List of past Casualty characters

List of past Casualty characters

Casualty is the world's longest-running television emergency medical drama,[1] first broadcast in 1986 and transmitted in the UK on BBC One. The show's characters are all staff within the fictional Holby City Hospital, composed of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and hospital management. The following characters are past characters from the show.


Madiha Dhurani

Madiha Dhurani, otherwise known as Mads, played by Hasina Haque, joined the cast of Casualty as a new nurse from Pakistan who holds onto her old heritage and tradition. She works in Resus and in CDU, has a very good friendship with Dr Yuki Reid. She made a New Year's resolution to make friends with all the staff; this soon ended in an uproar between Dr Winters and Staff Nurse Dhurani. She was persuaded by Zoe to join the gang at the pub even though she is Muslim. ‘Mads’ has recently had feelings for Lenny and asked him on a date although she did not turn up. Lenny was disappointed but still continued flirting with her in the ED. As they are just about to kiss they get interrupted and later Mads leaves for her brother's wedding in Pakistan and Lenny is too late to wave her off. In the episode on May 21st 2011, it is possible that she is kidnapped by a taxi driver. This comes after Lenny rejects 'Mads' outside a bar. When she had been kidnapped it was revealed a taxi driver raped or attempted to rape her. One day the taxi driver that had raped her came to the hospital with wounds around his face. The wounds were from 'Mads' self defense as she was escaping him. After that day she said she was going to be very loyal to her religion and wear the hijab (scarf) around her hair. When she went to the hospital and wore her hijab for the first time, she met a women that had brought in a patient. They soon became friends. In one of episodes, her new friend had brought her daughter in as she was feeling sick. She treated her and she saw her friend's husband, who was the taxi driver that tried to rape her. In the later episode the taxi driver, Ash, came into the ED in Holby because of the wounds on his face which had been made by Mads as a self-defense when ash tried to rape her. Lenny thinks that Ash should tell the police because he thinks that he was attacked and so Ash does. But when the police officer asks him what the attacker looked like, he said that it was a man. Mads then later tells Lenny about the attacker and how she got into that taxi outside the pub when Ash attacked her. Shocked, Lenny tries to console Mads when 2-3 days later an explosion at Holby airport brings Mads and Ash face to face again. Ash was arrested for trying to flee the country on his brother's passport and for assaulting Mads. Mads said that she was free and then takes her hijab (head scarf) off and says that just because she doesn't wear it doesn't mean she is not a Muslim and Lenny agrees. He then confesses his love for Mads, but she does not say anything in return.

In Series 26, she has not yet appeared and her image has been removed from the opening titles, indicating that the character has left the show, even though this seems to be very sudden and there is no publicity to suggest this.

Adam Trueman

Title: Consultant

Adam Trueman (portrayed by actor Tristan Gemmill from 2007 until 2011) is a consultant in the Emergency Department. Gemmill spent 8 hours shadowing a real Consultant on an ED shift as research for the role. Describing his character, he assessed: "Adam is self-confident, witty and brash, an excellent doctor who cares deeply about his job. He presents a strong exterior to the world but perhaps has issues and vulnerabilities that suggest there is more to him than you might first expect."[2] Upon his arrival, Adam clashes with Clinical Lead Harry Harper, however they come to appreciate one another more with time. On Harry's last day, he offers Adam his job but Adam refuses and Zoe Hanna is given it instead. At a party, Adam meets Jessica Harrison and they have a one night stand. He was shocked to find that she is the department's new nurse when he arrives at work the next morning. He and Jessica begin an affair, but she breaks up with him when her son Lucas is injured in a road accident while they are together.

