Casualty exit for Duffy as actress Cathy Shipton's departure is confirmed

Casualty favourite Duffy will soon be leaving our screens as actress Cathy Shipton has announced her departure from the BBC One medical drama.

Cathy made her very first appearance first during Casualty’s very first episode in 1986, and has featured heavily ever since — appearing in over 350 instalments thus far. During that time, she’s been part of some of the show’s most memorable storylines.

The character has also featured rather heavily on our screens this past year, as, after struggling with memory problems, she was diagnosed with dementia — something which she later relayed to old pal Charlie (Derek Thompson). As a result of her diagnosis, Duffy chose to step down from her role as a nurse.

On her impending departure, Cathy said: ‘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 posted on Twitter this morning that today she is filming some of her ‘last scenes ever playing Duffy!’

Following the announcement of her departure, Executive Producer Simon Harper said: ‘Cathy’s enormous contribution has not just been to Casualty, but also to the national consciousness and the British Television Drama landscape.’

Although Cathy is leaving, Duffy will continue to appear on our screens until 2020.

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