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article imageLee Mead to join cast of BBC medical drama

By Mathew Wace Peck     Sep 20, 2013 in Entertainment
Lee Mead, best known for his stage-musicals career, is to become a regular cast member of “Casualty,” the long-running BBC medical drama.
Lee Mead made his breakthrough back in 2007, when he won Any Dream Will Do, the BBC musical talent contest that set out to find an unknown to play the lead role in a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Since then, the 32-year-old has also appeared in the stage shows, Wicked and Legally Blonde.
His Casualty appointment will mark Mead’s first full-time on-screen television role. However, it’s not the first time he’s appeared in the series: in 2011, he guest-starred as a teaching assistant, Harry Timms, for one episode. Now, he will play Lofty, a character described by the BBC as “likeable and popular nurse with a less than ordinary background.”
Speaking to Radio Times, Mead said, “I'm thrilled to be joining Casualty. I really enjoyed by my guest appearance in 2011, but this will be a completely different challenge. When I first read about the character, Lofty, I didn’t imagine I would be in the frame to play him.”
Meanwhile, the series’ executive producer, Oliver Kent, added, “As the character Lofty was being developed, we couldn’t think of anyone else to better play him. We can’t wait to start filming and are thrilled to have Lee join the team. With a very different background to most of the other nurses, his clumsy charm is sure to win everyone over.”
In 2012, Casualty relocated to the BBC’s Roath Lock studios in Cardiff, Wales, having previously been based in Bristol. Mead will be relocating to the Welsh capital later this year, and first appearance on screen is expected to happen in early 2014.
“I am hoping he will charm audiences and they will get behind him,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started and to learn all of the medical jargon!”
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