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|Born||Rebecca Jayne Atkinson
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England
She was born Rebecca Jayne Atkinson, but took her stepfather's surname when her mother married Steven Callard in 1989. In her early roles she used her father's surname and was credited as Rebecca Sowden.
Her television roles have included Arietty in The Borrowers and The Return of the Borrowers, Laura in Sunburn, chambermaid Kate Morris in The Grand, and Harriet Marsh in Plotlands. She was also a regular cast member in the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Smelling of Roses, and did the voice of Tamar in the claymation movie The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus.
Callard appeared on stage as Juliet at the age of eighteen In Romeo and Juliet, directed by Judi Dench. She played Celia in the UK and US tour of a production of Shakespeare's As You Like It, Rosalind being played by Rebecca Hall. After a four-year break, she returned in 2009 with a production of another Shakespeare play Macbeth at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, and in a guest star role in an episode of the television series Robin Hood. In 2011 she played the part of Ruth Walsh in the drama soap Coronation Street.
In 2012 she played Ruth Pulis in the BBC crime drama series 'Blackout'. In 2013 she played Sarah in The Accrington Pals at the Royal Exchange and filmed the feature film 'Orthodox' also starring Stephen Graham and Michael Smiley.
Callard gave birth to her first child Sonny in January 2006 and another son in 2007.