Published On: Thu, May 13th, 2021

Coronation Street legend Beverley Callard, 64, poses in denim shorts on her new Vespa

She credited her stint in the I’m A Celebrity jungle with giving her a new lease of life. 

And Coronation Street legend Beverley Callard, 64, showed no signs of slowing down this year after revealing she bought herself a brand new Vespa.  

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Beverley said she was ‘growing old disgracefully’ as she shared a series of pictures sat on her scooter.

 ‘Growing old disgracefully’: Beverley Callard, 64, revealed to her 160,000 Instagram followers on Thursday that she had bought herself a Vespa

Beverley, who famously played Liz McDonald on Corrie, returned to social media after a five week absence to show her 160,000 followers her new scooter. 

She said: ‘I know I’ve been a bit boring and a bit quiet on here recently. Hope everyone is enjoying life now that some restrictions have lifted. 

‘We definitely are… @jonmmac55 [her husband Jon] and I have been on a few little adventures that I’m so excited to share with you soon but for now.. I wanted to show you this… growing old disgracefully [laughing face emoji]’

The actress beamed from ear to ear as she sat on the seat of her bike for pictures, even lifting her feet in the air at points. 

Vroom vroom: The Coronation Street legend showed no signs of slowing down as she posted a series of pictures of herself on her new scooter

Vroom vroom: The Coronation Street legend showed no signs of slowing down as she posted a series of pictures of herself on her new scooter

She cut a casual figure for the pictures, wearing a checked shirt and a pair of blue denim shorts with black lace-up boots.  

Beverley then took to her stories explaining she is ‘getting ready for the summer’ before singing Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles. 

The mother-of-two also revealed that the bike, which typically retails for around £5,000, came with a matching black handbag for a helmet. 

Happy: The actress beamed from ear to ear as she sat on the seat of her bike for pictures, even lifting her feet in the air at points

Happy: The actress beamed from ear to ear as she sat on the seat of her bike for pictures, even lifting her feet in the air at points

Beverley’s fun snaps came after she recently claimed she was ‘axed’ from Coronation Street’s 50th anniversary due to her past depression battle. 

The actress, who quit the show in 2019 after 30 years, has spoken bravely about her struggles with her mental health over the years.  

Talking about her time on the cobbles, Beverley claimed that she was axed after a male crew member told her that her clinical depression made her ‘flaky and unreliable’.

No more social media silence: After not posting for weeks, Beverley shared the pictures in which she cut a casual figure - wearing a checked shirt and a pair of blue denim shorts

No more social media silence: After not posting for weeks, Beverley shared the pictures in which she cut a casual figure – wearing a checked shirt and a pair of blue denim shorts

Speaking on Melanie Blake’s GIRL TALK series, the actress alleged: ‘I had returned to work and I was filming virtually every scene every day because the McDonalds were involved in a storyline.

‘Then a man said to me, “You are not going to be involved in the 50th storyline of Coronation Street’s birthday, because you’ve had clinical depression you may be flaky and unreliable.”‘ 

To which former celebrity agent Melanie asked: ‘You were written out?’ to which Beverley claimed: ‘Yes.’

Famous role: The actress played Liz McDonald, pictured, on Coronation Street before she quit in 2019 after 30 years

Famous role: The actress played Liz McDonald, pictured, on Coronation Street before she quit in 2019 after 30 years

She added: ‘Men are treated differently, completely differently. A man can, if they tell someone off on set and say: “I am not accepting this, I need to do this again”, whatever, it will be fine.

‘But if a woman does that then the whispers will go round and say: “You know what, I think so and so is a bit of a diva.”

‘That’s so not true, I’ve heard it said about female co-stars of mine but they never say it about the men.’

In 2010 Coronation Street marked its 50th Anniversary with a jaw-dropping week of storylines, which saw Weatherfield thrown into chaos as an explosion led to a tram derailing and crashing onto the cobbles.

The action-packed scenes led to the death of two long-term characters, Molly Dobbs and Ashley Peacock, and left several on deaths door, including Peter Barlow.

For the Anniversary Week bosses also broadcast a live episode, with Peter marrying fiancé Leanne from his hospital bed, and Fiz Stape giving birth to her premature baby, unaware her serial killer husband John had taken another victim hours earlier.

The scenes were also an homage to a 1967 storyline which saw a tram crash through the viaduct, leading to the famous line from Corrie veteran Rita Sullivan: ‘What is it with me and trams?’

Claims: Beverley claimed that she was once axed from a 50th storyline after a male crew member told her that her clinical depression made her 'flaky and unreliable' (pictured on Corrie in 2016)

Claims: Beverley claimed that she was once axed from a 50th storyline after a male crew member told her that her clinical depression made her ‘flaky and unreliable’ (pictured on Corrie in 2016) 

Beverley has previously been vocal about her battles with mental health and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital after suffering a nervous breakdown in 2009.

In 2019, the actress admitted that although her breakdown left her confidence in tatters, 10 years on she feels like she has regained her inner strength.

Beverley explained: ‘I was very confident when I first started out, but I lost that when I went through my breakdown. I’ve always said that depression is the curse of the strong, I tried to hide it for so long and it ended up in a breakdown.

‘During that time I would agree to go to an event then on the day I’d get myself into such a state that I couldn’t go. I was terrified about what people would think of me and I lost all confidence in myself.’

She added: ‘I was dubious about turning 60 but it has brought with it a feeling of contentedness. I’m the most confident I’ve been in years. For the first time in a long time, I don’t care what people think.’

Disastrous: Coronation Street marked its 50th Anniversary in 2010 with an epic disaster which was a tram crashing onto the cobbles

Disastrous: Coronation Street marked its 50th Anniversary in 2010 with an epic disaster which was a tram crashing onto the cobbles

Beverley revealed in 2019 that she had quit Coronation Street after 30 years on the hit ITV soap after first joining as Liz McDonald in 1989.

Earlier this year, the actress confirmed that she has ‘shut the door’ on the ITV soap ‘forever’.

Beverley admitted she has no plans to ever reprise the role again and has given Coronation Street bosses permission to kill off her character.

Speaking to the Sunday Express magazine, she said: ‘It was a massive decision for me to make, but I believe I did it for the right reasons. I felt Liz had run her course. I’d hate to cheat any fans… I felt like she’d lost her way.’

‘Sadly, you can’t decide your own storylines and since I’m not going to film an exit they could even kill me off-screen. If they do I’ll accept it with grace. I’ve thought long and hard about this and I know that this time I’ve shut the door forever.’

Beverley won’t get the chance to film an exit for Liz amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, and although she ‘toyed with the idea’ of going back to the cobbles one more time, she’s now ‘sure’ that her time on the show is over.

She said: ‘I was actually toying with the idea of going back to film an exit, but I felt that they wouldn’t be able to do Liz justice under the current Covid restrictions.’

Since leaving Corrie, the soap star enjoyed a stint on the 2020 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in Wales late last year. 

Quit: Beverley revealed in 2019 that she had quit Coronation Street after 30 years on the hit ITV soap after first joining as Liz McDonald in 1989 (pictured in 2017)

Quit: Beverley revealed in 2019 that she had quit Coronation Street after 30 years on the hit ITV soap after first joining as Liz McDonald in 1989 (pictured in 2017) 

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