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New faces on the ward.

For the half dozen freshers recently arrived at the Bristol hospital, it has already been a tough start. On Thursday Casualty fans saw them spring into action following an explosion at Holby shopping centre. Here's our breakdown of the six new cast members who have joined the hit BBC series:

Dr Georgina Woodman (played by Rebecca Lacey)

Tough, strong-willed former nurse. Also a single mum who combined a career with bringing up her son.

Rebecca, 29, who was a hit as the secretary in the sitcom May To December, says: "Georgie is so capable - she's a role model for women."

Staff Nurse Mark Grace (played by Paterson Joseph)

Very forward and confident young man who stands up for what he believes in. He even gets physical when pushed into a corner.

Paterson, 28, says: "He gets involved in the issue of safety for hospital staff - violence is a real problem out there."

Porter Derek "Sunny" Sunderland (Vincenzo Pellegrino)

Sunny is a bit of a joker but Vince, 25, feels there's more to his character than meets the eye.

"He's pretty bright," he says. "I see him as a bit of a Cassandra figure who sees what's going on, warns people about what's going to happen, but nobody believes him."

Staff Nurse Tina Seabrook (Claire Goose)

Tina is recognised as a promising member of staff, but she can be quite clumsy at times.

Actress Claire, a doctor's daughter, says: "I did research at the casualty department in King's Lynn. I felt a bit of a fraud walking round in a white coat."

Receptionist Amy Howard (Rebecca Wheatley)

Tough on the outside, Amy's a real softie who would do anything for her hard-working colleagues.

"She's always got a jar of sweeties tucked away to ease the tears of patients, both young and old," says Rebecca. "She's really good fun and offers a shoulder to cry on."

General manager Elliot Matthews (played by Peter Guinness)

Not a well-liked man on the hard-pressed wards. Brought in to save money, something which the rest of the staff resent.

But Peter says: "I hope people begin to see his human side. He is, in fact, a champion of the NHS."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 13, 1997
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