Reality TV and musical star Lee Mead is joining the cast of BBC One’s hit medical drama Casualty.
The actor previously appeared int he series in 2011 and will play Lofty, a likeable and popular nurse with a less-than-ordinary background. He begins filming later this year and will debut in early 2014.
Commenting on his role, Lee Mead said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Casualty. I really enjoyed my guest appearance in 2011, but this will be a completely different challenge.
“When I first read about the character Lofty I didn’t imagine I would be in the frame to play him. I am hoping he will charm audiences and they will get behind him. I can’t wait to get started and to learn all of the medical jargon!”
Oliver Kent, Casualty Executive Producer, added: “As the character Lofty was being developed, we couldn’t think of anyone else to better to play him. We can’t wait to start filming and are thrilled to have Lee join the team. With a very different background to most of the other nurses, his clumsy charm is sure to win everyone over.”
Producers have announced that former Footballers’ Wives actor Jamie Davis is also joining the series.
Davis, who played Harley Lawson in ITV’s football drama and spin-off, Footballers’ Wives: Extra Time, will play Max, a cool, laid-back porter.