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Charlie Fairhead

Played by Derek Thompson

Appearance

S1 E1 ‘Gas’ –

Job Title

Series 1-3: Charge Nurse
Series 4-5: Nursing Officer
Series 6-15: Clinical Nurse Manager
Series 16: Clinical Nurse Manager/Clinical Nurse Specialist
Series 17-18: Clinical Nurse Manager
Series 19-current: Senior Charge Nurse & Emergency Nurse Practitioner

First Words

[to Susie] Have you?

Background

In the early years, Charlie was a ‘jack the lad’, he had curly brown hair, and was a heavy smoker – trying to quit the habit. He drove a yellow beetle car – a junk of a car, because he was saving up to pay for his Mum’s hip replacement operation. Charlie had a great sense of humour – but also a terrible temper – he is also known for his characteristic of standing with his hands in his pockets or rubbing the back of his head!

His first relationship is with SHO Baz Samuels, their short romance begins in S1 E7. However she tells him she can’t commit to she can’t commit to a proper relationship. Charlie discovers at work, she has been taking ‘speed’ to keep her awake at night, and criticises her for taking them. The couple continue to flirt through the series until she finds out she is pregnant in S1 E13. She keeps it a secret from Charlie and has an abortion without telling him. In S1 E14, it is only after all the rumours are flying around, that she confesses to Charlie it was his child. He is shocked and angry, but she does not regret it.

In S2 E1, Charlie received a note from Baz, saying she has left Holby for a new job. On the rebound from Baz, Charlie spends the nights with nurse Karen. He later tells her it was a one-off. In S2 E6, Charlie nearly falls down a crevice in an underground cave, and in S2 E8 he receives a letter saying he has won £5,000 in the Premium Bonds – he considers buying a Cadillac, but spends the money on his Mum’s operation, and buys himself a £600 Landrover.

In S3 E4, David and Charlie conflict over breaching patient confidentiality. Charlie takes Duffy to see Peter’s grave for the first time. In S3 E9, Valerie tells Charlie the department has got to make economies – Kuba faces the sack. In S3 E10, Charlie asks Administrator, Valerie out on a dinner date, which she accepts.

In S4, Charlie catches Megan taking Valium, he urges her to stop, as a friend and a colleague. He is also angry at the lack of funding towards Holby A&E, which he cares about deeply.In S5, he is upset when his friend dies, after collapsing in an Orthopedic ward – he becomes depressed and starts drinking. This time, it’s Megan who advises him. At the end of S5, things come to head, when a schizophrenic man holds Megan hostage in CRASH. Charlie goes in as a porter in disguise – but is shot in the chest.He survives, to make it to S6, at a bereavement counselling session in S6 E3, he meets Trish, a Social Worker – who he is attracted to. They have a few dates, but Trish doesn’t like the fact he is obsessed with his job, and that they never see eachother. In S6 E15, he suggests they get married, but she just walks away.

In S7, Charlie is single and lonely – Duffy even asks him to spend Christmas dinner with her. Charlie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and reluctantly sees a psychiatrist in S7 E22, who diagnoses him with depression. At the end of the shift, he argues with Duffy, messes up his office and collapses on the floor, from the stress.

In S8, gay nurse, Ken, develops a close relationship with Charlie, but later he realises he completely misread Charlie’s intentions. Charlie is shocked when Ken tells him how he feels. When Charlie is told Ken’s contract isn’t to be renewed – he is faced with telling him the bad news. In S8 E13, Duffy leaves – he is upset that his old friend is going and they have a tearful goodbye. In S8 E15, Charlie has a brief fright, over Christmas dinner, when he starts choking on a piece of bread – luckily porter, Frankie’s swift action saves him. He also has a brief fling with Jane. At the end of S8 E24, Charlie is celebrating his 40th birthday, but he is not happy. He says he has been a nurse for 20 years, but can’t remember why he entered the profession. He even writes out a resignation letter – but throws it away. In this episode, he also has to evacuate the department and talk round a man, who is holding a gun to his head.

In S9, Charlie applies for a Contracts Manager post – he learns his interview has been a success, but he declines the post. In S9 E20, Charlie is confronted with a painful memory from his past – Baz Hayes, arrives as the new Locum and is now remarried. Charlie finds this hard, as he still loves her. Feelings are high – it comes to a head at the end of S9, when Baz needs a shoulder to cry on, after a stressful shift; they kiss.

In S10, Charlie feels frustrated by their affair, he can’t stand seeing her with husband, Peter. He tells her in S10 E7, he wants to finish their relationship, but she turns up begging him to change his mind, and they continue their affair. In S10 E15, she finds out she is pregnant, she tells Peter she is leaving him, and in S10 E18, she tells Charlie the news. In S10 E20, the full details are spilled – Baz confronts both Peter and Charlie, telling Peter of the affair and her pregnancy – Peter is devastated.

In S11 E1, Baz has a baby boy, Louis – Charlie arrives just in time to see the birth. They employ a nanny, Margaret. In S11 E18, it turns out she has been mistreating Louis, and even tried to smother him.

In S12, the series starts with Charlie worrying Baz and Louis are involved in an explosion at a shopping centre – luckily they aren’t. Their relationship hits a rocky patch, when Baz fears they’re not spending enough time together – they plan a holiday, but after the tension – Baz heads off to the airport alone. A new Personnel Officer, Zoe, arrives and Charlie’s flirtatious friendship with her, strains his and Baz’s relationship further. They split up and Charlie moves out. Charlie is upset and succumbs to Zoe’s sexual advances. But by S12 E23, he realises he can’t bear the thought of life without Baz – and after she is kidnapped in S12 E24 – the ordeal brings them close again, and he proposes to her. In S12 E25/S12 E26, Charlie and Baz prepare to get married, but they cancel it after an emergency back at A&E. Dealing with a patient outside, Charlie is inadvertently run over by an ambulance, being driven by a patients’ brother. Charlie is taken to CRASH, but his injuries are not serious. They go and get married on a boat in the Marina, Baz reveals she is going to take a new post in Edinburgh.

In S13, Charlie commutes to see Baz every weekend. It’s hard on him, as he misses her and Louis. But he is glad to see his old colleague Duffy back on the team. In S13 E9, Charlie is on his way to work when a man summons his help – his wife has been attacked. In S13 E11, Charlie ticks Eve off, for booking her holiday and disregarding him. Drugs have been going missing from the department, and Sam discovers it to be Agency Nurse Lee, and tells him to leave. At the Christmas party in S13 E17, Charlie confronts Sam about Lee and the missing drugs, annoyed that he knew and did not tell him. And in S13 E27, a reporter comes to talk to Charlie about the press leak, regarding the department’s closure.

At the beginning of S14, the team including Charlie are shaken, after Sam’s attack, which leads him to fall from a balcony. The staff are then forced to stay inside the hospital after a patient comes in covered in radioactive waste. Charlie feels sorry for a Marine, Jack, who is on the run for attacking his wife’s lover, but has just saved the life of a young girl’s mother. He stays with the girl, Poppy, and Charlie admires him for staying with her, rather than making a run from the police. In S14 E4, Adam asks Charlie’s advice on applying for a nursing post because he is HIV. Charlie tells him he should declare the fact, and that he should still have a chance of the job. This episode, Sunny has a run in with a patient and ends up hitting him, an angry Charlie is forced to suspend him and face a disciplinary charge. In S14 E7, Sunny says he doesn’t regret his actions, Charlie replies that the heroes are the ones that keep their temper. In S14 E8, Charlie finds out from Sean that Eve is thinking of resigning. He goes to look for her at the Mission, and tries to persuade her not to leave as she is one of his best nurses, but she won’t change her mind, and hugs Charlie goodbye. In S14 E10, Duffy is to be interviewed for the Sister post, Charlie reminds Max not to give her any preferential treatment, but he is offended by his comment and gives her a hard time in the interview which Charlie comments on. Duffy gets the job and confronts Max, who tells her he didn’t want Charlie to think he was biased. They end up kissing – Charlie sees them through the office windows, and is not impressed. Next episode he acts sharply towards them both. Duffy confronts him in S14 E12, and realises he knows about her and Max, Charlie tells her to think about what she is doing, as she has a husband and children at home. He later apologises to her, but says he only did it because he cares. Next episode Duffy finishes with Max, he confronts Charlie thinking he is responsible, and says their friendship is over. In S14 E15, Duffy thanks Charlie for being right and asks Max to apologise to him. He does, but tells Charlie he spoilt their relationship because he thinks he has feelings for her himself. In S14 E17, it’s Christmas day and Charlie is missing Louis, Duffy comforts him. In S14 E14, Charlie and Duffy both leave at the end of shift, Charlie asks if she wants to get something to eat. Her look says no, and they both smile. They say they are another year older, but no wiser, just more sensible. Duffy kisses Charlie and they head off in separate directions. In S14 E23, Leona, a regular patient comes in demanding to see Charlie. She keeps missing her psychiatric appointments, and he finally persuades her to go. Leona says he is one of her best friends. In S14 E24, Charlie supports Max, after his son Frank’s death. In S14 E28, Tina tells Charlie that she is leaving, he is sad to see her go and hugs her goodbye. And in the last episode of S14, Leona shows up again, wanting to see Charlie. Exasperated, he tries to avoid her, but she follows him trying to tell him her news. He escapes to the toilets, where he suddenly clutches his chest in pain and falls to the floor.

In S15, we find out Charlie had suffered a pulmonary embolism and nearly died. In S15 E1, Charlie has been off for two months, and the staff are struggling to cope without him. By the waterfront, he contemplates what he really wants from life, and ends up chatting to a young Mum, who finds it hard being a single Mum. She goes to buy an ice cream, but disappears, leaving Charlie with her baby. He later finds her and takes her to casualty. When he does show up in A&E, he is bombarded with demands from his colleagues on when he is going to come back to work. Next episode, he does return, with a stern approach – he tells Manager Dan that he won’t tolerate money or policy issues being put above patient care, but Duffy is concerned about the effect of throwing himself back into work is having on his health. In S15 E3, Charlie reveals to Duffy, now that he has split from Baz, that Louis is going to join her in Canada, once she has settled. He fears Louis will forget him. In S15 E4, a reporter hears from Holly that a nurse is HIV, Charlie urges Holly to stop him before it gets out of hand. She manages to persuade him, but a patient overhears and sells the story anyway. Charlie and Dan discuss how to protect Nurse Adam, and when he arrives in the department, Charlie shows him the front page headlines. In S15 E6, Leona turns up in A&E again with stomach pains. Charlie and Patrick discover she is pregnant, and she gives birth to a baby girl, who she calls after Charlie. It leads him to be late for Adam and Reuben’s wedding, when he has the rings! In S15 E7, the trials and tribulations of fatherhood are affecting Charlie, when he is let down by his child minder. In S15 E10, he takes Louis to the local zoo, one of their last trips before Louis flies out to be with Baz. But the day turns into a nightmare, when Charlie goes to help a man who is having an epileptic fit – and Louis wanders off. Charlie frantically searches for him, and finally finds him being looked after by another man. This episode he also arranges a surprise birthday party for Duffy who is 40. In S15 E12, Charlie tells Duffy he is to take some time off to take Louis to Canada, but is dreading the thought of giving up his son. In S15 E16, he returns from Canada with his heavy heart. He reveals Baz has met someone else, and wants a divorce. Charlie falls out with Baz in S15 E18 over access to Louis, as she will only let him see his son in Canada. Charlie feels helpless, but when he treats a lawyer with a broken hand, he is encouraged to get some advice from a family lawyer. Some of his fighting spirit returns. In S15 E22, A&E is teeming with patients, and Charlie is getting inundated with complaints. He asks Dan to help find more beds. He agrees on the condition Charlie implements new hospital guidelines on patient delay. Charlie follows everything by the book, but Dan’s plan backfires, resulting in him having to apologise to a number of patients. To add to Charlie’s worries, a series of patients come in with a mystery illness, which turns out to be Legionnaires disease. The outbreak may have come from the hospital, and Dan is annoyed when Charlie and Max contact Public Health. In S15 E24, Charlie goes to see a Solicitor to discuss his custody case. But she tells him that he doesn’t have much chance of winning his son back. Back at A&E, Charlie paints a picture to Duffy that the news is positive, even though he’ll have to sell his house to pay the legal fees. In S15 E26, when he goes to court to discuss his application for custody his solicitor again urges him to drop the application, leaving him disheartened. Charlie’s day gets worse when he arrives at work, only to find out that a major incident exercise is taking place – and nobody informed him. Charlie decides to drop the proceedings against Baz as he doesn’t want to lose contact with Louis. Duffy tries to cheer him up by asking him to supper. In S15 E27, Charlie is annoyed to hear that due to budget cuts, agency nurses are to be lost. Charlie also blames Dan for Duffy’s collapse, saying she was under too much pressure. Later, A&E is seriously overcrowded, Charlie sees the Director of Nursing, who allows him to shut down the hospital till the backlog of patients is cleared. Dan is not happy. Next episode the pair have a heated argument. In S15 E34, Charlie returns from another trip in Canada. He tells Max, Louis wanted him to stay, but Charlie says his life is in Holby. Charlie has also sold his house and about to move into a flat, is told at the last minute he can’t have it. Left homeless, Max offers Charlie his spare room. Max’s partner Amanda is not so keen. In S15 E36, Charlie has to break the news to a heavily pregnant Duffy, that Andrew has been killed. She is distraught.