At the beginning of series 23, following Jessica's discovery that her husband was also having an affair, Gemmill explained: "Adam is hopeful they will get together again but Jessica has a more realistic approach because obviously she doesn't want to abandon her children. She's having troubles with Sean, and she sort of more or less decides that actually 'no this is not going anywhere' and she has got to get over it, forgive Sean and move on with her life, which leaves Adam quite smacked in the face really. He has a bit of an unstable time of it."[3] Gemmill added that: "Adam's state of mind is not helped by the arrival of Nick Jordan who comes into the department as Clinical Lead and has very definite ideas of how to run the place. Adam clashes with him almost straight away and they stay at loggerheads for some time."[3] Furthermore, Adam's brother, Alex, who was paralysed in an accident when they were children, begins to deteriorate from a resultant illness. Adam is devastated when his brother dies, and channels his anger towards Nick, who helped Alex sign an advance directive requesting not to be resuscitated. When Adam discovers Jessica's new son Harry could be his, the two renew their relationship. He is angry when she uses Harry as bait to get her other children, Lucas and Amelia, back from their father who has taken them to Saudi Arabia. They later reconcile, and Adam proposes. Although Jessica turns him down, they stay together, and a DNA test confirms Adam is Harry's father. Jessica then later accepts Adam's proposal, and a wedding is being arranged for the New Year. Adam, Jessica and the three children are now all living together, with Adam taking an active role as father. Their New Year's Eve wedding is aborted when they are called back to the ED to deal with a major accident, and have to settle for a blessing in the hospital chapel. However, returning to the wedding venue to sign the legal papers, their car skids onto an icy lake and plunges in, ultimately leaving Jessica in a coma and Harry dead. Jessica gradually recovers but she and Adam drift further apart, leading to her departure to America with an old school friend, which leaves Adam devastated. He becomes increasingly reckless, having a one night stand with young vulnerable nurse Alice and inviting himself into a patient's house after work one night. Adam then begins a false relationship with the patient's mother, hoping to relive the paternal feelings he had for his own son, Harry, and Jessica's two other children. After this relationship disintegrates, Adam spirals further into depression. On 6th August 2011 Adam departed the show with a depressing exit.

Kirsty Clements

Title: Staff Nurse

Kirsty Clements (played by Lucy Gaskell) since May 2010, is a Senior Staff Nurse. After a challenging upbringing she studied hard to become a highly trained and skilled Mental Health Nurse, though, for reasons that become clearer during Series 25, she is often late for shifts and is somewhat a maverick, believing strongly in bending the rules and going the extra mile to help a patient if it makes a difference to them when they leave the ED, leading to clashes with her more traditionalist boss Tess in Series 24. Her home life is apparently complicated, with a sick husband - her childhood sweetheart, Warren - and their teenage daughter Nita, with whom Kirsty became pregnant with aged 16.

In Series 25, Kirsty helps Simone Lewis, a patient left severely traumatised and with Conversion disorder by the Holby College shooting, recover, despite threats from her infuriated mother. Kirsty grows closer to Adam as the troublesome nature of her relationship with Warren is slowly revealed. In Series 25 episode 7, Adam invites Kirsty out for a drink, impressed by her role in the Simone Lewis case. The pair become drunk on tequila shots and with their attraction undeniable, she throws herself upon him in the pub toilets, but he rebuffs her, pointing out that this is uncharacteristic behaviour. Embarrassed, she flees, arriving home to find Warren waiting with her mobile phone that she left behind in an attempt to escape his phone calls. He throws the phone across the room and it shatters, a hint of the violent behaviour to come.

In Episode 9, Kirsty has trouble sleeping, and eventually takes diazapam in an attempt to get some rest. However, she is quickly woken by a phonecall from work - she has her shifts mixed up, and is already due in. Bruising can be seen on her back as she gets dressed and rushes to work. The drugs take effect during her shift and barely able to keep her eyes open, she tricks Adam into pescribing Ritalin to counteract the effects. However, she reacts badly to this cocktail of drugs and collapses in the shower, leaving Adam and Mads forced to secretly defibrillate her heart. Later, a concerned Adam holds Kirsty's hand as she finally drifts off to sleep in the on-call room, but her sleep is soon disrupted as Warren arrives to take her home. Back in her own bed, Warren watches over her as, despite being exhausted, she again lies wide awake.

