Top critical review
An interesting life
on 21 October 2015
I watched Beverley Callard being profiled on ITV's 'Piers Morgan's Life Stories', and found her interview to be rather interesting. As someone who has suffered from depression and anxiety, I could only sympathise with her as she spoke of her battle with clinical depression.
'Unbroken' isn't just a dip into her career as a fitness instructor and actress, which has seen her have no.1 workout videos, appear in numerous sitcoms, and of course, star as tarty landlady Liz McDonald in 'Coronation Street', it's a real insight into her private life which, despite much personal unhappiness, has left her 'unbroken'.
It's been an eventful life for Beverley so far, including being a teenage mother, experiencing three failed marriages, becoming bankrupt, and having a breakdown which took place a year before she began work on this memoir. She comes across as a strong, determined woman with nothing to hide. Having said that, the early photographs in the book show her looking quite different. I assume that she has had a far bit plastic surgery, but there is no mention of such in the book.
Although there are a few anecdotes about the actors she has worked with the 'Street', including Julie Goodyear, Roy Barraclough, Lynne Perrie, and Charles Lawson who played Liz's husband Jim, this is not you're all-too familiar showbiz memoir, and will appeal to people who have never even seen a 'Coronation Street' episode.
Bev really does lift the lid on everything, and talks about her family at length. I wish her all the luck for the future, and now that she has found happiness with her partner Jon, I hope it stays well for her. There is so much more to this lady than just Liz from 'Corrie', as you'll soon find when you open up this easy-to-read book.