Lee Mead's Casualty character joins Holby City

Actor Lee Mead has signed up to join hospital drama Holby City.

Lee, 35, is resurrecting the role of Ben “Lofty” Chiltern, which he played in another BBC1 medical drama, Casualty.

Lee Mead as Ben ‘Lofty’ Chiltern (BBC)

Last year, viewers saw Lofty resigning from his post to retrain as a bereavement counsellor in palliative care and head to Australia for a break.

Holby City is set in the same hospital as Casualty.

Lee said: “I’m really excited to be coming back as Lofty, I’ve missed him! I’m looking forward to being in a new part of the Holby hospital and seeing what it has in store for him next.”

Lee Mead (Hannah McKay/PA)

Lee, who will be on screen from the spring, shot to fame when he won BBC1′s singing contest Any Dream Will Do.

He went on to marry TV presenter Denise Van Outen – who was a judge on the show – but the pair divorced in 2015.

Lee Mead and Denise Van Outen (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The Holby City team will also see the return of Jaye Jacobs as nurse Donna Jackson, who left the wards in 2011.

Jaye said: “Donna and I have unfinished business. She’s flirty, brash and ballsy. I’ve missed her!”

Jaye Jacobs as fun-loving nurse Donna Jackson (BBC)

Waterloo Road actress Ayesha Dharker is also joining the cast as Nina Karnik, a tough but compassionate general surgeon, while David Ajao is Dr Damon Ford.

Holby City and Casualty acting executive producer Simon Harper said: “I’m beyond excited to welcome on to the wards two new faces, a returning face and a much loved Casualty character.

“It’s thrilling to bring Jaye back as the sparky, irreverent Donna, one of the most popular and iconic Holby characters ever and equally so to have Lee make the ‘trip upstairs’ as Lofty.

“Keller Ward is going through some dark times, so Lofty’s trademark warmth and kindness will come at just the right moment.”

More in this Section

Danny Dyer says daughter Dani and Jack Fincham are still together

eBay and Time’s Up partner to celebrate movement’s one-year anniversary

Craig Revel Horwood is a friend for life despite cruel remarks – Shirley Ballas

How have Harry and Sandra Redknapp kept the love so alive after 51 years of marriage?


Christmas visitors, log fires and central heating overload – how will your houseplants survive?

6 natural hangover remedies to save you the morning after the office Christmas party

Ask a counsellor: ‘My wife’s new friend has made working from home a challenge’

Making Cents: Prepare financially now for mortgage hunting in 2019

More From The Irish Examiner