In Episode 11, Adam notices bruises on Kirsty's arms. Kirsty returns home mid-shift to check on Warren, who at this points seems to be suffering from myalgic encephalomyelitis leaving him unable to work, and it appears the bruises come from helping her husband stand up. However when she tries to go back to work, Warren steals and hides her car keys. Frustrated, she borrows Adam's car to take Nita to school. Again their attraction to each other is strong but the moment ends abruptly when Adam raises his voice at Kirsty in jest and she breaks down, seemingly frightened.

In Episode 13, Kirsty is thrown into panic as Warren and Nita are involved in a car crash. Both come out with only superficial injuries, but Warren becomes aware of the tension between Kirsty and Adam, especially when Nita recognises him as the owner of the car Kirsty borrowed to pick her up from school. Uncomfortable, Adam shies away from further intimacy with Kirsty. In Episode 16, Warren arrives in the ED having fainted. Nita later tells Kirsty that before his faint he had been smashing up Kirsty's things. Adam comforts a tearful Kirsty and they share a kiss. Later, however, Warren is diagnosed with Muscular dystrophy. Kirsty is torn between her feelings and her duty, and resolves that she must stand by Warren to look after him as he becomes iller, telling Adam that nothing more can happen between them. Back at home, Warren discovers an apologetic text sent to Adam on Kirsty's phone and subjects her to a violent beating. In Episode 17, a bruised and unhappy Kirsty rejects her colleague's sympathy and kind words over Warren's diagnosis. She is particularly awkward with Adam after their previous talk, and struggles to work with him on a professional level, ignoring his every attempt to help her out throughout the shift. She eventually softens when he offers her a lift home. Back home, she smiles as she secretly opens her Christmas gift from Adam.

In Episode 19, Kirsty tries to put on a brave face following Warren's latest beating. Adam is concerned but she refuses to tell him the real reason for her aching back, blaming the pain on a tussle with Nita. In increasing pain, she suspects possible fractures and secretly arranges to have a X-ray taken. Adam discovers the results first, however, and confronts Kirsty about Warren's abuse. She admits the truth and reluctantly lets Adam examine her injuries - including several broken ribs - struggling to keep up her strong front as the true extent of her bruising is revealed.

Later, Warren arrives at the ED with flowers for Kirsty, who is busy treating a patient. Adam takes the flowers and there is a great deal of tension between the two men as Adam hints that he knows what has been going on. Warren leaves without seeing Kirsty. Later, Adam warns Kirsty of Warren's visit and she panics, knowing that she can't be late home. Adam worries about her returning home, suggesting that Kirsty and Nita should leave Warren that night and come and stay with him, but for Kirsty there is no choice and she returns home, late, where an angry and suspicious Warren waits alone for her. In the street outside their home, we hear the thuds, shouts and screams as Kirsty suffers another beating from her husband.

Later on in the series, Warren buys Kirsty a pair of bowling shoes for their wedding anniversary and suggests they go bowling like they used to celebrate. Kirsty agrees and calls in sick to work but their day out turns sour when a worried Adam calls to check up on Kirsty. They return home and tension mounts when Adam turns up at the front door, warning Kirsty that Warren will "cross the line". Warren is furious, and terrified of what is coming sends Nita upstairs where distraught, she listens to her father beat her mother. Bleeding heavily, Kirsty flees to Adam's house: Warren has crossed the line.

