Im A Celeb: Bev Callards very famous Corrie star daughter who was Mel Bs best friend – Mirror Online

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here star Beverley Callard has been a household name for decades thanks, in part, to her role as barmaid Liz McDonald on Coronation Street.

But it turns out her daughter Rebecca Callard is also a huge star too, having starred alongside the likes of Daniel Day Lewis, Julie Christie, Ralph Fiennes, Ian Holm and William Hurt.

Her mum and dad, Paul Atkinson, married when they were just 17 but separated when Rebecca was five.

She initially went by the name of Rebecca Sowden after taking the surname of her mum’s second husband David, but changed to Callard when Bev married Steven Callard in 1989.

Bev Callard pictured with her daughter Rebecca
Bev Callard pictured with her daughter Rebecca
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And from being a young child, Rebecca, now 45, was determined to make it at as actress.

“I started very, very, young,” once told the Sunday Mirror. “I was at dance classes at three and I used to have these three make-believe characters which I would constantly pretend to be.

“Seeg was a Shakespearian actor, Lardiad was an older-been- around-a-long-time actress and Liatardy Fox was a bit of a psychopath – a young sassy thing that went around with a feather boa – you know the type.

“I was the sort of child that was quite comfortable in my own company with my make- believe characters. I always had a big imagination.”

Rebecca moved to London to pursue acting when she was just 16
Rebecca moved to London to pursue acting when she was just 16
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It was at those dance classes that she was spotted by a film director and given the part in the TV series My Brother Jonathan, with Daniel Day Lewis.

After My Brother Jonathan she went on to play Arrietty in the award- winning children’s show The Borrowers and moved to London to pursue her acting career when she was just 16.

At one point she was romantically linked to former EastEnders star Paul Nicholls, but insisted they were “just mates”

In 2011 Rebecca followed in her famous mum’s footsteps and joined Corrie as bad girl jail bird Ruth Walsh who tormented Fiz Brown when they were locked up together.

Rebecca, right, in The Borrowers
Rebecca, right, in The Borrowers
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Of playing a violent drug dealer, she once said: “The great thing for me was that I usually never play baddies.

“So getting to do that was amazing. I remember when I was going for it asking my agent if they were sure because I don’t get to play really scary characters like that.

“It was nice to do something totally different. I usually play vulnerable characters with lots of grieving and crying. 

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“I don’t know why – I must have that kind of face!”

She has also starred as a car salesroom worker in BBC One’s Ordinary Lies alongside good friend Michelle Keegan, in 2017 legal thriller Fearless and was nominated for an NTA for her role as maid Kate Morris in The Grand.

Rebecca has two kids, Sonny, 14, and George, 12, with actor ex Gideon Turner.

And growing up in Leeds, she went to school with future Spice Girl Melanie Brown and former Corrie star Angela Griffin.

Rebecca was 'best mates' with Spice Girl Mel B
Rebecca was ‘best mates’ with Spice Girl Mel B
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And despite Mel’s global fame, the pair remained good friends with Rebecca once calling the star known as Scary her ‘best mate’.

“I’m proud of what Melanie does and I know she’s proud for me,” she previously told the Daily Record of Mel, who she met as a toddler at her dance class.

Revealing how she defended Scary against a verbal attack from writer and director Jonathan Miller, she continued: “He was going on about how terrible the Spice Girls were. So I said, ‘Watch out, you’re talking about my best mate!'”

In the chat, given when Rebecca was just 21, she revealed that Mel was still her biggest party pal.

“We are at that wild girl age,” she said.

“There have been a couple of occasions recently when we’ve gone to a really posh place in London and played up on our Northern accent.

“We’re proud of the way we speak and we’ll never change it.”

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*I’m A Celebrity continues tonight at 9pm on ITV

 

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