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Lee Mead & David Ames 'Holby City' - Aug 2017 Digital Spy 'Secrets and Spoilers'
New Holby City series producer Kate Hall talks 'secrets and spoilers' to Digital Spy - from a partisan viewpoint, I'm delighted by the prospect of "a slow-burning love story with Dominic and Lofty", even more so one that's "gorgeous, measured, not rushed and respectful of the fact that Dominic has been so badly damaged by Isaac."

Good to read also of "top of their game" performances from Lee and others in the "brilliant, brilliant" wedding episode (19 September).

Lee Mead & David Ames 'Holby City' summer trailer - Jun 2017 Holby City Summer Trailer
The summer trailer is out! I confess I'm a little disappointed that there isn't more Lofty evident, but I shall remain optimistic and assume that as a new (to the wards upstairs) character, they are keeping his powder dry and focusing the trailer on the storylines of the characters who are already well known to the viewers..

Lee Mead 'Holby City' video interview - May 2017 Video interview
More footage from What's On TV's exclusive video interview with Lee, held back from the initial broadcast as it relates specifically to the "shock revelation" in tonight's episode - watch it on their WEBSITE.

Lee Mead 'Holby City' trailer - May 2017 First ep trailer
Confirmation, as if any were needed, that Lofty's return is just around the corner - the trailer for Holby City S19-E32 Project Aurous is A Fresh Start and features, unsurprisingly, a very familiar face... or two! Tune in to BBC One at 8pm (11pm in Scotland) on Tuesday 16 May for more...

Lee Mead 'Holby City' video interview - May 2017 Video interview
Exclusive video interview with Lee from What's On TV - watch it on their WEBSITE.

Lee Mead 'Holby City' - May 2017 TV Mags
With Lee's first episode on screen in a week's time, there are interviews in this week's TV mags - check out the May 2017 Press Round-up.

Lofty certainly makes an entrance on Keller, hands-on from the start, but it seems at least one of his new colleagues isn't entirely won over. I'm excited to see him in action, but also very happy to read that we'll learn something of Lofty's back story... at last!

Oh, and look out for a familiar face over on Casualty one of these Saturdays...

Lee Mead returns as Nurse Ben 'Lofty' Chiltern, BBC Holby City Lofty arrives at Holby City
Lee's first episode up on the wards of Holby City will air on Tuesday 16 May (BBC One, 8pm). I have no storyline spoilers at this stage other than "Keller welcome a new face" but he's on the cast list for Season 19 Episode 32 : Project Aurous and I think we can expect lots of press and hopefully a TV interview or two before then.

Lee Mead returns as Nurse Ben 'Lofty' Chiltern, BBC Holby City Holby City Spring trailer
First glimpse of Lofty in his Holby City incarnation as the show's Spring trailer is released shortly after Lee starts filming. There's a certain sense of deja vu when we see him bare-chested, as we did in his first Casualty episoe back in 2014, but I doubt there'll be too many complaints about that!

Latest indications, from Lee himself, are that his first episode will air middle to late May.

Lofty returning... to Holby City
After nearly 18 months break during which Lee toured the UK twice - once leading the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and again with his latest album Some Enchanted Evening, news broke today that Lofty was returning from his travels. Not to the ED though, but upstairs to the wards of Holby City. The move makes good sense for him personally, with filming at Ellstree being much closer to home and I look forward to seeing him on screen.

Lofty leaving Casualty
Though no formal announcement was made, news today of a return to the musical theatre stage for Lee in the UK tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2016 leads to the inevitable conclusion that he will be leaving Casualty. He has confirmed that he will finish filming in a few weeks (but will of course be on air for several months more) and that the door may be open for a later return.

Lee Mead and colleagues in BBC Casualty Spring trailer, Apr 2015 Casualty Spring trailer (click left to play and here for screencaps)
Explosive action in this new video trailer, showing the continuation of some storylines that have already started to play out but also much more to come, including a dark and dangerous mission for Charlie and Connie to find his son in Bucharest. There are lighter moments too, including a kiss for Lofty!

Lee Mead as Nurse Ben 'Lofty' Chiltern, BBC Casualty Lofty's first episode
The news we'd been waiting to hear since Lee first mentioned his 'big TV role' in post-show chats at The Pheasantry finally broke today. Lee will be joining the regular cast of BBC's Casualty playing Lofty, "a likeable and popular nurse with a less-than-ordinary background" and will begin filming at BBC Cymru Wales' Roath Lock Studios later this year, with audiences able to catch him on screen for the first time in early 2014.

Regular Role on Casualty
The news we'd been waiting to hear since Lee first mentioned his 'big TV role' in post-show chats at The Pheasantry finally broke today. Lee will be joining the regular cast of BBC's Casualty playing Lofty, "a likeable and popular nurse with a less-than-ordinary background" and will begin filming at BBC Cymru Wales' Roath Lock Studios later this year, with audiences able to catch him on screen for the first time in early 2014.

Guest Role on Casualty
Lee had mentioned filming on a BBC drama in previous interviews but had been unable to say more. Today on Lorraine, he spilled the beans that it was a guest role on Casualty - playing Harry, a teacher in a special-needs school - which would be airing in August.

HOLBY CITY : Series 19

Lee Mead 'Holby City' - Aug 2017 Keep on Running (airs 29 August 2017)

When events take a tragic turn during the Holby Half Marathon, Lofty is forced to finally confront his feelings for Dominic. With a shortage of theatres, Fletch must enlist Jac's help to treat a patient who desperately needs to get home to his kids. Meanwhile, Guy puts Zosia to the test to prove she made the right decision in transferring to neuro.