The next morning, Adam checks the spare room to find Kirsty has gone. She has returned home where she lies awake next to Nita, planning to leave Warren for good. She digs out hers and Nita's passports but is forced to hide them in the bookshelf when Warren comes downstairs and forces her to promise never to leave him again. Kirsty falsely promises and goes to work as normal, planning to return to pack their things and leave that afternoon, when Warren has a physiotherapy appointment. At work, she hits her head on the monitor, opening up the wound from the previous night, leaving Tess insisting she goes home early. Knowing she has to wait for Warren to leave, she hangs around, subtly saying goodbye to her colleagues, complimenting Tess, hugging Jay for a little too long and slipping a note (reading "Thank you, I could never have done it without you x") into Adam's pocket. Later, she hits her head on the monitor, opening up her wound from the previous night. She rings Nita to tell her to prepare to go, but Adam overhears the phone call and confronts her; they say an emotional goodbye. Kirsty returns home to pack but is terrified when she finds the passports have been found by Warren, who returns home and catches her packing. She takes the beating. Adam receives a phone call from Kirsty, but when he picks up a vicious Warren is on the other end. He rushes over, fearing the worst, to find Kirsty alive but Warren in a deep coma at the bottom of the stairs with Nita at his side.

Three weeks later, Warren comes round. His mother is visiting and reveals to Kirsty that she has known about the abuse all along, but tells Kirsty she must stay with her husband because he is "a good man". She retorts that "good men don't beat their wives." Warren's mother sees Adam comforting Kirsty and jumps to conclusions before telling Warren that Kirsty is having an affair. Warren then goes missing from his bed and is eventually discovered close to collapse in the toilets by Kirsty. She rushes to help him but he verbally assaults her and punches her in the face. This is the final straw and she finally finds the strength to leave, leaving him collapsed. Outside with Nita, she is oblivious Warren is found with a massive DVT and dies, unable to be resuscitated by the team. Adam catches Nita and Kirsty as they are about to leave and delivers the news. New-comer Miriam, was the Doctor who treated Kirsty's daughter Nita when she was born. After Warren's first attack on Kirsty, Miriam warned Kirsty to leave Warren as he will attack her again. On 30th July 2011 Kirsty left the ED due to her actress, Lucy Gaskell becoming pregnant and going onto maternity leave

Polly Emmerson

Title: Ambulance Technician

Pauline "Polly" Emerson (portrayed by actress Sophia Di Martino from 2009 to 2011) is an ambulance technician. She's described by the BBC as: "a superhero; she wants to save the world. The only problem is Polly is young, idealistic and needs to learn that the world is a complicated place and not everyone wants to be healed."[4] Di Martino had previously appeared in supporting roles in both Casualty and spin-off Holby City. She auditioned three times for the part, and had to cease studying for her Masters degree in Applied Theatre when cast.[5] She commented on her casting: "I feel very lucky to be joining such a long-running and well-established drama. I'm looking forward to Polly bursting onto screens, and hope viewers find her as much fun as I do." Series producer Oliver Kent added: "Sophia is a brilliant actress and we're very excited that she's joining us. We can't wait for the audience to see her - they're going to love her."[5] Di Martino describes Polly as "very optimistic. She sees the best in everyone. She's fun, opinionated, brave and sometimes gets a little bit too close to her patients."[5] After the suicide of homeless man Alistair MacCormack, who was infatuated with Polly, Polly was suspended while a full inquiry into his death was undertaken, after evidence given against her by Alistair's best friend, Abe, who believed that Polly should lose something that she really loved - her job - as revenge.

Polly, despite Abe's threat, keeps her job. It's revealed that she is in love with Jay and has a short fling with him. He quickly ends it, as he wishes to only be friends and because he still has feelings for Ruth. She leaves in Series 25 to become a counsellor after admitting that she would rather be helping those with psychological problems rather than physical. On her last day at Holby, she is stabbed by Hannah Fleet, and isn't found until a long time after. Despite Nick Jordan's best efforts to save her, the time of death is announced.

It has been revealed in the show that Polly spent a lot of time trying to help and mentor Karl, a troubled local teenager. This was never shown or indicated on screen, and was only referenced after her death.

