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Geoffrey Leesley Interview

Taken from ‘The CASUALTY Fan Club’, in May 2001; Interview with Geoffrey Leesley who played Paramedic Keith Cotterill.

Taken from ‘The CASUALTY Fan Club’, in May 2001;

Q. Do you have fond memories of your time in CASUALTY?

A. Ofcourse! t was great fun, although I was permanently jetlagged having to do lots of ‘night shots’.

Q. It’s been 10 years since you were in CASUALTY, do you ever get recognised as ‘Keith Cotteril’?

A. Yes – often – although I’m often mistaken for Clive Mantle (Don’t know why!)

Q. How did you get the part of Keith?

A. I was recommended by a former colleague who I’d worked with on Bergerac. (Just like every job it’s a case of ‘who you know’).

Q. Did you have to do any research for the part?

A. I spent some time with the Avon Ambulance Service. Clive Haddrell (the advisor) was always on hand to give us advice.

Q. CASUALTY must have given you an insight into the job of a paramedic, do you think you could ever be a paramedic in real life?

A. Absolutely not! I’m far too squeamish.

Q. Who were your main friends on Set, and do you still keep in touch with cast members?

A. It was a very happy ‘company feeling’ when I was there. I don’t know what it’s like now. I see Ian Bleasedale (Josh) from time to time.

Q. Do you have any favourite storylines/ scenes that you remember?

A. I seemed to spend most of my time delivering people on a stretcher.  However I remember delivering a baby in the ambulance on one occasion. That was very exciting. We improvised most of the dialogue.

Q. Do you watch CASUALTY now and if so do you think it has changed alot since you were in it?

A. I don’t often get the chance, but it doesn’t seem to have changed much – the usual hospital storyline, people get sick or have an accident and we cure them – or kill them off!

Q. What acting work have you done since CASUALTY?

A. Quite alot of TV work and lots of theatre – particularly Shakespeare which is a great love of mine.

Q. Do you have any ambitions left to fulfill?

A. Plenty!

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