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Coronation Street star Beverley Callard reveals depression fight

Coronation Street star Beverley Callard revealed yesterday she has been receiving treatment for a nervous breakdown and depression.

The actress, who plays Rovers Return landlady Liz McDonald, was absent from the soap for five months last year. Viewers were told Liz had jetted to Spain to stay with her son Andy.

But Callard's disappearance from Weatherfield was revealed to be as a result of a “serious breakdown” for which she received treatment in the Priory Clinic, a soap spokeswoman said.

The actress, who is still being treated as an outpatient and is said to be “well on the road to recovery”, has teamed up with mental health charity Mind.

She said: “I feel it is important to try and help lift the stigma that makes life so difficult for the one in four people who experience mental health problems.”

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