In S16 E1, Charlie goes to see Duffy at home to see how she is coping, when she unexpectedly goes into labour – she refuses to go to hospital, and Charlie is forced to deliver her baby. In S16 E3, Charlie attends a supper club by a dating agency, and meets a woman called Jan. They get on really well and it is only next episode he realises she is his boss. Jan still wants to see Charlie, who clearly feels uncomfortable with the situation and at the end of shift turns her down. She also asks him to apply for a new Clinical Nursing Specialist job. In S16 E5, Charlie is furious with Lara and Dillon when Lara breaks hospital procedure to deliver a baby in A&E. In S16 E7, Jan arrives to take a tour of the department, and Charlie is concerned to want everything to go well. Jan questions why they haven’t seen eachother recently and agree to rectify the situation with a meal out. She also tells him he has got the new job. He asks if he got the job on merit and she reminds him their relationship is totally separate. In S16 E8, Charlie and Jan attend a charity dinner, but she is annoyed when he abuses his position to have a rant about hospital issues. They managed to later reconcile. In S16 E10, Charlie’s friend Leona comes in with her baby daughter, Charlie, worried about spots that she has. Patrick says it is due to Leona overdressing her. Leona leaves with nappies and wipes freebies, but Duffy is more concerned about the welfare of baby Charlie. Charlie also argues with Jan over hospital security – she reminds him they are on the same side, and Duffy breaks down infront of him, because she misses Andrew. In S16 E11 Spencer is attacked by an irate man, Charlie storms off to Security Officer, Mr Dobbs and Jan Goddard, demanding extra security. He lets it slip to Mr Dobbs that he is dating Jan, who proceeds to send an email to all the staff. Duffy is annoyed that she didn’t know. Jan eventually agrees to get some security.

In S17 E1 Duffy confides in Charlie about Andrew’s life policy money that she has received. She doesn’t want it but Charlie tries to persuade her it’s what Andrew would have wanted. In S17 E3, Duffy’s mother is brought in with cancer and as he condition deteriorates, she tells Charlie she wishes not to be resuscitated. He also clashes with Dillon and Harry over how to deal with an illegal immigrant who has swallowed drugs. In S17 E6, Dillon is furious when Charlie calls Social Services on a case involving an Down Syndrome mother. In S17 E10, Charlie discovers Duffy is dating Ryan and wonders why he is last to know. In S17 E12, Josh confides in Charlie about his marriage difficulties. In S17 E20, Duffy plans to marry Ryan and asks Charlie to give her away. In S17 E25, Charlie is unhappy with Selina’s arrival in the department. In S17 E29, since Ryan ran off with all Duffy’s money, Charlie offers her a place to stay with him. In S17 E31, an apologetic Ryan is back asking her to go to New Zealand with him. Charlie is not pleased, and Duffy finds it hard to say goodbye. She tells him she loves him and with a heartfelt kiss is whisked away. Charlie loses his friend.

At the opening of Series 18, there’s been a major train crash and the team discover that nurse Anna has been badly injured. Charlie is called out and is by her side, as they attempt to get her out of the wreckage. And in S18 E2, although the team are reluctant to tell Anna how seriously injured she is injured, she knows they are holding back and persuades Charlie to tell her the truth. In S18 E6, when Josh learns that Colette has moved on, he and Charlie go AWOL for the afternoon. Friends for 16 years, the two reminisce over a pint and Josh tries his hand at karaoke. In S18 E12, Charlie is on his way to the airport to meet his son, Louis, and ex-wife Baz when he sees his father-in-law, Kenneth, leaving the hospital. He discovers that Kenneth has lung cancer, with very little time left to live, and that Baz has remarried, all of which saddens him. When Charlie meets Baz, things are awkward between them and breaking the news about Kenneth’s illness is not easy. But Charlie is even more uncomfortable when Baz’s new husband, Dan Wilder, turns up and walks away with her. In S18 E14, Charlie invites Baz to join him and Louis on their day out bowling. They’re having fun, until Louis takes a turn for the worse and no one can discover the cause of his illness. Eventually Jim diagnoses a rare fever, panicking Charlie who struggles to remain strong. Dan feels superfluous, though Louis turns to him when he wakes up, but when the ordeal is finally over, it is obvious that something has been reignited between Charlie and Baz. In S18 E15, Louis, is finally responding to treatment and should be released from Holby in a week’s time. To celebrate, Kenneth, has a Christmas surprise for the whole family: he’s bought them all tickets to Lapland. But the party mood is spoiled when a severe road traffic accident shout comes in and it’s all hands on deck. In S18 E16, despite the fairytale magic of snowy Lapland, Charlie is struggling to enjoy himself. Dan, too, is clearly uncomfortable, acting macho and getting competitive in a playful snowball fight and skidoo race. But when Dan pulls a reckless stunt, he crashes and becomes trapped under the ski-mobile. Baz and Louis go for help and Charlie has to think fast. He stems the bleeding from Dan’s leg and warms him with his own body heat when he gets too cold. During this awkward, close moment, Charlie admits he’s still in love with Baz. Later, with Dan recovering in hospital, Charlie and Baz share a passionate embrace under the beautiful northern lights. In S18 E17, Baz decides to tell Dan the truth about her and Charlie, and admits that they slept together. In a rage, he charges into the hospital and punches Charlie. In S18 E18, Baz reluctantly travels with Dan to the airport to appease a defiant Louis, but his tantrum spirals. With patience wearing thin, Baz tries to restore order but, in the pandemonium, Dan is distracted and loses control of the car. Charlie sees the incident unfold as he drives by. In S18 E19, Baz is struggling for her life and, after tests, they realise it is time to give up. It is unbearable for everyone and Charlie still blames Dan. When the question of organ donation arises, they clash over Baz’s wishes. In S18 E20, it’s the day of Baz’s funeral and Dan stakes his claim over Louis, announcing plans to take him back to Canada. Charlie’s overwhelming concern for Kenneth and Louis has not left him time to grieve or cry for Baz, and he desperately longs for another chance at their time together. An argument ensues and Charlie threatens to contest custody. In S18 E21, Charlie is forced to get an injunction to stop Dan taking Louis out of the country. In a state of frenzy, he rushes out of work, only to discover that they have already left. He finds them at the station and presents Dan with the court order. In S18 E22, Charlie takes Louis to the department, only to realise he has not been back there since Baz died. In S18 E23, Charlie is determined to fight for his son but, after a meeting with the children’s welfare officer, he begins to doubt his worth as a father. In S18 E25, Charlie’s first custody hearing is adjourned when Louis discovers his grandad, Ken, fighting for breath. Ken is rushed into hospital and Dan is granted custody until Ken, on his death bed, asks him to let father and son be together. Dan cannot ignore Ken’s dying wish and drops the case when Louis tells him he wants to stay with Charlie. In S18 E35, Jim is covering as clinical director and annoying everyone by trying to implement systems he learned in America. He discusses abolishing the three-hour rule with Holby’s chief executive, Helen Grant, but Charlie is furious with Jim’s intended changes and confronts him. In S18 E36, when a patient dies in reception, Charlie is quick to blame Jim, who has recently implemented unpopular changes in the department. Helen, however, takes Jim’s side, and Charlie, speaking for the staff, threatens industrial action. In S18 E37, Harry is horrified when he returns to work to discover that the nurses are on strike. Although he manages to put the doctors’ rota back to normal, Charlie feels betrayed and writes his resignation letter. In S18 E38, Charlie feels increasingly disillusioned with hospital procedures and systems. Josh pleads with him not to abandon his career. Charlie gets a call from Canada informing him that Baz’s homeless project in Toronto is in danger of losing funding. They need to employ someone with nursing experience to keep it going. In S18 E39, Charlie decides to take a six-month sabbatical in Canada to work on Baz’s project – the staff bid him a fond farewell.

Charlie makes a cheerful New Year entrance in S19 E18 – unbeknown to him of the hospital explosion which resulted in Jim’s death. Charlie has decided to cut down on his hours, leaving Tess to carry on in his position. In S19 E19, Charlie mentions that he will be 50 next week. He asks Bex to organise a party for him – she relishes the idea. In S19 E20, Bex is busy organising Charlie’s 50th birthday and the theme is ‘Come dressed as you did when you were 18’. She is filling the reception with pictures of Charlie throughout the years. In S19 E22, Charlie receives a mysterious email from a woman asking to meet him at 4.30pm in the on-call room, to talk. He turns up and sees Harry there too. Selena arrives and asks where the two old men needing assistance are. Luke and Woody appear, laughing – Harry and Charlie realise they have been the victims of a practical joke. Next episode they try and get their revenge on the paramedics by pretending they need injections after getting parrot droppings on them. But their plan backfires. In S19 E28, Bex goes home early after being tormented by Claire. Selena and Charlie go and check on her to find her collapsed in the bathroom after a hypo. In S19 E29, Charlie asks Claire if she wants to take some time off. Claire is angry, thinking that Charlie wants her out of the way for Bex’s sake and storms out. Later, she interferes with a patient’s personal business and Charlie has stern words with her. He tells her to go somewhere to calm down and seriously consider his earlier offer. Selena treats a woman, Sandra, who has been suffering headaches and bad vision. Charlie correctly suggests her condition to be slow blindness caused from working in the cake business. In S19 E32, Charlie tries to intervene an argument between Claire and Bex, after it is revealed that Luke is going out with Claire. During the Pete’s court hearing, in S19 E35, Bex and Charlie turn up to hear Pete’s evidence. Charlie tells Luke that he should not be there with Claire, he says that Bex is being very courageous coming to hear Pete’s account of events and that as her ex-husband he should show some loyalty. In S19 E36, Charlie cannot find some patient records. Tess tells Charlie Sam destroyed the files when he was ill. Charlie cannot understand how this can have happened and clearly disapproves. But next episode, tells them he won’t take the matter further. In S19 E37, it’s the day of the verdict and Charlie worries Bex is getting her hopes too high. He’s right to be concerned when a ‘not guilty’ verdict is passed. In S19 E42, Pete is threatening Bex in an unused corridor of the hospital. In defence she pushes him down the stairs, and he falls to his death. Luke and Charlie discover them, and urge Bex to leave. in S19 E43, Luke begs Charlie to lie to the police about Bex’s involvement. He is reluctant but agrees. Claire has discovered CCTV footage showing Bex pushing Pete to his death and plans revenge. In S19 E48, Claire persuades Charlie and Luke to scatter Pete’s ashes with her by the sea. But she soon starts behaving erratically and demands to know what happened to her brother. Later, as they all get in the car to go home, Claire deliberately drives off the harbour and into the water. Luke manages to pull Charlie out of the water to safety, but Claire does not survive.