Yuki Reid

Title: Junior Doctor

Yuki Reid (played by Will Sharpe) is an F2 Junior Doctor. He was one of eight new Foundation House Officer Year 2 doctors joining the department at the start of Series 24. He had known May since the beginning of medical school and helped her out with work, secretly smitten with her. However May leaves the series after she frames Yuki for the death of a patient, resulting in Yuki running away and ending up being admitted to hospital after sleeping rough. After the breakdown of Yuki and May's relationship, he became very close to fellow F2 Lenny. Yuki and the F2s spent the majority of the series competing for the JAFA award, but on the day of the award ceremony he finds out that Lenny has been guaranteed the award in return for keeping quiet about a botched medical trial. After the reveal, the JAFA is cancelled, but Mr Jordan brings both doctors back. In the same episode, 'What Tonight Means to Me - Part One', a series of flashbacks explained that Yuki's brother had cancer and had passed away, explaining his real reason for becoming a doctor, rather than because of his relationship with May, as previously believed. In terms of personality, whilst he is a young, intelligent and handsome man, Yuki suffers from social anxiety, low confidence, low self-esteem, the tendency to obsess over detail and shyness. Still, he has shown that he can rise to the occasion when needed and his ability to diagnose patients is outstanding.

He departed from the show on the Sixteenth Episode of Series 25.

Megan Roach

Megan Roach (portrayed by actress Brenda Fricker) was one of the original characters of the series, making her first appearance in the first episode, "Gas", on 6 September 1986. Megan would remain as a major character until the conclusion of the fifth series in 1990 where the actress left the show. She made a one-off return in 1998 for the conclusion of the twelfth series and later would make further returns in 2007 and 2010 respectively. Megan committed suicide with the aid of Charlie and Tess to end her suffering on 7 August 2010. Her return episode was voted as the third best Casualty episode ever by fans.[6]

Jessica Harrison

Jessica Harrison (played by actress Gillian Kearney from 2008) born 4 August 1974, as revealed on her ID bracelet, arrives in Casualty as an agency nurse but later becomes a Staff Nurse).

She had a one-night stand with Adam the night before her first shift and is shocked to realise that she will be working with him. They discuss having a relationship and she isn't keen but they later begin an affair. It is later revealed that Jessica is married to Orthopaedic Consultant Sean Anderson and they have two children, Amelia and Lucas. Jessica ends the affair, feeling guilty that Lucas was injured while she was with Adam. She is shocked to discover Sean is having an affair too - with Zoe Hanna and that she's expecting her 3rd child. Unsure who is the father, she assumes Sean is, only telling Adam when she is admitted to the ED, following an accident at home. Unfortunately Sean realised he might not be the baby's father on seeing Adam's reaction to the pregnancy and angry, took Amelia and Lucas to Saudi Arabia. He told Jessica she could join them once she'd had an abortion but Jessica refuses, moving into a flat on the Farmead Estate after being evicted from the marital home. Shortly after Harry's birth, he is rushed to the ED with breathing difficulties. Worried he might not live, Jessica tells Adam that he could be Harry's father and they reunite, naming their son Harry Adam Trueman.

Desperate to see her other children, Jessica lies to Maureen and Sean that Harry is Sean's son. Sean sends Jessica her passport and a ticket to Saudi Arabia, as she knew he would. Playing along, she takes Harry to Saudi Arabia, promising Adam that they will return. Two weeks later, she returns with the children. Adam is initially furious but on calming down, asks her to divorce Sean, marry him and have a DNA test that confirms Adam is Harry's father. Jessica is furious with Adam when he calls Sean regarding Amelia and Lucas but agrees he can have access. She forgave Adam and they decided to move in and get engaged, planning to marry at the New Year. However, neither Jessica or Adam were pleased to see Sean return to work at Holby City Hospital but accepted it. Sean tries making peace with them, realising he has behaved badly. Adam agrees to a fresh start but Jessica isn't as forgiving. Sean, however, has not given up hope of winning her back but is shocked by how much watching her with Adam and the children hurts.

