Corrie’s Antony Cotton in awe of Beverley Callard’s ‘resilience’ on I’m A Celebrity

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Antony Cotton has praised Beverley Callard's “resilience” on I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! and says her friends are in awe at how well she is doing.

The former Coronation Street star, who played Liz McDonald for three decades, was seen triumphing in an eating trial earlier this week.

And yesterday Antony, who worked with her on the Street for decades, said: “The eating trial was a brilliant example of how resilient she is. She’s done all kinds of different jobs.

"She’s got stuck in and triumphed. It was an extraordinary trial, to get 10 stars and eat that horrendous muck. She’s been brilliant. We’re very, very proud of her.”

Antony has praised Beverley's 'resilience' on the show
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Antony also predicted Beverley would make the final, possibly along with other Northerners Jordan North and Vernon Kay who she did the trial with.

Speaking on the ITV Daily Drop show, he added: “Beverley’s a queen in her own right, I think they’ve all got a shot at winning, but I think the northern contingency has a really good shot this year.

"I wouldn’t be surprised if that eating trial last night isn’t representative of the final night in camp.”

Bev is currently taking part in ITV's I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
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In the past Beverley has overcome depression and dark times brilliantly to bounce back with her career.

Before going into camp she told the Mirror “the NHS has saved my life”.

In her autobiography she wrote how at one stage she had electric shock treatment in 2009 to try and cure her depression that left her so confused she couldn't even write her own name.

She said: “The doctors were suggesting ECT – Electroconvulsive Therapy – or electric shock treatment as it is more commonly known."

Beverley was given dishes including fermented tofu
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She went on: “Dr Haslam said it was only used in extreme circumstances and he was worried about the side effects of the treatment as it can affect memory and obviously I have to remember my lines for work.

"But we were all desperate to find something that could make me feel better as the drugs didn’t seem to be working. I would have tried anything.

“After about four sessions, very, very gradually the doctors could see me lifting out of the almost catatonic state I’d been in. And slowly I began to feel better too. The numbness was lifting."

Antony and Bev worked together on Coronation Street
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She added: "I think a mixture of ECT and the prescription drugs I was on finally triggered the last bit of life that was still in me and I was able to use it to start pulling myself back up.”

Years later, Beverley's mental health is now in a much better place and she has also recovered from a hip operation this year and was excited to get into camp.

She said: “The biggest thing about clinical depression on mental health problems is that you can get better. With the right help, you can get better."

Beverley Callard played Liz McDonald on Coronation Street from 1989
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She added: “I was put into a private hospital. When I came out, it was the NHS that helped me to get better.

“I have been asked to do this show before. This year, it's been so awful for everybody. And I should have been on stage now and then going into panto you know, and so what the hell.

"Why not an experience of a lifetime?”

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