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By Dan Cain For Mailonline
Coronation Street stalwart Bev Callard has reportedly been signed off from the soap for two months due to continued struggles with her mental health.
The actress, 59, who plays Liz McDonald, was deeply affected by the death of close friend Anne Kilbride, 60, last year and is said to still be ‘traumatised’ by the loss.
Ten days ago, Corrie bosses allegedly told Callard to take time away from the show after the star was taken ill.
The episode comes after medication she was taking for her much-publicised battle with depression was suddenly discontinued.
‘She is taking some time off whilst her doctors look for a suitable alternative.’
The Sun reported that the star had been taking different medication for the issue for the last two years.
And an insider told the publication: ‘It affected her mental health and affected her at work. It was a surprise to people that she was suddenly quite ill again.
Putting on a brave face: Bev pictured at a memorial service for Anne Kilbride held at Manchester Cathedral
‘Everyone loves Bev and hopes she’ll bounce back from this.’
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Bev and is awaiting comment. Meanwhile, a representative for Coronation Street said the show doesn’t comment on private health matters.
Callard has spoken openly about her mental health issues in the past including during a revealing interview on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories in 2014.
She recently wrote on Twitter: ‘Been battling the demons of depression! One of the meds I’m on, has been stopped by pharmaceutical company, apparently it doesn’t make money
‘I’m getting there!!!! Thanks so much for all your good wishes xxxx (sic)’
In response to a fan recalling the ‘good old days’ when medicine was about ‘making people better … not money’, she replied: ‘Too true’.
As a result of the issue, the actress was reportedly sent home from work earlier this month and her medical team are said to be searching for an alternative to the medication.
Callard is also said to still be devastated at the loss of her best friend Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow in the soap and died from cancer aged 60.
A source revealed: ‘She’s still traumatised at losing her bezzie. It’s just over a year since Annie died and she misses her like crazy.’
She wasn’t able to film scenes at the funeral of Liz’s lover Tony Stewart – played by Terence Maynard – yesterday, and the actress was also unable to attend the real-life funeral of ‘Corrie’ creator Tony Warren earlier this month.
She tweeted: ‘Sadly I can’t be there today, but without the Wonderful Tony Warren none of us would be here today. Such a fantastic person, much missed xx (sic)’
Last year, the star admitted she struggled to watch her on-screen son Steve McDonald – played by Simon Gregson – battle depression, as she suffered a mental breakdown sparked by the illness herself in 2008.