Duffy to make a permanent return to Casualty – “I’m thrilled,” says Cathy Shipton

Charlie will be reunited with his former colleague in time for the drama's 30th anniversary in August

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Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin is to make a permanent return to Casualty, as part of the BBC1 medical drama’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

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Actress Cathy Shipton, who was one of the show’s original cast members, will make a special cameo appearance in an episode airing on Sunday 26 June before making a full-time comeback from August.

Strong-willed nurse Duffy made a brief reappearance last year as colleague and friend Charlie Fairhead’s life lay on the line, but is now set to once again become a fixture of the ED.

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Upcoming scenes will see Duffy reveal to Charlie that she’s left her husband and children in New Zealand and is back working as an agency nurse in Holby.

Commenting on her homecoming, Cathy Shipton said today: “After returning last year for episodes one and two of series 30, many asked if Duffy was sticking around long-term and I replied that the door is wonderfully wide open!

“Well the response was so positive that I’ve stepped right through and am thrilled to be back on the show. The future looks very exciting for Duffy both professionally and personally, and I am equally excited to be working with such a talented and creative team of actors, writers, directors and producers.”

Casualty’s executive producer Oliver Kent added: “All of us at Casualty are incredibly excited that the fabulous Cathy Shipton has agreed to bring Duffy back to the Emergency Department.

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“We know that our viewers loved her brief return last year and now it’s completely thrilling to have her with us full-time. The dream team of Charlie and Duffy are back together again. Long live CHUFFY.”