Some sad news from Casualty HQ this morning – Cathy Shipton, who plays Duffy, will be leaving the show early next year.
Cathy was in the very first episode of Casualty back in 1986 and has appeared in over 350 episodes.
Cathy says: “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.”
Executive Producer Simon Harper paid touching tribute to the star and her character, saying Duffy is “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.”