On their wedding day, Adam is called back to the ED, following a minibus crash. They married in the hospital chapel and were returning to the venue to sign the papers but crashed en route. Adam's car sank into a lake with him, Jessica and Harry inside. All 3 were pulled from the water alive but Harry died. After 2 weeks in a coma, Jessica wakes up. However she and Adam drift apart, and, feeling that she cannot stay with him and the memory of Harry, she and the children go to America with an old friend. Jessica returns to Holby at the end of "New Beginnings" after Alice calls her, worried about Adam's mental health. Initially Adam is hostile to her but after being sealed in the ED, worried about a possible anthrax scare, they reconcile. Back at Adam's house, Jessica seems happy to stay long-term until she finds Harry's spoon in a kitchen drawer. Unable to take any more, Adam insists Jessica make a decision about staying or leaving there and then.

Alice Chantrey

Alice Chantrey (played by actress Sam Grey from 2006) first appears in Casualty as the department's new receptionist. It was announced on 3 February 2006 that Grey had been cast in the role.[7] She said of her casting: "I'm really excited to be working with such skilled and talented actors on Casualty. It's a great opportunity to learn more. At the moment my real nerves are helping me to play the part of Alice as she's an anxious character."[8] Alice is described by the BBC as "cripplingly shy" and easily intimidated.[9] She is befriended by Sam Bateman, and develops a crush on Senior House Officer Guppy Sandhu. Alice goes as far as to pretend one of the porters is her boyfriend in an effort to draw his attention, however all this achieves is helping Sam realise he has feelings for her himself. When the department is threatened with closure, Consultant Harry Harper opposes the move, and Clinical Manager Nathan Spencer persuades Alice to claim that he has sexually harassed her, in order to sabotage Harry's campaign. Realising she has been tricked, Alice drops her claim and expresses a wish to leave for the South American rain forest, but Sam persuades her to stay. Later in the series, Sam himself leaves to travel in Thailand. Alice kisses him before his departure, confessing her love for him.

In series 22, Alice gives up reception duties to become a healthcare assistant. She begins dating paramedic Curtis Cooper, in a relationship Grey describes as "a bit of a slow burn", commenting: "They've been tiptoeing around each other for a while because they both have their own issues - Alice is a nervous character and very shy, while Curtis has a past, which he tries to keep back. Although they find it difficult to communicate they get on well and hit it off in the quirkiest way possible."[10] She assessed that Alice was initially nervous of the relationship as: "She's very naive, quite like a little girl in many ways. She's never had a proper relationship and is still a virgin. Curtis knows all this about her and is very careful with her as a result."[10] When Curtis is targeted by a local gang leader, Tony, he breaks up with Alice to protect her, as Tony threatens to kill her. When they later reunite, Alice is assaulted by Tony's girlfriend and admitted to the ED as a patient. She and Curtis become engaged, however on their wedding day, Alice is taken hostage at gunpoint on the hospital roof. Curtis tackles her assailant over the edge, and dies saving Alice. The Daily Mirror's Jim Shelley criticized Alice's relationship with Curtis, deeming it "about as convincing as Stacey Slater's with Bradley, or Corrie's Maria and Tyrone",[11] lacking in plausibility as: "Alice had gone from being so virginal and meek she was practically mute to marrying a youth the police claimed used to be 'a serious player'."[11] Since the start of series 24, she has taken a more 'back-seat' role, only appearing in one or two scenes per episode with only a handful of lines, often which aren't related to the series' storylines. After the death of Adam's son Harry and his new wife Jessica's departure to America, she had a one night stand with him, but was devastated when he was not there in the morning as he had promised and was unconcerned by his behaviour the following day in the ED

Alice got a call from Jessica Harrinson about how Adam is doing and agreed to meet a the bus stop nearest the hospital. Adam Trueman gets told that Alice was moving hospital and leaving, so he rushes to tell her something and then while there were talking Jessica comes off the bus and Adam is speechless while Jessica says; "Hello Adam" on the episode; New Beginnings

May Phelps

May Phelps (played by Laura Aikman) is one of eight new Foundation House Officer Year 2 doctors joining the department at the start of Series 24. Her father is Professor Eddie Lanchester, Holby City Hospital's Dean of Medicine, who offers to help her win the prestigious Fellowship award. He gave her the answers in an envelope. She pondered over what to do then threw them in a bin. However, she changed her mind and later retrieved them. Her tutor in the ED is Ruth. May left in episode 36 Series 24 after she broke a patients neck and made Yuki believe he had done it. She later admitted to Nick that she broke the patients neck and Yuki was innocent.