In S20 E6, Harry informs staff that Charlie has taken another sabbatical. He makes his return in S20 E17 when he attends the Trust’s hospital party with his girlfriend of four months, Helen. However, whilst there, he gets a call from the babysitter to say that Louis has gone missing. The couple head home but are involved in a tunnel collapse. Charlie tends to the injured and trapped in the tunnel. In S8 E11, Charlie is reunited with his son who was worried he had been killed like his mother. Meanwhile, Helen tells Charlie that she doesn’t think either he or Louis are ready for him to be in a relationship yet and they agree, although unfortunate, it would be best to split up. In S20 E23, Charlie is becoming suspicious of Bruno’s dodgy dealings. Next episode, Charlie starts an investigation which leads to his arrest. In S20 E27, Charlie tries to keep the Hepatitis B clinic open by handing out leaflets to prostitutes but gets into trouble with an angry pimp and is arrested by the police. Josh has to come to his rescue.In S20 E32, Charlie’s son Louis skips youth club to go to a bike park with his friend, Niall. However he is admitted after a skating accident causes him a leg injury. Louis takes a real shine to Maggie and after Niall teases him that his Dad is gay because he lives with Josh, Louis claims Maggie is his girlfriend. In S20 E33, Maggie gets a romantic email from a stranger. She asks Alice to find out who is behind it and is surprised by the answer – it’s Charlie. However when she subtly tries to broach the subject with him, she’s not convinced he knows what she’s talking about. In S20 E34, Maggie and Charlie arrange to go out on a date but soon realise they have been set up and that Louis is the culprit. In S20 E44, Nathan is on the warpath following his needle prick injury and blames Sam. Charlie is furious to find a tearful Sam packing up his locker and tells Nathan he is a bully.

In S21 E1, Charlie heads to Cambodia with colleagues Guppy, Abs and Comfort to assist Duffy in the opening of a new clinic. Charlie has his doubts about Duffy’s new boyfriend which doesn’t go down well with her and the pair argue. In S21 E2, after some heated arguments, Charlie and Duffy finally make peace whilst Charlie reveals his feelings for Maggie. In S21 E5, following his return from Cambodia, Charlie cancels a drink with Maggie when he learns from Kelsey about her romance with Somnang. Meanwhile he is involved in a tragic case involving a young boy who has accidentally killed his baby brother. In S21 E12, Charlie and Maggie are called out to assist at the scene where a homeless woman has become trapped. Later Maggie agrees to go out on a date with Charlie and Josh looks after Louis. Louis, a handful, falls over and cuts his face. Josh tries to help him but spiteful Louis lies to Charlie, saying that Josh hit him. In S21 E13, Charlie is still angry with Josh after believing Louis and fails to back him up with a patient’s case. In S21 E14, Louis visits Charlie at the hospital and runs into Josh. The two men argue because Josh refuses to apologise for hitting Louis. Harsh words are exchanged and Charlie tells Josh to leave. Following Josh’s stabbing, Charlie heads to see him in S21 E16. Whilst Louis confesses to his father that Josh didn’t hit him. Charlie tells Josh they should waste no more time arguing. At Ellen’s funeral in S21 E17, Charlie persuades Josh to do something pro-active with his time off from work. In S21 E18, Charlie finds Harry upset in his office and takes him up to the hospital roof for a chat. In S21 E29, Charlie has an emotional reunion with former nurse Megan, who comes into Holby with her ill grandson.

Love Interests

  • Baz
  • Karen O’Malley
  • Valerie Sinclair
  • Trish Baynes
  • Zoe Garrard
  • Jan Goddard
  • Helen
  • Maggie Caldwell
  • Duffy

Memorable Moments

  • S5 E13 – As Megan is held hostage, Charlie goes to help, but is shot in the chest; the team battle to save him.
  • S7 E22 – Charlie has a nervous breakdown at the end of the episode, Duffy tries to comfort him.
  • S11 E1 – Birth of Charlie’s baby, Louis.
  • S12 E25/ S12 E26 – Baz and Charlie’s wedding.
  • S14 E30 – Charlie collapses with a pulmonary embolism after being chased by Leona.
  • S15 E6 – Charlie and Patrick deliver Leona’s baby.
  • S16 E3 – Charlie meets Jan at a supper club.
  • S17 E31 – Charlie bids farewell to Duffy.
  • S18 E16 – Charlie and Baz rekindle their love in Lapland.
  • S18 E18 – Baz dies leaving Charlie distraught.
  • S18 E36 – Charlie threatens industrial action.
  • S19 E48 – Suicidal Claire ploughs her car, with Charlie and Luke inside, into the harbour.
  • S20 E17 – Charlie and Helen become trapped after a tunnel collapse.
  • S21 E1/ S21 E2 – Charlie is reunited with Duffy in Cambodia.
  • S21 E14 – Harsh words are exchanged by Charlie and Josh following allegations Josh hit Louis.
  • S21 E29 – Charlie is pleased to see former nurse Megan when she comes into Holby with her grandson
  • S24 E47 – Charlie is with Megan when she chooses to die by euthanasia.
  • S29 E4 – Charlie comes under pressure from Tess to take retirement.
  • S29 E31 – Charlie gets a call from Louis’ girlfriend in Romania saying he needs help.
  • S29 E32 – Charlie and Connie head to Romania to help his drug addict son Louis.
  • S29 E33 – Charlie returns from Romania and wonders if he killed a drug dealer.
  • S29 E35 – Charlie struggles when Louis is brought in after an overdose.
  • S29 E36 – Charlie locks Louis in a room to help him go cold turkey.
  • S29 E38 – Charlie threatens to inject himself unless Louis gets help.
  • S29 E43 – Louis falls of the wagon and is brought in to the ED suffering from DVT.
  • S29 E46 – Charlie refuses to give Louis money for a flat deposit. Later a fight erupts between Louis and Max and the wedding reception leading to a fire.
  • S30 E1 – Charlie suffers a heart attack and his old friend Duffy visits him.
  • S30 E2 – Charlie’s condition worsens but the team battle to save him.
  • S30 E8 – Charlie returns to work and helps a grieving man and his daughter.
  • S30 E14 – Charlie offers to help Cal track down his birth mother whilst also keeping Ethan in the dark.
  • S30 E37 – Elle finds Big Mac’s stolen pills in Charlie’s locker who ends up suspended when he refuses to reveal Big Mac as the thief.
  • S30 E43 – The team prepare for Charlie’s 30th Anniversary.
  • S31 E1 – Charlie’s Anniversary party is overshadowed by tragedy when a helicopter crashes into the department.
  • S31 E5 – Charlie attends an old school reunion.
  • S31 E11 – Charlie and Duffy share their first kiss.
  • S31 E14 – Charlie and Duffy declare their love for eachother but things get complicated when Duffy’s husband Ryan turns up.
  • S31 E15 – Duffy rebuffs Ryan’s request for a reunion and decides she wants to be with Charlie and proposes to him.
  • S31 E20 – Duffy regrets asking Charlie to arrange the wedding. He eventually realises it needs to be more low key.
  • S31 E21 – Charlie and Duffy get married. He makes it to the altar just in time following his arrest.
  • S31 E23 – Charlie and Duffy return from their honeymoon with a bump.
  • S32 E6 – Charlie and Josh face the consequences of a heavy night out.
  • S32 E22 – Charlie’s plans to wine and dine Duffy for their anniversary falls short of the mark.
  • S32 E31 – Charlie takes over as clinical nurse manager following resignation from the post. Duffy is already missing her husband, as he’s going to work earlier and coming home later.
  • S32 E35 – Duffy is feeling neglected as Charlie seems wedded to his stressful new job.

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Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin

Played by Cathy Shipton

Appearance

S1 E1 ‘Gas’ – S8 E13 ‘The Good Life’; S12 E25 ‘Everlasting Love’ – S17 E31 ‘The Point of No Return’; S21 E1/S21 E2 ‘Different Worlds’; S30 E1S30 E2, S30 E39; S31 E1 – S34 E22

Job Title

Charge Nurse/ Midwife / Agency Nurse/ Sister

First Words

(to Susie Mercier) What have you done to it this time?

Family

Married Andrew Bower (m.1993-2001); Ryan Johnson (div.2016); Charlie Fairhead (m.2017). Has three children Peter, Jake and Paul (all with Andrew Bower). Mother, Kate Duffin.

Background

In the early years, Cathy described Duffy as a ‘faceless nurse with a bedpan’. She was newly qualified, with a strong country accent, care free, with an interest in astrology, yo-yo diets, gossiping and trying to pass her driving test. But she was always shown to be a tough, determined woman (eg. when she held a demonstration for the hospital). She was always cheerful, until she was raped in S1E11 – she didn’t go to the police, but regretted it. She confides in Megan, and the team help her through her ordeal.

In S2E2, the past catches up with her, when she recognises the man who raped her, when he is brought in after being stabbed – he dies, and she is not sad. Duffy’s first boyfriend is Peter, who ends up being HIV, she leaves him. Later she finds out from his sister that he has died in a car crash. Charlie helps her to visit his graveside, so that she can come to terms with it.

In Series 4, she is promoted to Sister, she is tough on junior staff. She is dating Dr Andrew Bower, and in S4E4 finds out she is pregnant. He is shocked, but happy – but she tells him she doesn’t love him and will bring the baby up on her own.By Series 5, Duffy’s had a baby boy, Peter – she finds being a single Mum hard, and has childminding problems, and is even forced in S5E8 to bring Peter into work.In Series 6, she has to cope with the suicide of student nurse, Kelly Liddle – she feels responsible, for pushing her too far. Meanwhile her new boyfriend, Paul Slator, pushes her into leaving nursing, but she refuses and leaves him.

In Series 7, she fears she has cervical cancer, but after a long wait, tests come back negative.

By S17E13, Duffy gets in touch with Andrew, and in S7E16 he gets a job as Locum Consultant in Holby A&E and meets his son. They rekindle their romance, and reveal to be getting married in S7E24.

In Series 8, Duffy is happily married and announces her second pregnancy, she leaves on S8E13.

Duffy returns four years later, at the end of Series 12, for Baz and Charlie’s wedding. She comes alone, and reveals her marriage problems to Charlie and her fears that Andrew has had an affair.

She returns to Holby A&E in Series 13, as an agency nurse, but applies for a full time position, which she gets – Charlie is glad to have his old friend back in the team.In Series 14, Duffy finds out that Adam is applying to be a nurse, but is also HIV. In Ep.5, she tells him of her experiences of HIV, but that she isn’t happy about the strength of the department being jeopardised by having a HIV nurse on the team. In Ep.6, Duffy complains to Max that her car isn’t working properly – he offers to look at it for her. But when he does, decides to call out a mechanic instead. When he later gives her back her keys, saying she owes him a drink – she tells him she knows he didn’t do the work himself. Adam does well to help out a patient but says that although he was good, there’s a difference between helping out and becoming a full-time staff member. In Ep.7, Duffy gives Chloe advice, after she decides to have an abortion. Duffy tells Max she owes him a meal after getting her car fixed – he asks if Andrew will mind. She remarks its his turn to baby sit. In Ep.8, Adam starts his first day as a nurse – Duffy tells him she’s not as prejudiced as he thinks but to make sure he’s careful. In Ep.10, Duffy is interviewed for the post of Sister by Charlie and Max. Charlie tells Max not to give her any preferential treatment just because she’s an inside candidate; Max is offended. Max is then deliberately harder on her in the interview. Duffy visits him later to question his behaviour – he says he didn’t want Charlie to think he was biased, but that she’d got the job anyway. He also wanted to make Charlie think there was nothing between them, she questions him about their ‘relatonship’ and they end up kissing on Max’s desk – Charlie spots them through the office windows. Next episode Charlie is sharp with both of them. Max wants to see Duffy more and she tells Andrew that she has to work late. In Ep12, Max wants to see her again, but she tries to remind him that she’s married. She then asks Charlie if she got the Sister job on merit – he says she should know him better than that and remarks that he’s adept at separating the professional from the personal – Duffy realises he knows about her and Max. Charlie reminds her about what she’s doing and that she is married with children, and could lose everything. Max turns up with tickets to a concert – she turns him down saying she has to go to her family. Later, Charlie apologises to her but says he only said something because he cares about her as a friend. In Ep.13, Max asks Duffy out for a drink, again she refuses and says she wants to end it before it gets to complicated. Max angrily confronts Charlie. In Ep.15, Max has been avoiding her – she asks him if he will stop, otherwise it’ll make working together hard and asks that he apologises to Charlie. In Ep.18, after a New Year shift, Charlie asks Duffy is she wants to get dinner. Her look tells him no and they both smile. They joke about being another year older but no wiser, just more sensible. Duffy kisses Charlie quickly before heading off. In Ep.19, Duffy is annoyed when she finds out Tina is now dating Max and confronts her. But they all pull together for support when Max’s son is killed.

