Three familiar faces join the cast of Casualty

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Look out for some new members of staff in Holby’s Emergency Department this spring because three new cast members are joining Casualty, which celebrates it’s 30th anniversary this year.

“We have three wonderful new cast members joining the Casualty medical team over the coming months,” said the BBC1 drama's executive producer, Oliver Kent. “They will be taking on very different roles and will be embarking on their own brilliantly vibrant, bold and gripping stories every Saturday night.”

Lloyd Everitt, who has previously had roles in Emmerdale and New Tricks, joins the show as paramedic Jez Andrews on Saturday 12 March. With his cheeky banter and lax attitude, he fails to makes a good first impression on his new work colleague Iain. Well, he does have some big shoes to fill following the departure of Dixie.

“I feel honoured to be joining such a successful show,” said Lloyd. “It’s actually the first programme I remember watching as a child. I look forward to bring a different essence to a programme that’s synonymous with British culture and television.”

And it sounds like Lloyd has enjoyed filming his scenes…

“The most exciting thing so far has been rescuing a girl from a cliff. It actually felt like a real-life situation.”

On Saturday 30 April, viewers will meet Nurse David Hide, who’s described as a “shy, withdrawn and socially awkward man who goes about his work efficiently and quietly.”

Viewers will recognise the actor who plays him because it’s former Heartbeat star Jason Durr. He joined the ITV police drama as PC Mike Bradley, taking over from the show’s original copper PC Nick Rowan, played by former EastEnders actor Nick Berry.

“I’m delighted and thrilled to be joining this iconic BBC flagship show in its 30th year,” said Jason. “I have to confess that I have a huge phobia of blood and needles so I’m hoping my time in Holby will help me overcome my lifelong fear!”

Then, in May, Jaye Griffiths will appear in Casualty as Consultant Elle Gardner, a single mum to three chaotic teenagers. Viewers will recognise the actress from her roles in Sherlock, The Bill, Between the Lines, Silent Witness and more recently two episodes in the 2015 series of Doctor Who. She’s also appeared in EastEnders and Coronation Street, playing a QC in both soaps! She also starred in the ITV medical drama Always and Everyone.

“I was filming in Cardiff for Doctor Who last year, so it’s great to back in Wales, starting with the Casualty team,” said Jaye, referring to where Bristol-set drama is filmed.

“Everyone’s been extremely welcoming and the storylines are really powerful.”