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Soap star's suicide bids confession

Coronation Street star Beverley Callard, who is from Leeds , has admitted for the first time today that she tried to take her own life six times.

Beverley, who plays Liz McDonald in the Street has opened her heart to Piers Morgan in an interview that will be shown in full on ITV tonight.

And as Duncan Wood reports she has revealed that she is still taking medication but has hopefully left her most dark days behind.

Coronation Street's first muslim family to move in

Jimi Mistry pictured with Strictly Come Dancing dancer Flavia Cacace . The pair married in December. Credit: PA

Coronation Street is to get its first Muslim family in the soap's 53-year history, according to a report.

The Daily Star says relatives of current character Kal Nazir, played by former EastEnders actor Jimy Mistry, from Scarborough, will soon become permanent residents of the Street.

"We've established that Kal's two kids, his daughter and son, live with his mum and dad," executive producer Stuart Blackburn said.

"We've already cast his dad, Sharif, who is retired. He's not rich but he's made enough money he doesn't need to work."


Former soap director entertains pupils

Now he's a former director on two of the nations favourite soaps - Emmerdale and Coronation Street - but now Jason Beresford is entertaining schoolchildren with his dramatic storylines.

Jason, who is a teacher at Highfields Primary School in Leeds, wrote a book for children while he worked on the famous cobbles - and it is going down a storm with his pupils as Gaynor Barnes found out.

Chris Fountain statement: " I am deeply sorry"

Chris Fountain has released a statement after having his contract at ITV's Coronation Street terminated.

"[I am] deeply sorry. I completely understand that ITV had no choice but to terminate my contract today. I have had two wonderful years playing Tommy Duckworth with only happy memories of my time on Coronation Street. I am mortified that I have brought so much embarrassment to my colleagues and employers these last few days. My biggest regret however is not to do with losing my job, but that I have hurt and let down so many people including those in a vulnerable situation and I am so very deeply ashamed of this."

– Chris Fountain


ITV bosses: Soap star's rap "totally unacceptable."

ITV has described a rap video, recorded by the Coronation Street star Chris Fountain, as "totally unacceptable."

The Bradford-born actor has been suspended from the soap after his video, featuring violent lyrics and references to rape, was uploaded on YouTube.

"ITV find both the language used and the views expressed in this video totally unacceptable. Chris Fountain has been suspended pending further inquiries into this matter."

Video: Chris Fountain's rap

Coronation Street actor, Chris Fountain, says he is deeply ashamed of his rap video which he recorded a year ago and features violent language and references to rape.

The Bradford-born actor has been suspended from the soap after the video emerged online.

Here is an excerpt from the video which has been censored. ITV Calendar has chosen not to publish the entire recording, as some of the language is deemed too offensive. You may find some of the following content disturbing.

Chris Fountain: "I am deeply ashamed"

Bradford-born actor, Chris Fountain says he is deeply ashamed after being suspended from Coronation Street for an offensive rap video he recorded. The rap includes lyrics referring to violence and rape.

"I would like to sincerely apologise for any offence I have caused. I am deeply ashamed by the lyrics and very much regret my behaviour. The videos were made over a year ago when I was experimenting with music and I've not done anything like it since nor will I."

– Chris Fountain
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