In Series 15, Duffy is struggling to cope in A&E without Charlie, who has been off after suffering a pulmonary embolism. She also decides to employ ex-alcoholic Spencer as a Health Service Assistant. Next episode, Charlie is back at work – Duffy is worried about his health. In Ep.3, Charlie confides in Duffy that his son is going to Canada to be with Baz. In Ep.10, Duffy comes back to work after a romantic weekend away with her husband, but is reeling from his shock announcement that he’s returning to work at Holby A&E – and she was the last to know. In Ep.11, Duffy tries to keep her 40th birthday quiet but Charlie has other ideas. He arranges a surprise birthday party for her at the pub. In Ep.12, Andrew joins the team – he makes a good impression but Duffy is not keen on his appearance at A&E. In Ep.14, Duffy confides in Colette that she thinks she may be pregnant. She’s worried how Andrew will take the news. Next episode when she takes a day off sick – Andrew has no idea that she is suffering morning sickness – Colette does her best to cover for her. In Ep.16, Duffy is sure that Andrew will be horrified at the news of her pregnancy. Then she has to work with Andrew on a 6 months pregnant woman who has been in a car accident. Andrews’s sensitivity makes Duffy believe he will feel positive towards her pregnancy and decides to break the news – but his reaction is not what she had hoped for. In Ep.20, she tells him she will have the baby no matter what. Andrew’s attempts to smooth things over, make it worse. In Ep.26, Colette finds Duffy in the toilets losing blood, worried she’s had a miscarriage However next episode, she is in a ward – Andrew visits her and says the incident has made him realise that he wants the baby too. In Ep.31, Duffy learns that Andrew has chosen to work in another hospital after turning down the Consultancy post at Holby. Although initially hostile towards him she discovers he’s putting their marriage first for once and is overjoyed. In Ep32, it’s Duffy’s last day before she goes on maternity leave and it appears her and Andrew have worked out all their differences. In Ep.36, Holly has gone missing and her stalker Tom is believed to be around. Andrew goes to his car to fetch something but bumps into Tom – Tom then pushes him down the steps. He is taken into CRASH where he dies. Charlie tells a heavily pregnant Duffy the heartbreaking news.

In Series 16, in Ep.1, Charlie visits widower Duffy at home with her two sons, Jake and Peter, when she unexpectedly goes into labour. She refuses to go to hospital because Andrew died there and Charlie is forced to deliver her baby boy, with some complications. In Ep.5, Duffy comes in with her new baby boy, Paul. She is miffed to find things are running smoothly, with Colette in her place. In Ep.10, Duffy is welcomed back with flowers by the team. She is late, stressed and not happy with Colette, who has made changes in her absence. Charlie’s friend Leona comes in with her baby daughter, Charlie – Duffy is concerned about the welfare of her baby. She also advises a father, whose young son accidentally shot his mother dead. Later Duffy breaks down infront of Charlie, as she misses Andrew – Charlie comforts her and says he will be there for her. In Ep.11, Duffy is miffed she didn’t know about Jan and Charlie’s relationship. In Ep.12, she tries to persuade parents to go ahead with their daughter’s operation for her appendix. In Ep.13, an old colleague, Susan Crown, of Duffy’s, causes a stir when she refuses to help out in certain A&E procedures. She also tries to persuade Duffy to do agency nursing. In Ep.15, a young boy, Scott, is brought in by his mother after he breaks his arm, after falling of stage for the dress rehearsal of his nativity play. Duffy treats him and Scott reveals that it was Duffy’s son, Jake, that pushed him off stage. Duffy talks to Jake when he arrives in A&E, who upsetly tells her Scott was making fun of him about his father’s death. Charlie comforts Duffy who is concerned her family aren’t coping. In Ep.19, Duffy stands up for Anna, when Locum Consultant Philippa bullies her. In Ep.21, Duffy arrives in late, and is then called away when her babysitting mother calls in unwell. Duffy tries to flag a taxi outside – but hairdresser, Viv, pushes her aside and takes the taxi. The taxi driver ends up attacking Viv. Duffy, forced to bring baby Paul into work, receives a warning from Jan but shouts back she had no choice, that the hospital should have a crèche and that the only reason she doesn’t do agency nursing is to loyalty of the staff. Max, has a go at her too, until she breaks down in tears – after thinking it could have been her on a hospital bed not Viv. In Ep.37, Duffy, on her way to her Mum’s to drop of baby Paul, before her shift, nearly runs over a confused pregnant woman, Melanie. It is clear she has been raped, and Duffy brings her in. Lara and Duffy treat her, and Lara decides to call the police, ready incase she wishes to make a statement. Lara urges Melanie to get help when she admits her husband raped her, but she refuses and Duffy accuses Lara of becoming too emotionally involved.

Memorable Moments

  • S1 E11 – Moving episode in which Duffy suffers a rape ordeal.
  • S7 E24 – Being comforted by Charlie after the hospital fire, saying ‘This is the end for Holby!’
  • S8 E13 – Duffy’s farewell – Charlie and her have been arguing all shift, but they make up at the end and jokes that she will call her new baby Charlie.
  • S12 E25 – Duffy returns after 4 years to attend Charlie’s wedding.
  • S13 E4 – Duffy returns to Holby City as an agency nurse
  • S14 E10 – Duffy and Max kiss in his office.
  • S15 E11 – Duffy celebrates her 40th birthday.
  • S15 E26 – Duffy suffers a miscarriage scare.
  • S16 E1 – Charlie delivers Duffy’s baby at home.
  • S17 E31 – Duffy leaves for a new life in New Zealand with Ryan.
  • S21 E1/S21 E2 – Duffy is back for a two part special in Cambodia, and is reunited with old friend Charlie.
  • S30 E1 / S30 E2 – Duffy returns as an agency nurse and visits Charlie who had had a heart attack.
  • S30 E39 – Duffy makes another surprise return to Holby and impresses the staff.
  • S31 E1 – Duffy is all hands on deck after a helicopter crashes into the department during Charlie’s anniversary celebrations.
  • S31 E2 – Duffy decides to take a permanent position which thrills Charlie.
  • S31 E5 – Duffy goes with Charlie to attend an old school reunion.
  • S31 E11 – After delivering her daughter in law’s baby, Charlie and Duffy share their first kiss.
  • S31 E14 – Charlie and Duffy declare their love for eachother but things get complicated when Duffy’s husband Ryan turns up.
  • S31 E15 – Duffy rebuffs Ryan’s request for a reunion and decides she wants to be with Charlie and proposes to him.
  • S31 E20 – Duffy regrets asking Charlie to arrange the wedding. He eventually realises it needs to be more low key.
  • S31 E21 – Charlie and Duffy get married. He makes it to the altar just in time following his arrest.
  • S31 E23 – Charlie and Duffy return from their honeymoon with a bump.
  • S31 E26 – Duffy celebrates her 56th birthday – though some of the staff think it’s her 60th!
  • S31 E44 – Duffy shows two work experience students round the department.

Love Interests

  • Peter
  • Paul Slator
  • Andrew Bower
  • Ryan Johnson
  • Charlie Fairhead

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Josh Griffiths

Played by Ian Bleasdale

Appearance

S4 E1 ‘Chain Reaction’ – S22 E10 ‘Finding the Words’

Job Title

Paramedic

First Words

Can you hear me love? Just listen to what I’m saying, can you hear me? Alright..

Background

Dependable Josh Griffiths is the kind of paramedic anyone would love to have care for them in an emergency, he is highly trained and intelligent, and his quick thinking has helped saved countless lives over the years, and his patience and dedication have helped him train and get on well with his paramedic partners. Josh is also funny, good humoured and sensitive, however after everything that has happened to him in his life, although it doesn’t show, he feels things deeply. Josh has had his tragedy in life; he was devoted to his wife, Helen, his daughter and son whom was wheelchair bound with cystic fibrosis – however their lives were cut short in a house fire in S11 E20 – what made it worse was Josh was on call, and arrived at the scene to the devastation.

Josh’s first episode, S4 E1, sees just the kind of horrific things he has to witness; in this episode a car has collided with a lorry full of toxic chemical drums on the motorway, and he is at the scene. A policeman dies after falling into a pool of acid. Dealing with relatives is also an important part to the job, which is shown in S5 E10; when Josh is called to a farmhouse to find an elderly patient already dead; but his crazed son is menacing them with a butcher’s knife. Josh, and Lily, have to pretend the patient is still alive, until they can get into the ambulance and speed off. He even has trouble getting patients to hospital, an extreme case in S6 E13, where Josh and Jane have trouble enticing a mentally ill man, who has spilled hot fat onto himself, into the ambulance. In S6 E15, Josh also has to deal with the many casualties after a major plane crash, which puts Holby on red alert.

In S7 E2, Josh is off-duty, when he comes across an RTA, in which a young motorcyclist has fallen off his bike. While Josh calls for help, an interfering GP removes the boy’s crash helmet, putting his spinal cord at risk – Josh is furious, confronting the GP, and thinks of telling the boy’s father. In S7 E15, Josh and Jane are busy at Christmas, they call to a house where a wife has stabbed her alcoholic and abusing husband. As they bring him in, a young homeless girl – who Rob earlier discharged – runs infront of the ambulance, causing it to swerve and hit a lamp post. The stabbed man dies, and an upset Jane has whiplash injuries – Josh tries to cheer her up in her cubicle. In S7 E18, it’s Jane who comforts Josh, when he is injured, after a mentally ill man who has tried to kill himself, tries to strangle Josh when he arrives at the scene. Josh’s wife arrives too, and treats Jane jealously. In S7 E23, two young boys steal a security van not realising it is carrying radioactive isotopes. When they crash, the isotopes are scattered. With Josh and Jane unwittingly contaminated – they are forced to strip and shower in casualty. And in the final episode S7 E24, Josh faces a tough time bringing in casualties after a riot on an estate, which leads to youths arsoning the hospital.

In S8 E1, Josh is called out to a major accident of a train crash; there are many casualties, some of whom are trapped in the wreckage, which doesn’t give him an easy time. Nest episode S8 E2, strong winds at Holby lead the staff to face a busy time. A family are involved in an RTA, but hampered by the storm, Josh and Jane are unable to reach the scene in time to save a woman’s life. SHO Karen who was at the scene, takes it out on them, which doesn’t please Josh. After Jane decides to get a job in management, Josh has a new partner, Brian, in S8 E10, but finds it difficult working with him. In S8 E14, Josh is called out to a backpacker, who has been stung in the throat by a bee; he is too ill to be moved and Josh is forced to take instructions via radio from Mike on how to cut a hole in the patient’s windpipe. In S8 E21, Josh faces a busy shift, he and paramedic Lucy, are sent to take an old man back to his flat at the top of a high rise block – he lift is broken, and they are forced to carry him all the way up. They next arrive at the home of an Italian woman who claims that her son has hit his head. Josh finds nothing seriously wrong but takes him to A&E anyway. In casualty, Mike notices the mother is ill herself, with a heart condition. Later a girl, who has injected drugs, is brought in by paramedics Eric and Chris. In the ambulance she becomes hysterical and runs away. Josh and Lucy take a call to an unconscious girl – the runaway drug addict. At Holby she claims that Josh sexually assaulted her. Josh is at first suspended, until she then switches her allegation to Eric; Josh is cleared.

In S9, Josh is now a motorcycle paramedic, who provides assistance until the ambulance arrives. In S9 E8 a coal mine tunnel collapses crushing a man’s legs. Josh arrives, and while another man calls for Mines Rescue, another section of the tunnel collapses, trapping Josh and the patient, Duncan, for three hours. Josh is moved, when Duncan dies, as he is moved to the ambulance. In S9 E10, Josh returns to ambulance work, with a new partner, Liz. Their first call is to a fight at a rugby match.