Kelsey Phillips

Kelsey is a happy go lucky girl with a penchant for gossip, matchmaking, and generally unintentionally causing trouble in the workplace. She is notoriously bad with her finances, and during series 21 was almost forced into prostitution after being threatened with eviction for falling behind on her rent. She quickly dropped the profession when her first client turned out to be Nathan Spencer. She then revealed to Selena Donovan that Nathan was her client. Then at Tess Bateman's party Stitch Lambert caused friction and Kelsey and Nathan bonded. Kelsey thanked Nathan for not exposing her as a prostitute. She also stood up to Stitch.

Kelsey and Alice Chantrey started internet dating and both got dates but it was revealed that Kelsey's date was Big Mac, of which she was unaware. Noel took her out clubbing before Big Mac arrived.

Kelsey thought she had won the lottery, and made a resignation and bought a one way plane ticket to Tailand, but it turned out to be a practical joke by Jay. She decided to leave anyway, and after a eventful night involving a mugging, and a quick kiss with Big Mac, she left the ED. (Series 23, episode 31: All you need is love.)

Toby De Silva

Toby is a doctor who has just graduated from medical school. As an only child whose parents are in the medical profession, Toby was pushed into medicine.

On his first day on the show, we saw his lack of confidence which earned him the nickname Dracula. After making lots of mistakes and messing up an injection on a patient in front of his mother, Professor Camille Windsor, he decided to resign. Adam Trueman decided to give Toby another chance to prove himself by giving him a tricky procedure to do. After completing the procedure successfully, he decided to stay.

Since then Toby became more and more confident at his job and at Christmas 2007, he kissed Maggie under the mistletoe for a pound. She offered him her spare room, which he accepted, becoming her lodger. On 2 February 2008, Toby and Abs Denham found Ruth had hanged herself in her room. Toby found it hard to cope being the only F2 around and only just managed to complete a complicated procedure to save a girl's life.

After Ruth's attempted suicide, Toby got drunk at a pub with Maggie's pregnant daughter, Joanne. When she went into labour, he was forced to deliver the baby himself. The birth was successful and Toby and Joanne have since become lovers. Toby took a job in Orthopaedics with Sean Anderson as his boss. He was furious to discover Maggie had expressed serious doubts about his ability to do the job.

In November 2008, Toby discovered Ruth had spent the night with new Clinical Lead Nick Jordan and told her that Jordan was using her for a night of sex, not the whirlwind romance she believed was happening. She refused to believe him, saying that he was only saying that as he'd always fancied her. Later on, Toby went for a drink with new medical counsellor, Ben Harding, to discuss his feelings about Ruth but she found him in Bed with Ben later that night which was the start of many problems to come.

Toby withdrew his statement and after arguing with Ben, embarrassed himself at the Christmas party with drink in hand. He threw away his NHS id badge but then realised he needed it to get his belongings back. He saw it and jumped into a boat, trying to retrieve it, but his foot went through the wood. He nearly drowned but luckily Toby was rescued and taken to Casualty. He told his father that he was gay and told Dr Jordon that he wanted to quit immediately rather than serve his notice. This plan was derailed, following a rush of patients following a train crash, Dr Jordon said he could quit at the end of the shift. Toby was the only one able to deal with a young girl who was refusing treatment. Saying goodbye to Ruth, he tricked her telling there was a spider on her head which made her close her eyes. He took the opportunity to kiss her on the cheek before leaving. As he walked through the ED he received hugs and smiles from his co-workers. Outside, due to Toby's father, Ben met him and they walked out of the ED carpark with promises of coffee.

