BBC Casualty gets five new cast members including Bradley Walsh’s son and Holby’s Jaye Jacobs

BBC Casualty gets five new cast members including Bradley Walsh’s son and Holby’s Jaye Jacobs
Long-running BBC medical drama Casualty is welcoming five new cast members. Holby City favourite Jaye Jacobs will be back on screen as Donna Jackson along with four brand new characters.

Jaye will be joined by Bradley Walsh’s son Barney along with Anna Chell, Sarah Seggari and Eddie-Joe Robinson, Birmingham Live reports. Sarah’s character will be the show’s first hijab-wearing Muslim nurse.

The Larkins star Barney, who will play accident-prone nurse Cameron, said: “It’s been an incredible experience to join the cast of Casualty, I can’t wait for the viewers to meet nurse Cam as he arrives at Holby and very quickly realises he might have bitten off more than he can chew!”

Jacobs originally joined the cast of sister show Holby City in 2004 and departed in 2011 before reprising her role in 2017 until it finished its 23-year run last year. She said she was “thrilled” to be making the move to Casualty, which she described as a “legendary show”.

Anna said: “It’s been an absolute buzz so far, the team at Casualty are SO welcoming! Joining with the others (Eddie-Joe, Barney, Sarah & Jaye) has been such a beautiful experience, we have built up a great connection and friendship – filming scenes with those guys is always a laugh! Jodie is a joy to play.

“She is fun, flirty and is ALWAYS up for a night out. Often pushing her emotions aside with a vodka tonic! Jodie is hard-faced, strong & often let’s her brain fall out of her mouth, but despite all this she is great at her job and has quite a shock on her first shift!

“I’m so grateful to be bringing Jodie to life and I’m excited about what’s to come for her!”

Sarah said: “It is an honour to play the first hijab wearing Muslim nurse on Casualty. I cannot wait to show the viewers who Rida is, she is the strength and the mother in the group.

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(left to right) Sarah Seggari, Eddie-Joe Robinson, Anna Chel, Barney Walsh and Jaye Jacobs who play nurses Rida, Ryan, Jodie, Cam and Donna in the BBC1 drama Casualty

(left to right) Sarah Seggari, Eddie-Joe Robinson, Anna Chel, Barney Walsh and Jaye Jacobs who play nurses Rida, Ryan, Jodie, Cam and Donna in the BBC1 drama Casualty (Image: PA)

“She has no problem putting people in their place even if it might come across a bit abrasive but will always stay loyal to her friends. At her core she is a carer and wants to help, this is at the forefront every time she has a patient to work with, even if it sometimes isn’t to protocol. She has a fire behind her that I hope you enjoy!”

Eddie-Joe said: “Joining Casualty has been such a fantastic experience. Straight away I’ve felt like a part of the family, and coming in alongside JJ, Sarah, Anna and Barney has made it all the more special. From Ryan you can expect a lot fun and banter with his fellow nurses, which he sometimes takes a bit too far.

“He’s self-assured to the point of cocky, and when this combines with his ambitious nature it can definitely place him in hot water. Beneath the bravado there’s a softer side to him though, and I like to think he’s often a little misunderstood!”

Jon Sen, executive producer of Casualty for BBC Studios, said: “We are thrilled to introduce these exciting new characters to the Casualty fans. Jodie, Cam, Rida and Ryan are a breath of fresh air – bringing hope, heart, wit, warmth and irreverence to the ED. We are sure the audience are going to love them as much we already do.”

Casualty continues on Saturdays on BBC One and iPlayer.

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