidelined.
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.'
Although she'll be done with the show next year, Beverley recently revealed she would love her on-screen family back on the cobbles in 2020 for a 10-year reunion of their last appearances together.
Family: The family first debuted on the ITV show back in 1989, and have become a favourite with fans
She previously said: 'I so wish the producers would get us all back together. I know the fans would love it.'
Liz has had a turbulent time on the cobbles and over the past 30 years has been a battered wife, a kidnap victim, a harassed mother and an unfaithful wife.
Charlie Lawson - who plays Liz's husband Jim - returned for a brief stint last year, and Beverley hopes next year they can appear with their on-screen sons Steve (Simon Gregson) and Andy (Nicholas Cochrane) one more time.
The family first debuted on the ITV show back in 1989, and have become a favourite with fans.
Hard life: Liz has had a turbulent time on the cobbles and over the past 30 years has been a battered wife, a kidnap victim, a harassed mother and an unfaithful wife
Although Liz and Simon are still Corrie mainstays, Nicholas hasn't appeared in a decade, and he hasn't been a full-time cast member since 1997.
Looking to the future, the soap star hopes to renew her vows with her fourth husband Jon McEwan to celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary.
Beverley revealed she'll likely be 'medicated forever' because of her depression and takes five different medications.
The actress admitted she had a depressive episode back in July where she 'hit rock bottom over night' and became a shell of herself after her confidence and personality 'vanished'.
'I'll have to be medicated forever. I know I will have to take medication for the rest of my life. I am grateful it's there,' she explained to Daily Star Sunday.
Beverley previously revealed she is bipolar and has attempted to take her own life in the past.
The soap star also said when she's in the depths of her depression, she finds it difficult to talk about it to anyone.
'It’s really weird, but when you’re in the depths of it you can’t talk about it. You can only talk about it when you’ve got better,' she explained.
'So I wouldn’t be able to discuss anything if I wasn’t well. But once I’ve recovered I can try to champion the cause then to help people going through it.'
For life: Back in September, Beverley revealed she'll likely be 'medicated forever' because of her depression