Casualty is losing Duffy for good. Cathy Shipton, who has played Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin since the pilot in 1986, is exiting the BBC Studios produced series.
She is one of the show’s longest running cast members. While Duffy has come and gone in the Emergency Department throughout the years, this will be the character’s final departure. Cathy’s final appearance as Duffy will air in 2020.
“Walking in Duffy’s shoes through the years has taught me so much for which I’ll be forever grateful”, Cathy Shipton said in a statement. “I’m honoured and humbled to have played this inspiring woman. With sadness, but a sense of completion, l say goodbye.”
While Simon Harper, Executive Producer of Casualty and Holby City, added: “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.”