Coronation Street star admits debt problems lead to her depression

Beverley Callard, who's best known as playing Liz McDonald in Coronation Street, has opened up about her struggle with depression, which started as a result of huge debt problems.

According to, Ms Callard sunk herself into £150,000 worth of debt, which then led to closure of two pubs she owned. After that, she started feeling very low and was taken to some very dark places emotionally.

She explained on Piers Morgan's Life Stories that before she was diagnosed, she has known for quite some time that she wasn't feeling herself, but she didn't know what to do about it. Eventually, she taken for treatment after a particularly bad day and was admitted to The Priory.

The actress was then put on a number of different types of medication, but none of them seemed to work, so the doctors tried electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) instead. However, a side-effect of this form of treatment is short-term memory loss.

"I actually, now, don't know how I learnt my lines," she commented. "It was really a double life at that point. People stand on the gate waiting to meet people who are in Coronation Street and I couldn't sign my autograph because I couldn't remember how to spell my name," reports

She added that she wants to continue to stay on medication for another couple of years, to prevent her from "going into that black hole".