In S10 E3, Liz is held knifepoint by a clinically depressed man. Josh delays calling the police to try and talk to him. The man tries to molest Liz; she feels betrayed by Josh. And in S10 E7, Josh and Liz have to search frantically for a baby, who was kidnapped by a suicidal woman, who’s own baby died. In S10 E16, there is a bogus paramedic on the loose. Josh and Liz are appalled to discover that an boy is critically ill, after the paramedic injects him with adrenalin, and it was a call out they were given an inaccurate location for.

In S11 E3, Mike Barratt and Charlie go out by helicopter to perform an emergency operation on a mountain ledge. Josh, scheduled for a place on the helicopter scheme, is pleased with the success of this latest helicopter operation. Next episode he has to deal with a violent drug addict, they alert the police as he searches for drugs. In S11 E7, Josh and Liz rescue a girl involved in an accident in the middle of nowhere. Mike talks Josh through doing a chest drain by telephone, however back in resus the girl dies. And in S11 E9, Josh and Liz rescue two girls by helicopter, after their caravan crashes. In S11 E20, Josh and Liz get an emergency call out to a fire at Josh’s address. His wife and son die, and they rush his daughter to A&E, where staff battle to save her, but fail. Josh is devastated. Next episode, although off work, he comes in to ask Baz how much pain they would have suffered. Baz tries to comfort him. In S11 E22, he returns to work, although Liz is unsure if he is ready. In S11 E24, after Jude’s stabbing, Josh is extremely shaky when called out to a man with a clot in his leg. He loses his temper, and Liz later confronts him, saying she thinks he needs counselling. Josh breaks down.

In S12 E1, Josh helps delivers a baby in his ambulance. In S12 E12, it’s Liz’s last day, which Josh finds hard to accept. It is only when Liz puts her life on the line to save a woman and her son from almost certain death at the hands of a violently possessive husband that Josh realises he must let go and allow Liz to move on. in S12 E16, Josh risks life and limb to rescue a boy called Liam from a fire. His father dies, and his fiancée thinks Liam started the fire deliberately. Josh, only too aware of being left alone as a result of fire, forms a close bond with Liam and promises to look out for him. In S12 E19, Penny is disapproving of Josh’s intent to help Liam. In S12 E21, unhappy Liam tries to get Josh’s attention with 999 hoax calls. Despite his anger, Josh agrees to arrange a 5-a-side football match to raise money for the children’s home. The charity match in S12 E23 is a success, but they do not make up all the money; Josh quietly makes up the difference. In S12 E24, Liam gives Josh an adoption leaflet. Penny reveals her understanding, as she was fostered herself, but tells Josh he must put things straight with Liam.

In S13 E6, a teenager Eugene is discharged by Sean, while Josh is at the bookies he discovers Eugene, having a cardiac arrest. Josh and Penny take him in, but he dies. Josh is showing signs of problems when in S13 E11, he asks Duffy for a loan. In S13 E15, Josh is upset when his date stands him up. Josh is found to have a gambling problem, and in S13 E20, Penny is pleased when Josh phones Gamblers Anonymous for help, in S13 E23 Penny drives him to his first meeting. In S13 E24, Josh and Penny arrive at a housing estate, due to close, to help two teenagers, Becky and David. Becky is trapped under rubble, and as David goes to an ambulance, the floor collapses, taking Josh, Penny and Becky with it, trapping them underground. Eventually the fire brigade manages to save them. In S13 E27, after a bank raid goes wrong, Josh, along with George, are taken hostage. They are found next episode, in woodlands, safe and well.

In S14 E1, a boat carrying radioactive waste crashes into a harbour wall, Josh and Penny arrive to help; Penny falls in and Josh looks on in horror. Penny is saved next episode by a diver. In S14 E7, Penny finds another paramedic Mike moonlighting as a taxi driver; Josh confronts him. Later they are called to an RTA and are horrified to discover the victim is Mike, who later dies. In S14 E9, a film crew are shadowing Josh and Penny. Amongst their calls, include a man who dies at his 50th birthday; his son angrily tries to attack Josh. In S14 E16, Josh and Penny carry out a daring rescue after a woman drives her car off a cliff. In S14 E17, they are called out to a remote farmhouse, where a man has suffered a hypoglycemic attack. Not only do they find they have no drugs, but they have trouble starting the ambulance. In S14 E19, another bogus paramedic is causing havoc. He causes a mum in a shopping centre’s condition to worsen by injecting her with penicillin. Josh and Penny arrive, while the man is still there, and call the police.

In S15 E5, Josh and Mel are called to a quarry, where a teenager has fallen. A landslide engulfs both Josh and the teenager’s cousin Mikey, next episode we learn they have survived. In S15 E8 Josh and Fin are called out to a farmhouse where a councillor has been stabbed. His wife and son tell them an intruder was responsible, but they soon realise it was the son after years of abuse the councilor caused his wife. In S15 E9, Patrick spends a shift with Josh and Fin, and learns a lot about the job of a paramedic. One of their patients being an old man who dies in an RTA. In S15 E22, Josh and Penny face a difficult situation, when they are called to a multi storey where a man has sustained nasty injuries after a fall. His brother, who pushed him, threatens to jump if he dies – but won’t let him go to hospital. Josh and Penny try to convince him he is still alive, and is later arrested. In S15 E23, Josh and other staff are en-route to another hospital when a teenager rushes out infront of them causing them to crash. He tells Josh is partner has gone into labour. Josh stays with the patient in the ambulance who later dies, while Fin is forced to deliver a baby. Josh and nurse Colette become attracted to eachother, and Penny is worried about Josh getting hurt. Their relationship is slow to take off when one date is interrupted by her interfering mother, and at the end of the series when Colette is forced to come clean about her estranged daughter.

In S16 E1, Josh is driving to a call out, jumping a red light, he crashes with a car and the ambulance is left hanging precariously over a railway bridge. Fin and new tecnician Nikki manage to clamber out, but Josh’s foot is stuck and is luckily plucked to safety only moments before the ambulance plunges onto the railway track. The teenager, Danny, in the other car dies, Josh is shell shocked. Nikki believes he was driving too fast, and the police are called to take statements. Next episode, Sergeant Rachel James questions Josh about the accident, but despite provocation he gives little away. Nikki, Fin and their boss Jeff are all questioned, and Josh is given time off and removed from driving duties. Josh confronts the dead teenager’s sister, who is furious when she finds out the truth involving the circumstances of his death. In S16 E6, Josh attends an inquest into Danny’s death. Under cross-examination, Josh cracks and admits he feels guilty about what happened and that he must have been driving carelessly. The jury give a verdict of ‘Accidental Death’, but outside the court, he says he can no longer wear his uniform with pride and offers his resignation. In S16 E9, Josh is on sick leave, carrying out his notice. He spends his time doing DIY, and out side a hardware store, helps a young woman, Joanna, fix her car. Later he goes in to hand his uniform in, and is persuaded by Nikki to come to work, as they are short staffed. Reluctantly, he agrees and they go to a shout of a car crash, where he is shocked to find it’s Joanna. She is unable to be saved, but Josh stays with her till the very end, talking to her and she thanks him, before dying. He tells Colette it has made him to decide to return to work. Next episode, he thanks Colette for helping to persuade him to go back. In S16 E13, Josh steps in when a father threatens Colette in the relatives room – he later proposes to her outside of A&E, and she accepts. In S16 E14, on the eve of Josh and Colette’s wedding, while Colette spends a civil evening at a restaurant with friends – Josh is left tied to a lamp post in his boxer shorts. The next day, their wedding is forced to be put on hold when Colette’s estranged daughter suffers complications during labour. In S16 E15, Josh is beginning to think his relationship with Colette is cursed, while Charlie sets on a surprise mission to get them married in the hospital that day. Problems occur when the vicar is delayed and Duffy discovers that a man in reception dressed as a vicar is not a real vicar. Eventually the real vicar shows up and carries out the ceremony before the couple are whisked off on honeymoon. In S16 E25, Josh and Comfort are called to an obese man with suspected stomach pains. Josh believes him to be faking, as he has previously been taken to A&E only to make a miraculous discover – just so as to get a lift to his social club nearby. Josh ends up teaching him a lesson by planning to give him an enema and the man admits finally admits nothing is wrong with him. Josh is also involved in a near-disaster, when him and Comfort discover a man in their ambulance is an arsonist. In S16 E27, Josh is in A&E to undergo some refresher training. Colette is amused when he has to help a patient with urine retention. In S16 E39, Josh tells Nikki in her appraisal that she’s not pulling her weight. Upset she plans her resignation, but Josh rips up her notice, saying he won’t let her go that easily. Next episode she tries to take initiative on a case which ends up in her being stabbed. He blames himself.

In S17 E1, three months after Nikki’s stabbing, Josh tells Nikki of Jack’s spontaneous marriage proposal at her bedside. They are also called to the derelict building, where she was injured, which brings back memories. In S7 E3, Josh and Nikki take a call to an angina sufferer, who is stuck in a freezer. Nikki wants to use a procedure that Josh feels is too risky. He gives in, but the patient’s condition worsen, which they end up realising was due to a different problem. Josh and Colette also discuss their recent marriage difficulties. In S17 E4, Josh and Fin take a call to a woman who has hurt her ankle. As they carry her down many flights of stairs, Josh nearly loses his balance and is upset when Fin calls for back up. He is also less than happy when he catches Simon and Colette practising dance moves. In S17 E7, Josh is still frosty towards Colette and is angered after Simon confronts him after Colette has discussed their marriage problems with him. Next episode, he is still annoyed and also discusses his health fears with Fin. Josh is also hit by a road rage driver and a teenager, who pretends to have taken an overdose, confides in him. In S17 E9, Josh goes to the medical centre and discovers he is suffering the male menopause. Colette finds out from Fin and is relieved at his predicament. In S17 E11, Josh asks Colette about starting a family, she is not happy at his suggestion. On a shout, Josh witnesses a car roll into the river with a child onboard. He dives into the river to save the boy. In S17 E12, problems are still rife between Colette and Josh, since he asked about starting a family. He confides in Charlie. He is also annoyed when Nikki carries out a procedure she is not allowed to do as a technician, but covers for her. In S17 E13, Josh gets involved in a case where a father has lost his wife and two children. Meanwhile, Colette takes Simon to a charity auction instead. Josh picks her up as she is about to go for drinks with him. In S17 E15, Colette is disillusions when Josh again fails to turn up, this time for the Christmas party. She ends up sleeping with Simon. Meanwhile, Josh has become trapped in a car with a mentally ill man – which ends up crashing outside A&E. He escapes just before the car explodes. In S17 E17, a guilty Colette, who had previously confided in Comfort that her marriage was over – tells Josh she is leaving him. He’s heartbroken and shocked. In S17 E26, Josh takes over as Operational Duty Manager. One of his first tasks is to take control of a situation where colleagues of a retired doctor who has collapsed has prevented Fin from being able to treat him. In S17 E28, Josh discovers Colette is pregnant (but not that it is not his). He is ecstatic but she is adamant nothing has changed between them. In S17 E36, Colette awaits test results to find out about her baby’s abnormalities. Josh arrives, just as the doctor tells them that neither of them carry the abnormal gene. Bitterly upset, Josh leaves and ends up throwing all her belongings in the street. In S17 E37, Josh bursts in on a conversation between Colette and Simon and an argument erupts. Later, Colette suffers stomach pains and loses her baby – Josh decides to be by her side. Next episode, Colette decides to leave A&E as she is unable to work with both Josh and Simon. Comfort tries to reconcile Josh and Colette. He overcomes his pride to tell her he still loves her, but she says it’s too late and she can’t forgive herself for what she has put him through. As she leaves, Josh pays Simon a visit to tell him he will ruin his life at the first opportunity. In S17 E39, Josh is displeased with Simon’s treatment of a boy at a crash scene. He speaks to Harry about Simon’s incompetence, while Simon is convinced he is just out for revenge.

