Beverley Callard

Beverley Callard

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Beverley McEwan
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Callard at Manchester Pride, 2010.
Born Beverley Jane Moxon
(1957-03-28) 28 March 1957 (age 61)
Morley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Residence Eccles, Salford
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present
Television Coronation Street (1989–98, 2000–01, 2003–11, 2013–)
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001–03)
Spouse(s) Paul Atkinson (m. 1974; div. 1978)
David Sowden (m. 1980; div. 1988)
Steve Callard (m. 1989; div. 2001)
Jon McEwan (m. 2010)[1]
Children 2, including Rebecca Callard.

Beverley Jane McEwan (née Moxon; previously Atkinson, Sowden and Callard; born 28 March 1957) is an English actress, known for her role as Liz McDonald in ITV‘s Coronation Street and Flo Henshaw in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

Early life[edit]

Beverley Jane Moxon was born in Morley, West Riding of Yorkshire on 28 March 1957 to Clive and Mavis Moxon. Clive was a baker and Mavis was a concert pianist. She has a younger sister called Stephanie.

She attended Elmfield and Peel Street schools in Morley, and also Bruntcliffe High School in Morley.


At the age of seven, Callard made her acting debut as Darius the page boy. After leaving school in 1973, she took a job as a shorthand typist. She later turned to acting and appeared on stage as Jaqui Coryton in Noël Coward’s Hay Fever, Liz and Rita in Billy Liar and The Wicked Queen in Snow White.

Callard made her television debut (as Beverley Sowden) in the Yorkshire Television soap Emmerdale Farm as Angie Richards in 1983. Other roles followed, including parts in Hinge & Bracket: Dear Ladies, Hells Bells, Will You Love Me Tomorrow and The Practice.

She has released books and exercise videos called “Real Results”, “Rapid Results”, “Ultimate Results” and “Lasting Results”. She also appeared on GMTV and This Morning and has had a fitness page in the Daily Mirror.

In 2000, she played the part of Barbara in the BBC sitcom The Peter Principle.

In 2001, Callard was cast as Flo Henshaw in the BBC Three sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and continued in the role for four years. During this time, she also guested on Sky1‘s Mile High.

Between June and December 2010, Callard was a recurring panellist on ITV’s flagship show Loose Women.

She was due to appear as the Wicked Queen in the Christmas pantomime Sleeping Beauty at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, from December 2011, but had to withdraw from the production for undisclosed health reasons. She was subsequently replaced by her former Coronation Street co-star Margi Clarke.[2]

She made her return to the stage in 2012 playing Mari Hoff in a British touring production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. The cast also included Jess Robinson, Ray Quinn and Joe McGann.

Coronation Street[edit]

In 1984, Callard played Gail and Brian Tilsley‘s friend June Dewhurst in Coronation Street. In 1989, she returned to the series in the new and more significant role of Liz McDonald. She joined Charles Lawson, Nicholas Cochrane and Simon Gregson, who played the other members of the McDonald family. Callard’s first appearance as Liz was on 27 October 1989, when she went to view number 11 Coronation Street.

Callard’s character of Liz McDonald has since been a battered wife, a kidnap victim, a harassed mother and an unfaithful wife. Callard left Coronation Street in November 1998 to concentrate on her other career as an aerobics instructor and to spend more time with her family. In 2003, she returned to Coronation Street in the same role as the long-suffering mother of Steve McDonald, much-disapproving mother-in-law to Becky Granger and friend to Deirdre Barlow.

In March 2011, Callard returned to Coronation Street having left for a short break in November 2010. Her last scenes before another exit were shown in April 2011 as she left Coronation Street, seemingly for good. In 30 May 2013, it was announced that she would return, again in the role of Liz McDonald; she returned on screen on 14 October 2013.[3]

In March 2016, Callard announced a two-month break from the Street, as a result of her ongoing battle with clinical depression.[4] She returned to filming in May.

Guest appearances[edit]

She starred in an episode of 60 Minute Makeover where she helped the team decorate a school, which aired on 24 October 2008.

Callard appeared as a contestant on the 2010 series All Star Mr & Mrs.

On 24 January 2014, Callard was the subject of an episode of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories.

