She has been part of the Coronation Street drama on and off for over 20 years, but right now Beverley Callard is involved in her very own off-screen soap opera as she loses everything and faces bankruptcy!
The flame haired feisty former landlady of the Rover’s Return is reportedly being stung with a £60,000 tax bill, and has been served a bankruptcy order.
Callard, who left our screens 13 months ago after her last spell back on the street after taking a substantial amount of time off whilst suffering from depression, could be forced to sell her Salford home which neighbours Manchester’s Granada Studios, where Coronation Street is filmed.
A source close tot he star commented: “She’s no option but to go bankrupt if the tax office refuse to budge.”
According to reports Callard, who played Steve McDonalds mum, Liz, in the award-winning ITV soap, has been summoned to Official Receivers’ offices in Manchester — under her married name Beverley McEwan — to discuss the crisis.
All isn’t to bleak though, the actress has just signed up to appear in a new series of the BBC comedy In With the Flynns after which she will then join the touring production of comedy drama, Little Voice.
The source added: “It will take a while for her to get back on her feet financially and catch up from where she was.”
This is not the first time that the soap legend has been in this situation. Back in 2000 she, along with husband at the time, Steve Callard, was hit with a tax bill of £26,00, and then in 2008 she was forced to sell her house when the pub she owned went bust with outstanding debts of £218,000.
A spokesperson for the star declined to comment on the situation.
Watch Bev’s final scenes as Liz McDonald in the clip below:
Coronation Street can be seen Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings on ITV1/ITV1 HD.