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Alex Walkinshaw is leaving Casualty and joining Holby City

Alex Walkinshaw is leaving the BBC's long-running medical drama Casualty, but he's not going far.

His character, cheeky nurse Adrian ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, is swapping the emergency department for the wards of Holby City. In the coming months an escalating gambling problem will see Fletch in dire financial straights. This leads to a series of bad decisions from the married father of four, which ultimately force him to leave the emergency department.

Former star of ITV's The Bill Alex, who joined Casualty in 2012, says: “Everyone I’ve worked with in Casualty has been superb and I’ve had a great time in Wales."

Fletch’s biggest storyline since joining the drama has been his steamy affair with boss Tess Bateman. But it remains to be seen whether this plays a part in his departure, although Alex told What’s on TV earlier this year that his wife Natalie would be devastated if she ever found out about the now ended affair.

Casualty and Holby City’s executive producer Oliver Kent reveals: “At Holby City we’ve been thinking of a new male nurse to play alongside Jonny and lock horns with Colette. So when Alex suggested he might get in the lift and come upstairs to Holby City, we accepted like a shot!”

This is the second big crossover between Casualty and Holby City. Last week Amanda Mealing resurrected her role of Holby City’s Connie Beauchamp in the new setting of Casualty. Alex, who has also starred Waterloo Road, is due to leave Casualty and start his new job at Holby City later this year.