Callard returning to 'Coronation Street'

Bev Callard is returning to ‘Coronation Street’ after four months sick leave.

Bev Callard is returning to ‘Coronation Street’ after four months sick leave.

The actress – who plays Rovers Return landlady Liz McDonald in the ITV soap – has been absent from the show since February amid money troubles at the real-life Cheshire pub she runs with partner John McEwan.

Following a period of recuperation the 52-year-old star is said to be excited about returning to filming next week.

A source said: “Bev’s been given the all clear by experts and will be back. The cast are over the moon.

“She’s had a rough ride off-screen in the past year but Bev’s a fighter and was determined to get back on track as soon as possible.

“It’s great news for viewers too. Liz has consistently been a favourite character – the show isn’t the same without her.”

Bev and John eventually had to close their pub, The Gallery, amid threats of bankruptcy, despite working long hours to make the venture a success.

A friend of the told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “Not only was Bev under incredible stress, she was also working flat out. But she’s pulled herself together and finally has that bubbly smile back on her face.

“John’s been a tower of strength for her throughout.”

Bev’s first scenes back will be shown approximately nine weeks time.

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