Coronation Street desperate to get Beverly Callard to return as Liz McDonald for huge new storyline

CORONATION Street bosses have not given up on Street legend Beverley Callard returning to the cobbles for a huge new storyline.

The star will quit her role as iconic Liz McDonald next year after announcing the shock news this week.

The bombshell brings the curtain down on 30 years in the soap for Bev.

But producers will give her a year off to recharge her batteries before attempting to seduce her back with a big-money deal.

An ITV source revealed last night: “This is not the end for Bev and Liz. The execs will leave her to relax and spend time with her family and friends and travel and they’ll quietly offer her the chance to return in triumph.”

And one storyline which could tempt Bev back into Weatherfield would be the chance for Liz to get her claws into Ken Barlow.

Our source added: “The Corrie maneater seducing soap’s most infamous lady-killer would be absolutely epic and one Bev would struggle to turn down.”

However, Corrie insiders tell The Sun Online that Beverly will still be on set until next year, and no plans for if or when she will return had been discussed yet.

Producers have already told Bev that her character won’t be killed off when she leaves in the summer.

Bev, 62, has said her biggest regret was that her character never bedded Casanova Ken.

She joked: "I always thought Liz should have gone there, but she couldn't because Deirdre was married to him.

"But he was one of the few she didn't."

The Leeds-born star joined the show in 1989 and has had a couple of breaks, including time off in 2016 while she sought treatment for clinical depression.

She added she would love former cast members Charles Lawson and Nicholas Cochrane, who played her husband Jim and son Andy, to return and join her and son Steve (Simon Gregson) for one final story together.

The actress broke the news of her exit to her closest co-stars Simon and Kate Ford, who plays Tracey, on Sunday.

She revealed: "They were really sad."

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