'It's heartbreaking': Corrie's Beverley Callard 'hasn't met her 11-month-old grandchild'... despite living just down the road from the actress
Coronation Street star Beverley Callard has never met her 11-month-old secret granddaughter, the baby's mother revealed.
Devastated Laura Cross, 34, claims the soap star, 59, doesn't even know that her grandchild Harrie exists - despite living just down the road from her in Manchester.
The mum, who shares Harrie with the actress' stepson Jon McEwan, 27, said she had made numerous failed attempts to contact the family and added that it 'broke her heart' that Beverley had never met the tot.
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Secret family: Coronation Street star Beverley Callard, 59, has never met her one-year-old secret granddaughter, the baby's mother Laura Cross revealed
Beverley - who plays barmaid Liz McDonald on the ITV soap - has publically stated that she misses her 'two' grandchildren and described them as the most 'handsome (boys) in the world'.
But mum-of-two Laura Cross says her comments 'hurt' - because Beverley and her family have never met her 11-month-old daughter.
During the ITV Loose Women show, Bev told panellists Coleen Nolan, Kaye Adams and Linda Robson she missed her two grandchildren, who live 200 miles away in London with her daughter, actress Rebecca Callard.
Upset: Devastated Laura Cross, 34, claims the soap star, 59, doesn't even know that her grandchild Harrie exists - despite living just down the road from her in Manchester
Harrie's mum Laura fought back tears as she watched the show, knowing that Bev's secret granddaughter lives just down the road from the Coronation Street Star in Manchester.
She hopes that one day Beverley - who is married to Harrie's grandfather also called Jon McEwan, will dote on Harrie as her own granddaughter and is reaching out to the actress' family.
Laura said: 'My friend called me and told me to turn over to ITV and my stomach flipped. It was obvious how much she doted on them and loved being a Nan.
Heritage: Laura has a child with Beverley's stepson Jon McEwan, 27 - the son of her husband who is also named Jon (pictured together in September)
Sad: Beverley - who plays barmaid Liz McDonald on the ITV soap - has publically stated that she misses her 'two' grandchildren and described them as the most 'handsome (boys) in the world'
'When she revealed that she and Jon were the naughty grandparents who treat their grandkids I had to bite back tears.
'Harrie might not be her biological grandchild but she's her husband's blood relative. I can't see why they've not reached out.
'She spoke about how much she missed her grandchildren when she has a granddaughter just down the road in Manchester who's crying out for time with her.'
Remarkably, Beverley's character on the ITV soap - barmaid Liz - is also having a secret grandchild.
Never met: Mum-of-two Laura says her comments 'hurt' - because Beverley and her family have never met her 11-month-old daughter
Liz's son Steve is expecting a baby with Leanne Battersby - while his unsusupecting wife Michelle is also pregnant.
Laura, a careers adviser, has already reached out to Harrie's father- one of Beverley's three stepchildren with husband Jon McEwan, 51 - to be a part of daughter Harrie's life after she fell pregnant during a one-night fling last year.
Jon McEwan, who runs a recording studio with his father, made it clear that his family didn't want any further contact with Harrie.
Jon explained that he felt trapped by the situation, because the child had come from a one night stand. He started paying child support once the DNA test proved he was the father, four months after Harrie's birth.
Harrie's first birthday looms and Laura fears her daughter will never receive a birthday card from McEwan or Beverley.
Speaking from her home in Manchester, Laura - who also has a 15-year-old daughter, Abbie, said: 'All I want is for my daughter to have a relationship with Jon, his dad and Beverley.
'She's an innocent child and just as much Bev and Jon's grandchild as the rest.
'For me she was a miracle baby and couldn't have been more wanted. It breaks my heart that the rest of the family don't feel the same way.'
When Laura and McEwan started chatting through Tinder in January 2015, she believed she was infertile following major surgery on her fallopian tubes the previous year.
Heartbreaking: Harrie's first birthday looms and Laura fears her daughter will never receive a birthday card from McEwan or Beverley (pictured, Beverley with Kym Marsh on Corrie in 2006)
During their first date the following month, she says McEwan never mentioned his famous stepmum - who married his dad in 2010.
It was only when he took her back to their home in Salford - where he lives with Jon and Beverley - that she discovered the link.
Laura said: 'There were photos of Beverley and the rest of the family around the place. I'm not a huge Corrie fan but I recognised her as Liz McDonald straight away.'
The pair had unprotected sex but Laura admits things 'fizzled out' as they had little in common. The following month, Laura discovered she was pregnant.
'Having been told I was unlikely to conceive, I was over the moon. It felt like a miracle I'd fallen pregnant.
'I knew the baby was Jon's and hoped he and I could have a mature and civil relationship moving forward.
'But when I sent him a text asking him to call me, explaining it was important, he refused so I had to break the news via text and send a scan picture. I didn't want a relationship with him, I just wanted my baby to have a dad.'
Throughout the pregnancy, Laura claims she repeatedly tried to contact McEwan and she even tried to make contact with his father, Jon, but to no avail.
Ironic: Beverley's character on the ITV soap - barmaid Liz - is also having a secret grandchild. Liz's son Steve is expecting a baby with Leanne Battersby - while his unsusupecting wife Michelle is also pregnant
Harrie was born in November 2015 and she texted the news to the father, but had no response: 'I text Jon to tell him he had a daughter but got no response. The prospect of bringing Harrie up without the support of her father and his family was daunting.
'But I hoped that when they started to think of her as a real baby with a name they would love her as much as I did.'
It was the actress's comments on Loose Women on Friday that prompted Laura to speak up.
Laura said: 'I've been desperate to forge a relationship for the sake of my daughter.
'What am I supposed to tell Harrie when she asks about her daddy, granny and granddad? Every time I see Beverley on Corrie it hurt.'
Laura admits she's not certain if Beverley's husband and stepson have kept her in the dark about her granddaughter's existence given her well-publicised battle with clinical depression.
She said: 'I have struggled with depression myself and have every sympathy for what she's been through. But my priority is my daughter and making sure she has a stable family unit.'
After the show, Laura tweeted the actress, writing: 'break my heart that my baby has no contact with her dad's family at the best of times @loosewomen today was a tough watch @Beverleycallard'
She added: 'Harrie's an innocent baby and if Beverley is the grandmother she claimed to be on Loose Women she and her husband will reach out.'
Beverely was unavailable for comment on Sunday.
Frustrating: Throughout the pregnancy, Laura claims she repeatedly tried to contact McEwan and she even tried to make contact with his father, Jon, but to no avail
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