Maggie Coldwell

Maggie started off her career in medicine as a nurse, before retraining to become a doctor. She is highly competent, although has been held back from progressing further up the career ladder as a result of a tendency to be too outspoken with hospital management, most notably clashing frequently with Nathan Spencer. She successfully applied for the role of consultant, before Nathan claimed there was no funding to pay her post.

It was revealed that when her husband, Steve, had been sentenced to jail, she had told her children that he had died. When they discovered the truth and he was subsequently released, she allowed them to travel abroad with him to Malaysia. Paramedic Josh Griffiths was her lodger before his departure, however she has a long running romantic interest in Josh's best friend Charlie Fairhead.

Maggie's daughter Joanne returned in January 2008, and Maggie was shocked to see that she was heavily pregnant. Maggie became a grandparent in February 2008, when Joanne gave birth to a baby girl called Lana. She now shares her house with Joanne, Lana, Toby and Ruth.

At the end of the 2008 series Maggie decided to leave Casualty after the shock and stress of the coroners court, where she was framed by Marilyn.

Abs Denham

Abs' first day at work was particularly memorable. He discovered that an escaped psychiatric patient had stolen his identity and was posing as him within the Emergency Department. Although the impostor successfully fooled Clinical Nurse Manager Tess Bateman, the matter was eventually sorted out and the genuine Abs was able to start doing his job.

Abs entered into a short lived marriage with Ellen Zitek, the half-sister of his love interest Nina Farr. Ellen lied to him over the course of many months about the danger she faced in her home country, and Abs agreed to get married simply to help her get a visa. It eventually became clear however, that Ellen's motives had not been genuine, and she was acting simply out of malice toward Nina. She left for a short period, during which Abs reunited with Nina - however, they were soon harassed by a loan shark to whom Ellen owed £15,000. Abs struggled to keep up with the payments, and not only got beaten up but had items repossessed. However, after being beaten up himself, the loan shark was fatally injured and Abs was free of Ellen's debt. Immigration officials also informed him that they would not be investigating his marriage to Ellen any longer, leaving him free to enjoy his time with Nina.

Once Ellen returned, Abs demanded a divorce. However, she soon revealed she was suffering from cancer, and although both Abs and Nina supported her throughout, several months later she was killed in an unrelated incident, run down by a motorbike, leaving Abs a widower. His relationship with Nina disintegrated during this period, with him first reacting poorly to the revelation she had once had relationships with women and identified as bi-sexual. He then became jealous of her relationship with Greg Fallon, and eventually Nina decided to leave Holby.

In a special Comic Relief episode written by Richard Curtis Abs was participating in a sleep-a-thon and was taken hostage by returning character Megan Roach's grandson who crashed his camper van. Abs was unhurt but for a minor cut on his head

He was shot on New Year's Eve 2007 while out at a night club with Kelsey but he escaped with just a minor injury to his arm. In protest of Charlie Fairhead's redundancy, he called an unofficial work-to-rule, but after a patient died as a result, he realised he'd taken things too far and called it off.

In March 2008, Abs attended his brother's funeral. At the funeral, he was reunited with his old friend Stacey. However, when his friend's drunken behaviour ended in a violent punch-up, Abs was forced to talk to Stacey about the dangers of alcoholism. Later, he revealed to his mother that he wanted to open up a clinic to treat alcoholism.

Harry Harper

Josh Griffiths

Nathan Spencer

Max Gallagher

Title: Emergency medicine, consultant Max Gallagher was a fictional character from the BBC medical drama Casualty, portrayed by actor Robert Gwilym. He appeared in the show from the first episode of its thirteenth series, broadcast on 5 September 1998, until series sixteen, episode 36, broadcast on 18 May 2002. His storylines involve dealing with his son, Frank (Tobias Menzies), who is a heroin addict, and being suspended for supplying his partner's son with methadone, as a result of which he is ultimately forced to resign.

Patrick Spiller

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