Personal life[edit]

Aged 16, Callard, then pregnant, married Paul Atkinson in 1974. She later miscarried.[5] Two years later, the couple had their first child, a daughter named Rebecca Callard, who later became an actress. A year later, the couple divorced, with Callard later recalling: “we were too young. He had an alcohol-induced violent side.”[5]

In 1980, Callard married David Sowden, an economics teacher. During the marriage, Callard had an abortion.[5] In 1988, the couple separated amicably.[5] Callard fell pregnant in 1989 to Steve Callard, and the couple married. Their son, Joshua was born in 1990. The pair separated due to Steve’s infidelity, once occurring whilst Callard was recovering from cervical cancer treatment.[5]

In 2008, it was announced that Callard’s pay, along with other Street stars, would be cut due to the credit crunch. She personally suffered the most, losing 40% of her earnings.[6][7]

In 2016, Callard spoke about her nervous breakdown in 2009 and her depression.[8]

Callard now lives with her fourth husband, Jon McEwan,[9] in Eccles, Salford, with McEwan’s son Ben. They married on 30 October 2010, at the Hazelwood Castle Hotel, near Leeds.[1

Actress (16 credits)
 1984-2018 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Liz McDonald / June Dewhurst (as Beverley Sowden)

Episode #1.9601 (2018) … Liz McDonald
Episode #1.9600 (2018) … Liz McDonald
Episode #1.9598 (2018) … Liz McDonald
Episode #1.9589 (2018) … Liz McDonald
Episode #1.9588 (2018) … Liz McDonald
 2012 In with the Flynns (TV Series)

Life Is Sweat (2012) … Pat
Liam Flynn, Party Legend (2012) … Pat
 2011 Bloody Norah (TV Movie)
 2010 Children in Need (TV Series)
Liz McDonald

Episode #1.31 (2010) … Liz McDonald
 2004 Mile High (TV Series)

Episode #2.5 (2004) … Carole (as Beverly Callard)
 2001-2003 Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (TV Series)
Flo Henshaw

Schluballybub (2003) … Flo Henshaw
Jammy Dodgers (2003) … Flo Henshaw
Fockin Mokky Bokka (2003) … Flo Henshaw
Hospikal (2003) … Flo Henshaw
Beastiality (2003) … Flo Henshaw
 2002 The Bill (TV Series)
Chrissie Hendry

014: Walking on Water (2002) … Chrissie Hendry
 2000 Casualty (TV Series)
Laura Hughes

Sympathy for the Devil (2000) … Laura Hughes
 2000 The Boss (TV Series)

Casablanca (2000) … Barbara
Truly Bradley Deeply (2000) … Barbara
There’s Something About Geoffrey (2000) … Barbara
Greyhound Day (2000) … Barbara
Desperately Seeking Susan (2000) … Barbara
 1987 Screen Two (TV Series)
Policewoman in Cell

Will You Love Me Tomorrow (1987) … Policewoman in Cell (as Beverley Sowden)
 1986 Hell’s Bells (TV Series)

Back Page Story (1986) … Janey (as Beverley Sowden)
 1985 The Practice (TV Series)
Maureen Riley / Maureen Riley (as Beverley Sowden)

Episode #1.33 (1985) … Maureen Riley (as Beverley Sowden)
Episode #1.32 (1985) … Maureen Riley (as Beverley Sowden)
Episode #1.1 (1985) … Maureen Riley (as Beverley Sowden)
 1984 Dear Ladies (TV Series)

Oh, Mr. Mayor (1984) … Hairdresser
 1984 Love and Marriage (TV Series)
Young Nurse (as Beverley Sowden) / Make-up girl

A Matter of Will (1984) … Young Nurse (as Beverley Sowden)
Lucifer (1984) … Make-up girl (as Beverley Sowden)
 1983 Emmerdale (TV Series)
Angie Richards

Episode #1.832 (1983) … Angie Richards (as Beverley Sowden)
Episode #1.831 (1983) … Angie Richards (as Beverley Sowden)
Episode #1.830 (1983) … Angie Richards (as Beverley Sowden)
Episode #1.829 (1983) … Angie Richards (as Beverley Sowden)
Episode #1.828 (1983) … Angie Richards (as Beverley Sowden)
 1983 Shades of Darkness (TV Series)

The Intercessor (1983) … Rhoda (as Beverley Sowden)

Self (42 credits)
 2005-2018 This Morning (TV Series)

Episode dated 3 September 2018 (2018) … Herself
Episode dated 24 November 2005 (2005) … Herself
Episode dated 19 September 2005 (2005) … Herself
Episode dated 31 March 2005 (2005) … Herself
 2017 Granada Reports (TV Series)
Herself – ‘Liz McDonald’ in Coronation Street

