Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'The Best Is Yet to Come for Me.'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'The Best Is Yet to Come for Me.'

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IT'S been three decades since Liz McDonald first set foot on the cobbles and to this day the wellloved character is still making fans laugh and cry in equal measure.

The Weatherfield favourite has been through a lot over the years - most recently getting run over and left for dead by love rival Jenny Connor and being duped by ex-husband Jim and pretenddaughter Katie, who did a runner with Liz's life savings.

And while actress Beverley Callard's life is not quite as over the top, a trait she does share with her character is feistiness - and in showbiz land, where she believes men are still seen as the dominant sex, the 61-year-old is keen to use this quality to stand up for the sisterhood.

"Without a doubt women should be on exactly the same wage for the same job," she said. "Why should every play or film have more men in it than women? It's wrong. I feel really strongly about this.

"Normally if a man voices his opinion, people listen, because they think he must have something important to say. If it's a woman, they think of her as temperamental or a diva. It's just not true.

"In the past with leading men like Richard Curtis and Oliver Reed, they were thought of as hellraisers. Well women can be hellraisers too. They are capable of being just as strong as any man."

It is this kind of passion that Beverley has channelled into her latest role, which sees her back on stage in Melanie Blake's The Thunder Girls, where the all-female main cast is over 50.

"I love Corrie," she said. "I have been on it 30 years this year and the reason why is because it is a very matriarchal show. Well this is a matriarchal play.

"What's great about this script is it isn't 15 men and three women. We need more of this.

"More often than not you will watch a film and a 50-year-old male lead will have a 30-year-old wife. If it's the other way around she is called a cougar and he's her toy boy. …

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