Former Coronation Street star Beverley Callard has revealed that she was left bankrupt as a result of quitting the soap in order to care for her mother, who was dying of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The 55-year-old, who played Liz McDonald on the show, told the Sunday Mirror that she quit the show last spring amid fears she was slipping back into depression, having suffered a nervous breakdown in 2009.

“Since the bankruptcy became public people think I’m a showbiz diva who frittered her cash away on expensive dinners and fancy clothes,” Beverley said. “That couldn’t be further from the truth.

“It was horrific. I’ve worked non-stop since I was 16 and somehow it all seemed it had been for nothing. Corrie schedules are full-on. It’s all or nothing and I had to face a choice between The Street or Mum. I love everything about Corrie but there could only be one answer.”

The actress was declared bankrupt in May after debts from her medical bills accumulated and the pub that she co-owned with husband Jon McEwan went out of business.

“I would come home from working 15 hours at Corrie then serve behind the bar,” she recalled. But the credit crunch was taking hold, the smoking ban had come in, supermarkets were flogging cheap booze and like thousands of pubs all over the country, ours was losing money.”

The mother of two added that she remembered little of the breakdown she suffered in 2009

“I was like a character out of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest,” Beverley admitted. “Jon thought he had lost his bubbly, outgoing wife and the kids had lost their mum.”