The actress behind Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin will soon be bidding farewell to the ED.

Duffy joined the ED as a determined and strong-willed nurse and made her first appearance in episode one, series one, ‘Gas’. She has since appeared in over 350 more across several stints with the programme. Although Duffy has come and gone over the years, the Beeb say that she will make a final departure from the series early next year.

“Walking in Duffy’s shoes through the years has taught me so much for which I’ll be forever grateful. I’m honoured and humbled to have played this inspiring woman. With sadness, but a sense of completion, l say goodbye.” – Cathy Shipton

The actress first left the role in 1993 but found herself back on the Beeb drama’s books in 1998, sticking with her reprisal of ‘Duffy’ on that occasion until 2003. This was followed by guest appearances in 2006 and 2015 before a full-time return in 2016.

Duffy’s storylines have allowed the series to explore important and significant topics such as sexual assault, HIV, suicide, grief, single parenthood, humanitarianism, mental health and most recently, dementia.

“Cathy’s enormous contribution has not just been to Casualty but also to the national consciousness and the British Television Drama landscape. She has made Duffy into a comforting Saturday night icon, the caring, ideal NHS nurse millions grew up with – and whom you’d want to be looked after by in times of need. She’s given us some of our most unforgettable stories and moments, not least of late in her heart-rending dementia storyline, and I simply cannot thank her enough.” – Simon Harper, Executive Producer

Cathy will be appear on screen as Duffy until early 2020.

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