In S18 E1, After a train crash disaster, fire chief Mike Bateman and Josh take care of the situation as ambulance and buses arrive at the embankment. In S18 E4, Comfort is not dealing with the emotional aftermath of the train crash very well. Eventually, she admits to Josh that her experiences at the crash are affecting her work and he signs her off. In S18 E5, Lara and Luke are attending a photo shoot for the launch of the RRU (Rapid Response Unit) when they are interrupted by a call out to a road accident. They disagree about how the situation should be handled but the decision is taken out of their hands when they are called to another incident. Lara is aggrieved at leaving the woman casualty but promises her that she will be safe in Josh’s capable hands. But Lara is furious when Josh’s decision appears to have caused more damage. Despite having just received divorce proceedings from Colette, Josh calms Lara down with his normal professionalism and explains his decision. In S18 E6, when Josh learns that Colette has moved on, he and Charlie go AWOL for the afternoon. Friends for 16 years, the two reminisce over a pint and Josh tries his hand at karaoke. In S18 E9, Josh is ready to start photographing for the calendar and is speechless when Nikki takes off her top, positioning the defibrillator pads over her breasts. Other staff create similarly raunchy poses until Lord Lichfield offers to shoot the pictures himself. Josh graciously admits that professional ones would be better. In S18 E12, Jim is in an ecstatic mood – Nikki has accepted his proposal after a heart-to-heart with Josh. In S18 E31, as Josh and Luke are leaving a bogus call, a man, Greg appears from the back of the ambulance, holding a gun and demanding the key to the drugs box. In the ensuing struggle, Greg is shot in the stomach. In S18 E32, Josh has to suspend Luke pending the enquiry and inquest into the gun incident. Josh assures Luke it is standard procedure but Luke is unable to fully believe this. In S18 E37, Nikki, Josh and Lara are caught up in a robbery at a jewellers. In S18 E39, it is the day of Luke’s inquest. Josh sticks to his story and claims that drug addict Greg was holding the gun before it went off. The coroner returns a verdict of accidental death. In S18 E41, Josh’s date with Caroline turns into a disaster when he forgets to turn the bathroom tap off and the ceiling collapses on them. Comfort and Nina arrive at the scene and Nina is rude to Josh before she realises he is her boss. Josh is upset when Caroline leaves and it’s obvious she will not be back. In S18 E42, Josh is miserable after last week’s disastrous date. When Caroline brings him a present, he asks her for another night out. She declines and says she does not think he is ready for a relationship at the moment. In S18 E43, Comfort tells Josh about Nina’s rule-breaking last week. Josh reprimands Nina, telling her she must work as part of the team. Josh is staying in a noisy B&B and finding it hard to sleep. When Jim tells Josh he can stay with him, Josh is grateful and says he will be there no more than a week. In S18 E44, the puppy Jim ordered for his daughter’s birthday arrives a day early. With no-one to look after it, Jim is forced to take the puppy into work and leaves it in an empty room all day. Josh and Nina later find the puppy unconscious – it has choked on some tissue. Nina helps Josh to save it and the two decide to put their differences aside.

In S19 E7, Kate’s boyfriend turns up at work and threatens Luke, pushing him to the ground. Josh scares him off but warns Luke to stay away from Kate, or he could end up getting hurt. In S19 E8, Fin is still missing and Comfort is frantic with worry. When a patient leaves his jacket in Josh’s ambulance he finds Fin’s penknife in a pocket; the boy says he found it near the railway line. Comfort overhears Josh telling the police and insists that they go there. A number of police cars arrive at the scene, who tell Comfort they have found a body that matches Fin’s description. In S19 E14, Luke and Nina are called to attend a man who is trapped in a sauna, it transpires that he is Woody – the new paramedic due to start on that day. Caroline from Orthopaedics comes down with clothes for Woody – she is his mother. Josh gives Woody a warning for not turning up to work. Caroline, who previously went on a date with Josh, asks not to be too harsh on him. In S19 E20, Comfort’s suffers stomach pains and Tess rushes her to Harry. Josh arrives at the hospital after Sam tells him Comforts’ news. Josh is angry at Tess for not telling him Comfort was pregnant. She loses the baby. In S19 E27, the episode focuses on Josh and his team as they go about their day’s work. Amongst the emergencies include a jet ski crashing into scaffolding at Holby Docks. An elderly man, Arthur, has his legs trapped under the boat. His wife, Sheila, is inside and, endangering his own life, he demands a paramedic go inside the boat to check she is safe. Nina finds her having an MI. Josh has no alternative but to order technician Nina to administers drugs to Sheila. It is the first time she has done this and Josh talks her through it from outside the building they are trapped in. Nina is nervous about doing it but does and saves the womans life. However, when they eventually release Arthur from the boat, his condition deteriorates and he dies. In S19 E39, Josh is called to a house to treat a baby that is unwell. Whilst holding baby Abby he trips and falls. Abby is rushed to hospital but dies. The parents, Martin and Lynsey, blame Josh for killing Abby. Josh worries to Maggie that he harmed Abby but Maggie tells him there were no signs of injury. An investigation into Josh’s conduct begins. Martin confronts Josh, calling him a killer but then admits he had been drinking and had taken Abby to bed. When he awoke he realised he had smothered her. Josh is relieved to know it was not his fault. In S19 E42, Josh and Charlie are held hostage by a man whose wife has been attacked.

In S20 E6, Josh is observing in the ED as part of his paramedic refresher course. An elderly lady, Louise, is brought in after suffering a stroke. Her husband, George, is devestated when she dies and is adamant that no post mortem should be carried out. Josh misinforms him that this won’t be a problem. In S20 E7, Josh investigates the ladies toilets after complaints of a foul smell. He discovers the body of a dead woman, who’s been there for many hours. Josh is upset that no-one is made to be responsible for the incident. In S20 E8, Josh is furious with Woody for letting young boy Matt take a ride in the ambulance. In S20 E9a, the paramedics are giving a demonstration at the local school. A girl is injured when someone puts acid in the ‘bobbing apple’ water. As the paramedics battle to save her, Josh’s patience with the unruly kids snaps and he lashes out at a boy who has stumbled into him. Woody is not happy about the incident. As the story continues in S20 E9b, Josh gives chase to youths who have hijacked the ambulance whilst Luke tells Josh that the paramedics will support him following the incident involving slapping a schoolboy. In S20 E10, The father of the boy Josh hit at the school, comes to confront him to hear his side of the story. He then goes away to consider his next move and at the end of shift tells Josh that they will not be taking the matter further. All the paramedics are happy for Josh except Woody, who threatens to make a complaint about Josh himself. In S20 E11, tensions mount between Woody and Josh as Woody. They eventually sort things after Josh injures himself trying to rescue a man from a car. After talking, Josh convinces Woody he must get a DNA test to find out if he really is a father of Matt. In S20 E27, Josh has to come to Charlie’s rescue when he lands himself in trouble with an angry pimp on the streets as he hands out leaflets. In S20 E30, the paramedics are on standby at a local marathon. Josh has to teach Nina the disciplines if she wants to become a paramedic. In S20 E38, Luke informs Josh he’s resigning following the shoot-out. In S20 E40, Josh comends new paramedic Greg on his first shift. In S20 E46, Josh suspends Nina following her assault on a former patient. In S20 E47, Nina tells Josh she will resign. During a shout to a barn fire – Nina follows Josh to the scene and assists. Trapped in the barn with a young boy, Josh gives Nina instructions on how to carry out a procedure on the injured boy. Nina is hailed a hero but sticks with her decision to quit her job.

In S21 E3, new paramedics Dixie and Cyd arrive and Josh is unimpressed by their laid-back attitude. When Dixie criticises Josh’s management, he decides to break the two of them up. In S21 E4, the rota for the paramedics has been changed behind Josh’s back so that Dixie and Cyd are back in a team together. Josh is unimpressed by the effort to undermine him and partners Dixie with himself. Over the course of the day the relationship improves. In S21 E8, Josh is due to attend an awards ceremony to mark his 20 years of service. But when a string of events makes him question society’s values, his decision whether or not to collect his much-deserved award hangs in the balance. He eventually decides to accept the award. In S21 E11, Josh is hard on himself when he makes a mistake with a patient at the scene of a club fight. In S21 E12, Josh tends to a rescue where a homeless woman has become trapped at a cafe. Meanwhile Josh agrees to look after Louis for Charlie, however Louis is a handful. After an argument, he falls over and cuts his face. Josh tries to help him but spiteful Louis lies to Charlie, saying that Josh hit him. In S21 E13, a protective mother, Laura, makes a complaint about him for dismissing anything being wrong with her child. Josh turns to Charlie for support but he ignores him – he’s still angry because he believes that Josh hit Louis. In S21 E14, Josh continues to isolate himself from the rest of the staff by being short-tempered with everyone. Later, Louis visits Charlie at the hospital and runs into Josh. The two men argue because Josh refuses to apologise for hitting Louis. Harsh words are exchanged and Charlie tells Josh to leave. In S21 E15, Josh’s world is crumbling around him and, feeling that he has nothing to lose, he puts his life, and that of his colleagues, in danger when he attempts to rescue a mother who has fallen into a frozen lake. Meanwhile Laura returns to the department with her daughter. Josh is still suspicious of her and she is later diagnosed with Munchausens Syndrome – but not before she’s stabs Josh in the back of an ambulance and leaves him for dead. Nathan finds him in S21 E16 and alerts the team who battle to save him. Louis confesses to Charlie that Josh didn’t infact hit him after all and the day also ends with Ellen being killed by a motorbike whilst searching for Laura. In S21 E17, staff members attend Ellen’s funeral. Josh, who has been signed off work for 6 months, also attends and angrily blames Harry for Ellen’s death and the hospital’s demise. Charlie later persuades Josh to do something pro-active in his time off, like travelling.

Memorable Moments

  • S7 E2 – Off duty Josh comes across an RTA when an interfering GP jeopardises the patient’s condition.
  • S11 E20 – Josh faces turmoil after the death of his family in a house fire.
  • S12 E16 – Josh befriends Liam, after he is left fatherless after a fire
  • S16 E1 – After jumping a red light, Josh crashes an ambulance, leading to the death of a teenager.
  • S16 E15 – Josh and Colette get married.
  • S17 E36 – Josh is gutted when he finds out Colette is not carrying his child.
  • S18 E6 – Charlie and Josh spend the day reminiscing.
  • S18 E31 – Josh and Luke deal with a gunman.
  • S18 E41 – Josh has a disastrous date.
  • S19 E27 – Episode focuses on Josh and the paramedics.
  • S19 E39 – Josh is first to be blamed for the death of a small baby.
  • S21 E8 – Josh accepts recognition for 20 years of service.
  • S21 E15 – Josh is stabbed in the back of an ambulance.

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Beth Ramanee

Played by Mamta Kaash

Appearance

S5 E1 – S6 E15

Job Title

Senior House Officer

First Words

(to Ash) Oh just a couple of stitches and a course of tetanus

Background

Asian doctor, Beth Ramanee, was the first SHO in CASUALTY to have been so popular that she appeared in two series’. Beth was born in Cheltenham, her parents were both Indian, however she had never been there herself. She attended 6th form college, and worked extremely hard to get through medical school, keeping her feet firmly on the ground. It made her a compassionate, caring doctor, with a social conscience – and genuinely wanted to help every patient that walked through the door. For this she was often told off especially from her superior, Julian, for getting too involved.

Beth is introduced to us in S5 E1, and already we see she has a fun sense of humour, by playing a joke on Ash – with a skeleton put on a cubicle bed – Julian is not impressed and it is clear that the two may clash in the future. Her first shift involves a riot at a football ground in which there are many injured. Beth treats a lad who has fallen down some steps, and about to discharge him, Julian firmly tells her he must have an x-ray. An old man is also brought in with a fractured wrist, suffering from malnutrition, Beth finds out he is too poor to have food and warmth, and calls in social services to offer him help, which he doesn’t take. Beth realises she can’t help everyone. In S5 E4, Beth discovers an elderly man, who is in to see his wife on another ward, is ill himself with pulmonary edema – he later arrests and the staff manage to save him. In S5 E5, Beth and Julian clash over his harsh treatment of a drug addict, Beth is shown to always treat patients equally. And in S5 E6, Beth is unable to save the life of a hospital porter who arrests in the department. In S5 E7, Beth and Megan treat an old lady who is found to be carrying thousands of pounds and doesn’t want her husband to know, however she dies and Beth has to give him all her belongings. In S5 E9, Beth treats a black prisoner who confides to her that he has been raped. She feels he has been treated harshly in prison, because he hasn’t even been charged and tries to do her best for him. She also advises an alcoholic tramp to give up drinking, when his estranged mother arrives, she tries to persuade her to take him in and get him to have his needed operation. This episode she also has to deal with an anorexic girl who overdoses and dies. In S5 E10 a baby boy is brought in by his Greek parents with a broken leg. It’s not the first time he’s been in and Senior Pediatrician, Esther, arrives and abruptly calls a case of mistreatment, but Beth believes it to be brittle bones. Julian tells her Esther has more experience and shouldn’t question her judgement, but behind her back she gets a second opinion and is proved right. In S5 E12, a girl is brought in after trying to commit suicide, her elder sister arrives and reveals her father abused her and now thinks he is doing it to her, Beth confronts the father and he admits the abuse.

