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Lee Mead to join BBC's Casualty in recurring role

Lee Mead

Story by Jack Foley

LEE Mead is to return to Casualty in a different role.

The West End star, who first shot to fame by winning the BBC singing competition Any Dream Will Do, first appeared on the long-running medical drama in 2011 when he played a teaching assistant who visited the hospital.

He will now play a character named Lofty, who is described as a “popular nurse with a less-than-ordinary background”.

Describing the role as “a completely different challenge”, Mead said he “didn’t imagine” he would “be in the frame to play him”. But added: “I am hoping he will charm audiences and they will get behind him.”

Oliver Kent, executive producer of Casualty, said while the character was being developed, they “couldn’t think of anyone else to better to play him”.

“With a very different background to most of the other nurses, his clumsy charm is sure to win everyone over,” he added.

Mead will first appear on screen in early 2014. He was most recently seen in London’s theatreland in a production of The West End Men.

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