1 June 2017: Evening Bulletin (2017) … Herself – ‘Liz McDonald’ in Coronation Street
 2017 ITV News at Ten (TV Series)
Herself – Colleague and Friend

Episode dated 1 June 2017 (2017) … Herself – Colleague and Friend
 2010-2017 Loose Women (TV Series)
Herself – Presenter / Herself

Episode #21.139 (2017) … Herself
Episode #21.75 (2016) … Herself
Episode #21.35 (2016) … Herself – Presenter
Episode #17.180 (2013) … Herself
Episode #17.12 (2012) … Herself
 2015 The British Soap Awards 2015 (TV Special)
Herself – Presenter
 2014 Farewell Tina (TV Movie documentary)
 2014 Coronation Street: A Moving Story (TV Movie documentary)
 2014 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (TV Series)
Liz McDonald

Episode #11.1 (2014) … Liz McDonald
 2014 Lorraine (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Episode dated 6 February 2014 (2014) … Herself – Guest
 2013-2014 Piers Morgan’s Life Stories (TV Series)

Beverley Callard (2014) … Herself
Julie Goodyear (2013) … Herself
 2012 The Corrie Years (TV Series documentary)

After the Street (2012) … Herself
 2011 Farewell Liz (TV Special documentary)
 2011 Fern (TV Series)
Herself – Special Guest

Episode #1.14 (2011) … Herself – Special Guest
 2011 The Vanessa Show (TV Series)
Herself – Actress

Episode #1.4 (2011) … Herself – Actress
 2010 Coronation Street: The Big 50 (TV Special)
 2010 Breakfast (TV Series)

Episode dated 21 April 2010 (2010) … Herself
 2010 ITV Lunchtime News (TV Series)

Episode dated 4 February 2010 (2010) … Herself
 2010 All Star Mr & Mrs (TV Series)

Episode #3.5 (2010) … Herself
 2004-2009 The New Paul O’Grady Show (TV Series)
Herself – Guest / Herself

Episode dated 18 December 2009 (2009) … Herself – Guest
Episode #1.24 (2004) … Herself
 2009 Two Pints: Fags, Lads and Kebabs (TV Movie documentary)
 2007 Secrets of Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes (TV Movie documentary)
 2006 An Audience with Coronation Street (TV Special documentary)
Performer / Herself
 2005 When Ken Met Deirdre (TV Movie documentary)
 2004 Coronation Street: The Barlow Family Album (TV Movie documentary)
 2004 Coronation Street: The McDonald Family Album (TV Movie documentary)
 2004 Stars in Their Eyes (TV Series)
Herself / Cher

2004 Celebrity Special 2 (2004) … Herself / Cher
 2004 Coronation Street: Secrets (TV Series documentary)

The Street Undressed (2004) … Herself
In-Laws & Outlaws (2004) … Herself
 2004 Today with Des and Mel (TV Series)

Episode dated 25 February 2004 (2004) … Herself
 2002 Brian Conley: An Audience with Brian Conley (TV Special)
Herself – Audience Member
 2001 Auntie’s Bloomers (TV Series documentary)
Herself / Acting Role

New Bursting Bloomers (2001) … Herself / Acting Role (uncredited)
 1994-1998 This Is Your Life (TV Series documentary)

Anne Kirkbride (1998) … Herself
Jill Summers (1994) … Herself
 1997 Light Lunch (TV Series)

The Spice Girls of the Street (1997) … Herself
 1997 TFI Friday (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Episode dated 10 January 1997 (1997) … Herself – Guest
 1995 Beverley Callard: Real Results (Video)
 1993 Cluedo (TV Series)

Finders Keepers (1993) … Herself
 1991 Classic Coronation Street (TV Movie)
 1990 Happy Birthday, Coronation Street! (TV Movie)
Herself – Audience Member
 1990 ITV Telethon (TV Series)

Telethon ’90 (1990) … Herself

Archive footage (8 credits)
 2018 Coronation Street Special: From Here to Now (TV Movie)
Liz McDonald
 2015 Coronation Street Catch Up 2015 (TV Movie)
Liz McDonald
 2013 Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup of Tea (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Liz McDonald

Episode #1.2 (2013) … Liz McDonald (uncredited)
 2009 Stars on the Street (TV Movie documentary)
Liz McDonald (uncredited)
 2006 Coronation Street (Video Game)
Liz McDonald (uncredited)
 2006 TV’s 50 Greatest Stars (TV Movie documentary)
Liz McDonald (uncredited)
 1998 Women of Coronation Street (Video)
Liz McDonald



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