At the beginning of series 6, Beth attends an interview for a GP post. She is shocked when Julian asks her to stay at A&E and at the end of the shift she agrees to stay on at A&E and at the end of the shift she agrees to stay. In this episode she also respects a dying cancer victim’s wish not to prolong his life, after his partner Zoe, shows her a form he has signed. After he dies, his daughter arrives and calls the police, saying Zoe killed him. Charlie warns Beth to make sure all her notes complete. Next episode, Beth faces a coroner’s inquest. The judge gives a verdict of suicide, angering his daughter who threatens to sue Beth privately for negligence. In S6 E5, Beth treats a neurotic woman but can’t find anything wrong with her and has previously come in with different symptoms. Social Worker Trish is called in to have a word, where it is revealed her real problem is her husband’s constant need for sex. In S6 E6, a teenage boy comes in with his mother who suspects he is faking injuries, but Beth suspects he has MS. This episode she also worries about the court case and doubts her abilities as a doctor. In S6 E7, Beth finds out the negligence case is being dropped, because they can’t afford it, relieved – she breaks down in tears. In S6 E9, an old drunk us brought in, he upsets staff with his behaviour and keeps mentioning his wife, but when he sobers up, he reveals to Beth that his wife is dead and he hopes he didn’t say anything naughty when he was drunk. In S6 E12, a woman ‘Faye Dunaway’ is brought in with stomach pains, which is found to be an ectopic pregnancy. Beth is sure her husband has beaten her up and in the interview room, enraged she slaps him, as he doesn’t seem to care what’s happened to her. Julian also finds out Beth has applied for another GP post. In S6 E14, Beth treats a young boy who accidentally shoots his grandmother, he won’t speak, but Beth finally encourages him to talk. Beth takes her interview for the GP job, and tells Duffy it looks hopeful and she liked the atmosphere, next episode she finds out she’s got the job and will start in a month. In S6 E15, staff attend Beth’s leaving party, Charlie even arranges an ‘Opera-o-Gram’, but it’s all cut short when they are called back to A&E after a plane crash. Throughout the night, they deal with casualties and in the early morning, Beth says goodbye to her friends, saying one half of her doesn’t want to leave, but the other half is saying that the job as the nearest thing to hell.

Memorable Moments

  • S6 E1 – Beth agrees to not prolong a cancer victim’s life, when he dies, Beth is faced with a negligence case
  • S6 E12 – An angry Beth slaps a man in the face, who has beaten up his wife, and doesn’t care she has suffered an ectopic pregnancy.
  • S6 E15 – Beth’s final appearance – her leaving party is cut short after a major plane disaster.
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Julian Chapman

Played by Nigel le Vaillant

Appearance

S5 E1 – S7 E14

Job Title

Junior Houseman (S5E1-S6E6); Consultant (S6E7 – S7E14)

First Words

(to Duffy) Have you found a bed for Mrs Hickson?

Background

Julian was a very talented and skilled doctor, whose efficiency and precision was clearly shown in his work. However he clashed with people due to his impatient and moody attitude, and his tactlessness on occasions. HCA Maxine once said of him ‘it’s funny how doctors can be dead clever, but a bit stupid when it comes to real life’. Julian was also an ex-40-a-day smoker, and used to have a problem with alcohol.

He made his debut in S5 E1, and we see him unimpressed with Beth and Jimmy playing a joke on Ash, with a skeleton. In his first episode, he has to deal with many patients after a major riot at a football ground. A girl is brought in, who needed an emergency tracheotomy, Julian discovers she also has a crushed spine. Megan, who has just been to her estranged husband’s funeral, decides to come into work and help, and Julian manages to put his foot in it – and again in S5 E3, when Charlie is grieving for his old friend. Julian sees things in black and white, and although he has a hard exterior, he does care a lot for the welfare of his patients. In S5 E6, he is very angry at a father, who’s part of a religious sect, and refuses the permission to let his young daughter have a life saving blood transfusion. In S5 E11 he is also shocked when a son asks him to end his mother’s life – he refuses point blank. In S5 E12, we see one of Julian’s hobbies – paintballing. But during competition, his partner, Malcolm, falls off a rope ladder, dislocating his ankle. He takes him to casualty, still in full camouflage gear, much to the amusement of the staff.

At the beginning of Series 6, Julian and Duffy are called out, after some young outward bounders fall from a cliff edge. They are winched down from a helicopter, and Julian performs an emergency amputation on a boy’s leg. He also hears he has the chance of getting the Consultancy job and applies, although he is worried about competition, he celebrates in S6 E7 at getting the job. S6 E11 sees the debut of Sandra , already we see Julian is attracted to her – as is Jimmy! In S6 E12, after an unknown man dies from glue sniffing, Julian and Charlie clash over organ donation, and in S6 E15, Julian attends Beth’s leaving party, until they are called back after a plane crash. Julian and Ash go to the scene to assist with the many casualties.

At the start of Series 7, Julian again clashes with his new inexperienced SHO, Rob, who nearly kills his first patient by missing his vital condition. In this series he also tries to save a young boy, who collapses outside with sore throat. Julian tells his mother he has died. In S7 E5, he delivers a baby in the toilets and in S7 E7 he performs surgery on a woman who has a tennis racquet through her neck. Julian and Sandra become closer, they sing ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ at the karaoke evening together, and in S7 E8 they finally kiss. In S7 E10, he even comes in on his day off to support Sandra’s decision on a case involving a girl who’s taken ecstasy. Sandra repays him by visiting him at home after shift, and prescribing ‘bed rest’. In S7 E13, Julian urges Sandra to leave her husband, he also takes her daughter, Laura, to the circus, but after an acrobat is injured, he ends up back in A&E, and the staff are in no doubts to his and Sandra’s affair. In S7 E14, the tension between Julian and hospital management comes to a head, when he finds out they have been refused money to buy a vital piece of hospital equipment for patients with spinal injuries. Her argues furiously with [ID 362]Simon[/ID], before finally resigning infront of awaiting press outside. Simon tells him he does not want him to carry out his notice and he is to leave immediately. Sandra is shocked to hear from Charlie the news, although they want to carry on the relationship, they slowly drift apart. Julian says some short goodbyes, before getting into his black Mercedes and speeding off into the distance.

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Martin ‘Ash’ Ashford

 

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Played by Patrick Robinson

Appearance

S5 E1 – S10 E24; S12 E25/26; S27 E22 – S29 E14

Job Title

Staff Nurse / Senior Staff Nurse / Charge Nurse / Locum Consultant

First Words

Beth : Oh just a couple of stitches and a course of tetanus

Ash : Right (opens cubicle to see a skeleton on the bed) Dead on arrival it seems!

Family

Ex-wife, Laura. One daughter, Ella.

Background

Ash was a dependable, capable and very keen nurse, who went by the book and had high principles. His only flaw was to be impatient at times, but he always cared about the patients and staff. Casualty’s 4th male nurse, joined the cast in Series 5, as Staff Nurse, he also became a Union Rep. In S5 E12, it is revealed Ash is a diabetic, and he is able to help a fellow sufferer.

In Series 6, Ash befriends Student Nurse Kelly – he is one of the only people she can talk to, but it doesn’t stop her from committing suicide in S6 E10, Ash is shocked, and this shift he also feels responsible for the death of an elderly patient, who suddenly has a seizure, when he is not with her. Ash has to constantly cope with racist remarks, which he normally handles well. In S6 E8, he is punched and insulted by a youth, while trying to settle an argument between him and his girlfriend. At the end of Series 6 – there is a major plane crash – Ash is called out with Julian, to assist at the scene.

In Series 7, we meet Ash’s girlfriend, Nikki – she is a student, living off a grant, with a mortgage and have very little money between them, which causes problems. They split up in S7 E12, but make up at Christmas time. Nikki then reveals in S7 E16 that she is pregnant, they discuss the possibilities including abortion, which he is not 100% happy about – but she goes ahead anyway. They split up for good. In S7 E6, Ash impresses us with his talents by singing ‘Oh Carol’ at the karaoke evening. In S7 E20 (CASUALTY’s 100th episode), Ash learns he has deservedly won his promotion to Senior Staff Nurse, and the staff arrange an after shift drink to congratulate him.

At the start of Series 8, Ash resents Ken, who has been appointed to Clinical Nurse Manager – a job he applied for. In S8 E6, Ash helps his friend Dennis celebrate his birthday, with friends. Dennis is behaving strangely – and Ash discovers him taking amphetamines. At a nightclub, Leon, a bouncer recognises Ash from the local gym, and also keeps an eye on Dennis. Dennis goads Leon and they fight – Leon knocks Dennis unconscious. Ash is torn between Leon’s plea for help and his own loyalty towards Dennis, who later dies. In S8 E8, Ash has his briefcase containing insulin stolen by two youths. They inject it not realising what it is, one of them collapses and is taken to hospital and is forced to tell Ash where his friend is – so as to save his life. Ash also dates Mie, but it fails before it begins when she decides to go back to Japan. As Duffy leaves in S8 E13, Ash and Adele realise they are both in competition for her job. Ash is promoted to Charge Nurse in S8 E16.

In Series 9, Ash has conflicts with his new Senior Staff Nurse Kate, who feels they are understaffed. In S9 E7, Ash finds himself again the victim of racial abuse. Mark Hitchens first insults SHO Eddie – Ash is threatened as he orders him out the department. As Ash leaves, he is cornered by Hitchens and threatened with a knife. Ash knocks him to the ground, and Evans (Hitchen’s friend) who’s hiding round the corner, picks up the knife and takes Hitchens away. Eddie sees the fight from an upstairs window – but not the knife – and is horrified by Ash’s violence. Next episode Ash learns Hitchens has made a complaint about him and Eddie can’t back up Ash’s claim that he had a knife. A court case looms. In S9 E11, a newspaper article prompts Ginnie Davies from Personnel to ask Ash to leave the hospital. Ash pleads with Matt, the receptionist, to give evidence on his behalf, as he knew Evans as a racist, but he has been threatened not to testify. On trial day, Jude persuades Matt to testify and says Hitchens did threaten him – Ash is acquitted. (Matt is then attacked in S9 E23). Back at work in S9 E19, Ash feels uneasy, he applies to teach A&E skills at a local college.

In S10, Ash returns to Holby A&E. In Ep.4, Laura, the new PR Officer has been shadowing a night shift. She asks Ash out for a drink – and it ends up back at his place. Ash confides to Charlie it was a one-off, but he still has feelings for her. In S10 E12, they argue over the fundraising event – and then he asks her out. In S10 E15, they go to a charity ball together – it’s the first time they are seen together and he lifts her up off her feet and kisses her. In S10 E18, Ash proposes to her. In S10 E22, we meet Ash’s father, Franklyn, he is initially opposed to their marriage, but agrees to come to the wedding. In S10 E24, Ash and Laura get married.

Ash returns in S12 E25/ S12 E26, as best man at Charlie and Baz’s wedding, although he now has a daughter Ella, he has split up with Laura.

Ash, living in America and having retrained as a doctor returns as a Locum Consultant in S27 E22. He comes back to Holby to be closer to his wayward teenager daughter Ella.

Memorable Moments

  • S29 E3 – Ash visits Rita, who has been drinking, to make her face her problems.
  • S29 E5 – Ash is involved in a minibus crash along with some of the rest of the team, which ends up in Jeff dying.
  • S29 E6 – Ash struggles following Jeff’s death and feels the blame is on him.
  • S29 E7 – Dixie and Ash have a full blown row with her blaming him for Jeff’s death.
  • S29 E11 – Ash tries to bully a Jehovah’s witness patient into agreeing to a life saving blood transfusion.
  • S29 E12 – Connie insists Ash returns to his counselling sessions.
  • S29 E13 – Ash and Dylan conflict over the treatment of a teenager who has overdosed.
  • S29 E14 – Ash comes to terms with his feelings and quits Holby.

