Bev Callard announces return to Coronation Street as Liz McDonald after surgery

Beverley Callard has confirmed she will be returning to Coronation Street after she recovers from hip surgery.

The soap icon, who plays Liz McDonald, revealed she was struggling to walk again after her second operation in July, so producers have offered to provide her with a wheelchair.

The star never got her dramatic exit, so it was instead referenced on the soap by Liz’s son Steve (played by Simon Gregson) that the iconic Rovers landlady had moved to Spain. 

‘Well, the biggest thing was we went to shoot Liz’s big dramatic exit – I’m not going to tell you what it was – but after lockdown I couldn’t go back,’ she explained during her appearance on Loose Women.

‘They did offer me a wheelchair and I said: “Absolutely not!” A wheelchair and stiletto shoes, no no no.’

The 63-year-old continued: ‘But I will go back maybe the beginning of next year, so they will see a bit more of Liz. It’s going to be very dramatic, I believe.’

Beverley – who injured her hip while doing a theatre show – previously said she feared she would be unable to walk again after a routine keyhole operation led to her needing a full hip replacement.

She has been considering legal action against the hospital in which the surgery was carried out, after being told by a consultant that, in their opinion, the operation never should have been carried out.

Beverley, whose last scenes as Liz McDonald aired in June, underwent a minor operation in March after being told she has a soft tissue tear in her right hip.

The actress was told that the surgery had went well, but in the following days, Beverley was in agony – and informed that she had ‘bone rubbing on bone’.

She told the Sunday Mirror: ‘I have been in the most excruciating pain you can imagine – like teeth grinding inside my hip.

‘But worse than that was the mental torture of thinking “is this the end for me?”

‘A huge part of me thought I’d never be able to return to Coronation Street – that I wouldn’t even walk again.’

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