Beverley Callard's mother agony

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 June 2010
Beverley Callard

Beverley Callard

'Coronation Street' actress Beverley Callard admits her mother's death will be a huge relief because she suffers from Alzheimer's so has no quality of life

Beverley Callard admits her mother's death will be a huge relief.

The 'Coronation Street' actress has had to watch her beloved mum Mavis suffer from Alzheimer's for the past five years and says it's so heartbreaking to see, she wants her to be put out of her misery.

She said: "It sounds a really horrible thing to say but there are some days when we were basically waiting for mum to die. It sounds cruel, but if you knew her before she was ill and saw her now you'd realise it is actually a kind thing to say. When I see her in emotional pain.

"Of course I will miss her dreadfully. My mum is the most adored, amazing woman. But I lost her five years ago. I'm doing my grieving now."

The 53-year-old star - who plays Rovers Return landlady Liz McDonald in the ITV1 soap - says if she ever develops dementia she wants to arrange a mercy killing.

She added in an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I couldn't bear to inflict the same suffering on my family. So I've told them that if it happens to me I want to go to the assisted-suicide flat in Zurich. I'd like them to pull the plug. End my life, quickly and mercifully.

"I haven't gone so far as to draw up proper plans to ensure that happens. But I hope they'll respect my wishes."

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