Love Interests

  • Nikki Wyatt
  • Laura Milburn

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Kelly Liddle

Played by Adie Allen

Appearance

S6 E1 – S6 E9

Job Title

Student Nurse

First Words

Excuse me, where would I find Mr Fairhead?

Background

Pretty blonde, Kelly Liddle, arrives in A&E in S6 E1, for a six month stint as a Student Nurse. As she enters reception, Jimmy recognises her face, she abruptly tells him it was after a one night stand, after they met at a geriatric party and he didn’t leave his number. Kelly is caring and always wants the best for her patients, it is revealed she took a change of career in which she was in charge and ofcourse a huge pay cut, because she so wanted to become a nurse, but she falls foul of Charlie and Duffy when she deals with things the wrong way or without telling them, because she was used to doing so in her old job.

She makes her first mistake in S6 E1, when she tells the daughter of a dying cancer victim, who Beth helped not to prolong his life, that he has died. Beth then finds herself accused of murder and in S6 E2, she receives her first warning from Duffy, about her attitude and that she should treat all patients equally. In S6 E3 Kelly comforts a confused shoplifter, who collapsed at a shop, who keeps talking of her baby. She persuades Beth to call Social Services, but is shocked to discover when the paramedics call round to her house – they find her baby dead as a result of neglect. In this episode, she and Ash tie Jimmy to a straight jacket for a laugh, and in S6 E4 she allows Jimmy to practice first aid on her, which lands her in trouble again. Kelly seems destined to fail; in S6 E5 Kelly gives a patient a tetanus jab without doctor’s consent, leaving Duffy to reprimand her for her actions. In S6 E6 a car bomb has been planted by Animal Activists, an injured girl is revealed to be the bomber – Duffy and Charlie agree to call the police, which angers Kelly, who was taught confidentiality should be respected, she feels that rules are bended whenever they feel like it. In S6 E8, Kelly treats a young woman, Nikki, who has a cut face after being beaten up by her boyfriend, Steve. Kelly becomes too involved and when Steve arrives, she tries to stop him seeing her. Ash is punched and assaulted in the process, needing stitches. Kelly rushes outside to talk to Nikki, but Steve persuades her to get back with him. Later Kelly is told to look after a patient, Kim, who is believed to have swallowed drugs, but she persuades Kelly to let her go to the toilet. Kim goes into the men’s toilets, where she collapses. Julian is furious with Kelly when they can’t find her, but she is angry that she wasn’t given all the information. Jimmy finds Kim and the CRASH team try to revive her, but fail. Duffy and Charlie take Kelly aside and warn her about her lax attitude, but she snaps back and walks out. In S6 E9, Charlie gives Kelly another talk, but Kelly becomes more fed up throughout the shift, she tells Ash she ‘can’t see the point of going on at all’ (he thinks she means with nursing), and later she thanks him for being her friend. At home Kelly takes a cocktail of pills and vodka. In S6 E10 Kelly is due for her intermediate report – she doesn’t turn up. William Ellis informs Charlie that she has commit suicide. The team are devastated, especially Duffy, who feels guilty for pushing her too hard and Ash, who is shocked to have found out she was on antidepressants.

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Sandra Nicholl

Played by Maureen Beattie

Appearance

S6 E11 – S7 E24

Job Title

Staff Nurse

First Words

Duffy : Sandra can you take Mrs Thornton to round to the Obs ward please?

Sandra : Right Sister (Jimmy looks at her flirtingly, she throws a paper towel at him)

Background

Scottish Nurse, Sandra Nicholl, returned to nursing, at Holby A&E, after her daughter, Laura, reached school age. She couldn’t wait to get back into nursing, not just for the money, but for companionship too. Sandra was efficient, brisk and a tough nurse, who could always stand her ground against patients, and her sexy looks created alot of male attention especially from Jimmy and Julian.

One of her first patients is a woman with a bleeding forehead, who is HIV – she learns the importance of wearing surgical gloves when treating patients. In S6 E15, Sandra, with the rest of the team also have to deal with a major plane crash.

Sandra, like others however is prone to mistakes. In S7 E2, she casts off a patient as a ‘hopper’, only for them to be brought back in with an obstructed bowel, and she also clashes with new SHO Rob – in S7 E7, Rob leaves a protesting Sandra to set up an intravenous drip on a patient, who is later found to be allergic to penicillin and nearly dies – Sandra faces negligence charges, but is let of with a written warning. Clashes between the two occur again in S7 E10, when a girl is brought in with breathing difficulties. Sandra believes it be drug abuse, however Rob disagrees thinking it’s just alcohol poisoning. Sandra is proves right, when Julian calls in and examines her. But things weren’t always bad for Sandra, in S7 E5 she helps Julian deliver a baby in the toilets, and at the karaoke event in S7 E6, they sing ‘A Hard Days Night’ together. Julian and Sandra become even closer, even though she’s a married women, with her husband away working on the oil rigs – an affair between them begins in S7 E8. In S7 E10, Sandra even visits him at home after her shift, and prescribes ‘bed rest’. News of their affair spreads quickly through the department, but while they are happy, Julian is not happy with his job and after arguments with [ID 362]Simon[/ID], he resigns infront of press. Sandra is upset to hear it second hand from Charlie, and that he is leaving immediately. Julian believes they still have a future together, but they slowly drift apart. In S7 E23, the department is evacuated after a radioactive spillage. Sandra is worried for her health and safety, and tells Charlie she is going home, and is angry no-one will tell them the risks involved. In S7 E24, Sandra seems to be back on track with her husband, David – she reveals to Duffy, she is going away on a second honeymoon with him. The last shift we see her on is that of the hospital fire, she has to tell a couple that their father, who was beaten by youths, has died, and his body is still in the building.

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Jane Scott

Played by Caroline Webster

Appearance

S5E2 – S8E24

Job Title

Paramedic / Manager

First Words

Is this it?.. which way do you reckon? Better not be a hoax

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Norma Sullivan

Played by Annie Kristen

Appearance

S6 E1 – S8 E6

Job Title

Receptionist

First Words

Would you mind not barging in please?

Background

When she first made a stately appearance behind the desk in the A&E reception in Series 6, Norma Sullivan showed she had standards. Married to Chris, and with a grown up son, she hid the fact that she also cared for her mother, with Alzheimer’s disease. She seemed stiff and stuffy, as though she deserved a grander job than that of a receptionist. Staff and patient alike caught her sharp tongue. Norma also liked a gossip, and was often found to be overhearing conversations not meant for her ears.

In S6 E6, Norma reveals her hobby in amateur dramatics by publicising her new play production. However, two of the cast arrive at reception, when the leading star, Marcus, has twisted his ankle. He is happy to still be able to perform, whereas his understudy, Ronald, is praying otherwise. In S6 E7, a confused old woman is brought in, Norma discovers throughout the shift she has stolen items including a mobile phone. In S6 E9, an old drunk upsets Norma when he arrives after falling down the stairs of his local pub.

In S7 E1, Norma is forced to look after a young boy in reception, when his mother arrives to see her partner who has been involved in a car accident. In S7 E3, Norma reveals to be worried about her elderly mother, with Alzheimer’s disease. During the shift, a body builder arrives in A&E with a sore throat, Norma dismisses him as not being serious. He goes outside where Maxine finds him collapsed. He is rushed into CRASH, where he dies – his friend makes a complaint against staff. In S7 E5, Norma befriends a young girl, Sophie, after she accidentally cuts her mother, who has ME, in the forehead with a knife in anger. Later, Norma’s mother is brought in with a policeman, after she is found wandering the streets with a burnt hand. Norma is upset when she doesn’t recognise her. In S7 E6, Norma is still upset over her mother, she discusses it over with Charlie, who tells her she’s doing the best she can. Next episode in S7 E7, Norma is late for work after struggling to cope with her mother. In S7 E9, Charlie tells Jenny and Norma off for getting pizzas delivered to reception, but upsets Norma when he realises she wasn’t involved. Jewish Sam is brought in after collapsing from angina. He is given the all clear, but as him and his wife, Leah, wait to go home in reception, Leah collapses and suffers an aortic aneurysm. Leah dies and Sam is distraught – Norma tries to comfort him with the fact that atleast she died quickly, and not dragged on, referring to her mother. In S7 E11, Norma reveals her mother has been put into a home. In S7 E12, a disabled man falls from his wheelchair and cuts his hand. His wife, Olive, takes him to casualty and tries to abandon him there. Norma sympathises with Olive. In S7 E20, Norma has trouble with some foreigners who are looking for the Magistrates Court, she then receives a call to say her mother has died and leaves work early. In S7 E21, Norma is in mourning, after her mother’s funeral – Mike offers her his support. In S7 E24, Norma helps to get patients out the building after the hospital is on fire.

In S8 E2, Norma is behaving strangely and is sent home. Mie Nishi-Kawa takes her place. In S8 E4, Norma is back at work, but obviously unhappy, and she eventually clashes with manager Mark. In S8 E5, Norma is given a date for her disciplinary hearing, but after another clash with Mark, she resigns. In S8 E6, Norma is brought in after a fall and finally admits to having a difficult menopause, staff are upset they didn’t recognise the symptoms.

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Trish Baynes

Played by Maria Friedman

Appearance

S6 E3 – S6 E15

Job Title

Social Worker

First Words

(to Charlie) It’s this way

Background

Social Worker Patricia Baynes – Trish – was brought in on Series 6 as a much needed love interest for Charlie Fairhead. His love life always awkward and unsatisfactory, he seemed to have found a soulmate in Trish. She was prepared to commit to Charlie and although he loved her, she became increasingly annoyed at how his work ruled his every waking hour.

We are first introduced to Trish in S6 E3, when the couple meet a bereavement counselling group. Charlie is already smitten. Later in the shift, a confused shoplifter is brought in, talking of her baby. Beth calls Social Services, and when Trish and the paramedics go round to her house, they discover her baby is dead, through serious neglect. In S6 E4, Charlie holds a seminar, introducing Trish to the other staff. Two children are also brought in after being trapped in a fridge dumped on wasteground. One of the children is also found to be malnourished – Trish is called in to help the father who is poor and living with her in a caravan. In S6 E5, Beth cannot find anything wrong with a neurotic woman, who has previously come in with various symptoms. Charlie asks Trish to have a word with her, where she confesses her real problem is her husband’s need for sex. Trish suggests counselling. In S6 E6, Trish thinks Charlie is giving her the cold shoulder, when he is tied up in work. In S6 E7, a babysitter pretends to be the baby’s mother on arrival to A&E. The baby is suffering a chest infection. They discover her own baby died of hooping cough. Trish is called in and Charlie is annoyed the police are to be involved, when she should have been offered more support. In S6 E9, a boy is brought in after falling from a balcony. Julian discovers bite marks to his thighs. Trish questions his friend, who reveals they were both forced to take part in a dog fight by his father, so he could take pictures. Trish is left shocked. In S6 E10, a runaway boy who returns home only to be pushed through a glass window by his mum’s boyfriend, turns up in A&E. Trish is called and tries to persuade his mother to take him back, but she refuses and leaves. In S6 E11, Charlie says he can’t go home with Trish as he’s working late and she acts despondent. Next episode in S6 E12, she is again upset with him claiming she never gets to see him and suggests a transfer so they would have to meet up outside of work hours. In S6 E13, Trish is pushed into a filing cabinet by an angry client, who she is unable to help. She says she won’t report the incident. Charlie gives her stitches and she has a moan on how she dislikes people’s hatred for job. She asks Charlie to be with her, but he says he must work, which upsets her. By S6 E14, Trish is fed up of making all the effort in her relationship with Charlie – when he refuses to take two days off for them to go away together. In her last episode of S6 E15, they both attend Beth’s leaving party. Trish tires of Charlie talking hospital and leaves without him. She is then called in to deal with the aftermath of a plane crash. As they both leave in the early morning after a heavy shift, Charlie suggests going home together – tired, she refuses, saying she wants to go home alone.

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