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Amanda Mealing reveals the secret to Connie’s short hair in Casualty

Amanda Mealing reveals the secret to Connie’s short hair in Casualty
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Amanda Mealing reveals whether Connie’s crop cut is a wig or the real thing

There is so much to love about Connie Beauchamp’s (played by Amanda Mealing) return to Holby ED. The one-liners and put-downs, the way her sheer presence makes the temperature drop in a room and how, when she casts a scathing eye across the ED, Rash looks like a rabbit who’s been caught in the flashlight of a poacher’s torch!

High on Connie’s to-do list on her return in tomorrow's episode (opens in new tab) is opening a new trauma theatre, putting Rash through his paces, and she’s also intent in making Ethan pay for… well, we’re not exactly sure what – not reciprocating her feelings? Seeing her when she was vulnerable? Either way, it all makes for great Casualty drama.

There is one topic that’s firmly off the agenda, however. ED clinical lead Connie does not want to talk about her near-fatal cancer trauma with her colleagues. And that includes her short new haircut, no doubt a result of the intensive cancer treatment the character received recently. With many Casualty fans speculating online whether Amanda Mealing actually cut her hair in real life for Connie’s return, we asked the star (opens in new tab) about Connie’s hair-raising return.

Here Amanda Mealing tells What’s on TV the secret to Connie’s crop cut…

Connie Beauchamp's short do has left some Casualty fans scratching their heads

Connie Beauchamp's short do has left some Casualty fans scratching their heads (Image credit: BBC)

“I did think about cutting my hair but it’s halfway down my back and I thought, I just can’t. So I’m wearing a wig. It’s very clever the way they do it. My hair is braided to my head and then, because it’s so long, they swirl the rest of the plait and pin it tightly to my head. Then they put the wig on,” reveals Amanda Mealing, who plays the much-loved Casualty character.

“All those times I thought I should cut my hair, well I can now have short hair during the day and long hair in the evening, it’s great!”

Amanda Mealing is the ambassador of UK charity Breast Cancer Care (opens in new tab) and has previously spoken about her personal experiences (opens in new tab) in order to highlight the complexity of recovering from cancer.

She returns to Casualty as Connie Beauchamp on Saturday on BBC1.

Elaine Reilly
Writer for TV Times, What’s On TV, TV & Satellite Week and What To Watch

With twenty years of experience as an entertainment journalist, Elaine writes for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and (opens in new tab)www.whattowatch.com (opens in new tab) covering a variety of programs from gardening and wildlife to documentaries and drama.

 

As well as active involvement in the WTW family’s social media accounts, she has been known to get chatty on the red carpet and wander into the odd podcast. 


After a day of previewing TV, writing about TV and interviewing TV stars, Elaine likes nothing than to relax… by watching TV.