CORONATION Street's Beverley Callard has claimed she has been visited on set by her old Corrie friend.
The actress has revealed the soap often houses the spirit of her former dear friend, Anne Kirkbride.
The 63-year-old star has said that iconic actress Anne – otherwise known as Deirdre Barlow – is never far away.
The soap star, who plays Liz McDonald on the ITV soap, told The Daily Star: "I had been doing quite a lot of filming at the Barlow’s set and it’s a weird feeling.
"She was there in spirit, most definitely, her photos are on the shelves and you can’t go on the set without saying, ‘Oh, I hope you’re here with me’.
"I know she visits us."
She added: "I have a big photo of her in my dressing room, and both our names are on the dressing room.
"I’m just hoping that even when I have gone, they both stay there."
Anne Kirkbride died in 2015 aged 60 following a secret breast cancer battle. A source told The Sun that Anne’s illness started off as breast cancer but then spread to her brain.
William Roache, who played Anne’s on screen husband Ken Barlow, said previously: “I feel Anne’s loss so personally having worked closely with her for over 40 years.
“She was such a loving and vibrant person. You always knew she was there because her laugh was never far away.
“She was an impeccable performer with superb comedy timing and an immense gift for really heightened drama.
"We had some rows over the years as Ken and Deirdre and it was wonderful to play those scenes opposite her.
“Coronation Street has lost one of its iconic characters and Anne will be greatly missed.”
Beverley Callard will film her final scenes in July – but character Liz McDonald won't be killed off.
The actress will be leaving her iconic role after 30 years on the ITV soap this summer.
While the actress doesn't know what will happen to Liz to make her leave the cobbles, Beverley has assured fans she won't be killed off.
Speaking to The Mirror, she said: "I'm due to film my final Corrie scenes in July and I have no idea what will happen.
"The only thing I've been guaranteed is that Liz is not going to die. It would be really good if she found love and happiness, but I can't see that happening.
"I'll miss the failed romances and the feuds, but not the fashion. On my last day I'll set fire to Liz's wardrobe."
Beverley first graced the cobbles in 1984 as Gail and Brian Tisley's friend June Dewhurst – and it was only in 1989 that the actress returned to claim the iconic role of Liz McDonald.
Meanwhile, filming on Coronation Street has been put on hold due to coronavirus – which means Liz McDonald's exit storyline will likely be delayed too.
Soap stars have been told not to come in for work from today as drastic measures are taken to stop the spread of the deadly bug.
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