Men Behaving Badly star Leslie Ash is the latest TV star set to return to the cast of BBC series Doctors.
With nothing but drama in store for the rest of 2021, here’s the lowdown on the medical drama’s latest comings and goings…
Leslie Ash (Mary McRae) – returning
Leslie Ash is making a dramatic return to Doctors after a 11-year hiatus.
The Men Behaving Badly star is joining the soap in the role of new character Mary McRae later this summer.
She will play the mistress of a late womaniser Malcolm Brown and end up battling his wife Joan at his graveside.
A source said: “It’s a big deal for Leslie to be back on the mainstream channels.
“Merseybeat and Men Behaving Badly were a long time ago and she’s been focussing on smaller personal projects which are made through her company BooksOffice.
“It’s only a short stint on Doctors but hopefully it reminds the nation what a talent she is and gets her name back out there a bit more for other roles.”
Harriet Shelton (Carley Stenson) – joined
Ex-Hollyoaks star Carley Stenson made her first appearance on Doctors earlier this year (April 2021) as police sergeant Harriet Shelton.
The soap star, who played Steph Cunningham in Hollyoaks, said on social media at the time: "I couldn’t be more grateful to be working at this challenging time and extra happy it’s with a cracking storyline, with highly experienced, impressive actors in such a positive place.
"Sergeant Harriet ready. To be working again after so long, during this unnerving time..whilst pregnant, knowing how hard it has been for everyone. I know I am very very lucky, feel truly grateful and I’m extremely excited.
"Thank you @bbc#doctors for making this such a fun journey already."
Seasoned copper Rob Hollins didn’t exactly welcome Harriet with open arms at the police station and quickly made clear he wasn’t happy about having to mentor her after she made her first appearance on the soap.
Speaking about her character’s tumultuous relationship with Rob, Carley recently revealed to Inside Soap: “Harriet is a very determined and capable officer, and work-wise she’ll be going from strength to strength. We’ll see that there’s a camaraderie and trust between her and Rob.”
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Luca McIntyre (Ross McLaren) – joined
Ross McLaren joined the cast of Doctors as newcomer Luca McIntrye in March 2021.
Doctors is the stage star's first stab at a TV role.
The actor, who has previously starred in stage productions including Big the Musical and Guys and Dolls, told Inside Soap upon joining the BBC show: "My grandma was already a Doctors viewer, and my mum’s now a massive fan, as she’s been watching it since I got the job – so it’s going to be very exciting, seeing my face pop up."
Doctors viewers know that the new nurse practitioner didn’t have the best of starts on his first day at The Mill after he turned up late.
Just as Lucas began to settle into his new job, it was revealed he was homeless and sofa-surfing.
Miranda Evans (Ruthie Henshall) – joined
Ruthie Henshall began a recurring guest role on Doctors in March 2021.
The stage star, who also appeared on last year’s series of I’m A Celebrity, portrays Miranda Evans, the new head of the Patient Participation Group.
It became apparent that Miranda didn’t have the best reputation when receptionist Valerie Pitman revealed to Bear that she used to know Miranda – and that she was a terrible manager and a bully.
When Bear started gossiping about the new head of the PPG to a new colleague, he was stunned to discover he was talking to THE Miranda Evans.
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