Bev Callard lands first role since Coronation Street exit after doing I'm A Celeb 'for money' when acting roles dried up

Coronation Street icon Beverley Callard has shared a look at her first acting role since quitting the ITV soap almost two years ago.

The actress, who played Liz McDonald for 31 years, left fans overjoyed as she teased her return to the small screen following an extended break.

Bev, who took part in I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! after leaving Corrie, will star in new comedy-drama series Newark, Newark.

The series, which is currently being filmed in Nottingham, also stars Gavin & Stacey's Mat Horne, comedienne and writer Morgana Robinson and Misfits actress Lauren Socha.

It’s thought that Beverley will play the mum of Morgana’s character Maxine. 

Taking to Twitter, the star has shared a series of behind the scenes snaps taken as she got to work on Newark, Newark.

Tagging in the series' creator, Bev tweeted: "Another day filming Newark Newark @nathan_foad."

Fans have been quick to reveal their excitement at Beverley's work announcement, with one replying: "This’ll be incredible. Your comedic timing plus Morgana?! Amazing."

Another told the actress: "This sounds fabulous!!!! And Morgana too. Joyous!!!! X."


Newark, Newark is a three-part series and will air on Gold at a date to be announced.

Set in the East Midlands market town of Newark, the story will follow 'pugnacious chip shop manager and exhausted matriarch, Maxine, as she tries to ride out her divorce and find someone who actually lights her fire'.

This is believed to be Beverley's first acting job since leaving Coronation Street. She announced she was quitting in November 2019 before going off screen in the summer of 2020.

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The soap star was due to appear in the touring theatre show of Thundergirls but it was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Beverley instead went on to sign up for the 2020 series of I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!.

It is believed she was paid £125,000 for her appearance. She was the third celebrity to be eliminated from the ITV1 reality show.

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