Writer - Michelle Lipton; Director - Paulette Randall

Lee Mead 'Holby City' - Aug 2017 Wildest Dreams (airs 22 August 2017)

Oliver struggles with the thought that Tara's death could have been prevented, and Zosia is offered a chance to advance her career. Meanwhile, Lofty worries that Dominic still has feelings for him and contemplates how to let him down gently.

Writer - Angela Holden; Director - Paulette Randall

Lee Mead 'Holby City' - Aug 2017 Go Ugly Early (aired 8 August 2017)

Bernie is confronted with an impossible situation when a trauma patient forces her to consider what she wants out of life. Ollie and Zosia are made an offer they cannot refuse, but it may be too good to be true. Meanwhile, Lofty has fallen out of favour with Dom. Can he win him round?

Writer - Nick Fisher; Director - Dominic Keavey

Lee Mead 'Holby City' - Aug 2017 The Evolution of Woman (aired 1 August 2017)

Newly appointed and keen to impress, Nina is intent on an innovative path and strikes a deal with a face from the past - but may yet come to regret it. Party animal Morven is determined to remain professional despite a number of obstacles, but then makes a regretful decision. When Sacha boasts about his new 'lady friend', the team members are eager to meet her, but none are prepared for what unfolds on Keller ward.

Writer - Simon Norman; Director - Tracey Rooney

Lee Mead 'Holby City' - Jul 2017 Baggage (aired 25 July 2017)

Donna gets a shock when she's dealt a cruel blow by her ex, but help is on hand from a surprising source. Meanwhile, Dominic wants to uncover the truth about Lofty's private life, but after taking some well meaning advice from his mum, he's unprepared for what unfolds. A cracking episode!

Writer - Patrick Homes; Director - Tracey Rooney

Lee Mead 'Holby City' - Jul 2017 Going the Distance (aired 18 July 2017)

Essie worries that she is not being a good foster parent to Parker, but determined to take all the responsibility herself, she is reluctant to accept any help from Raf. Meanwhile, a tricky patient diagnosis throws Morven straight in at the deep end on her first day back, and Matteo recruits an unenthusiastic Jac to work with Damon on his assessment day.

Writer - Chris Murray; Director - Sean Glynn

Lee Mead 'Holby City' - Jul 2017 Sleep Well (aired 11 July 2017)

Jac and Fran get the shock of their lives when someone from their past turns up at the hospital, while Raf is ribbed by Fletch, spotting that he likes Essie a bit more than he's letting on, and encourages him to give things another go. When Donna's old schoolmate is admitted, she realises how her life has been turned upside down and has to face her fears.

Writers - Johanne McAndrew & Elliot Hope; Director - Sean Glynn

Lee Mead 'Holby City' - Jul 2017 Keeping the Faith (aired 4 July 2017)

A grieving Morven won't accept the circumstances of a close tragedy and will stop at nothing to get the truth. Meanwhile, a familiar face arrives on Keller for emergency surgery, putting Sacha in a compromising personal and professional position. And when Nina makes her presence felt on Darwin, Matteo starts to see her in a new light.

Writer - Jeff Povey; Director - Baff Akoto

Lee Mead 'Holby City' - Jun 2017 Paper Wishes (aired 27 June 2017)

Jac buries herself in work, determined to save the life of a scared and fatalistic patient, while Sacha is forced to confront his faith when his mother sets him up on a blind date. Donna Jackson returns to Holby City, but clashes with Fletch's authority and questions whether too much has changed for her to simply pick up where she left off.

Writers - Patrick Holmes & Ailsa Macaulay; Director - Richard Platt

Lee Mead 'Holby City' - Jun 2017 For You May Be the Next to Die (aired 20 June 2017)

I loved everything about this episode - the dramatic and ultimately tragic Jasmine/Jac/Fran triangle playing out against the comic tenderness of Lofty and Dom's growing friendship. I am also loving where the Holby team seem to be taking the relationship between these two and the pace at which they're letting it all unfold.

Writer - Patrick Holmes; Director - Jamie Annett

Lee Mead 'Holby City' - Jun 2017 For The Love of Maureen (aired 13 June 2017)

Quite rightly, in Chizzy Akudolu's final episode, the focus this week was on Mo, but although Lofty's appearances were more fleeting than in recent weeks, the first of these did serve to move on the story of his growing friendship with Dom.

Writer - Joe Ainsworth; Director - Jamie Annett

Lee Mead 'Holby City' - Jun 2017 The Hard Way Home (aired 6 June 2017)

Another episode in which we saw more of Lofty than we almost ever did on Casualty... and it's a more grown up Lofty we're seeing - the change in character resulting from the dramatic events which led to his departure is both well written and well portrayed.

Writer - Nick Fisher; Director - Tracey Rooney

Lee Mead 'Holby City' - May 2017 Enigma (aired 23 May 2017)

Happily the huge anticipation for this episode was entirely justified - we learned more about Lofty's character in a single episode than in his whole time on Casualty and Lee showed just how well he can handle a challenging storyline - the stage is now set for more... let's hope he gets them!

Writer - Peter Mattessi; Director - Jermain Julien

Lee Mead as Nurse Ben 'Lofty' Chiltern, BBC Holby City Project Aurous (aired 16 May 2017)

Lofty made several impressions on his first shift on Keller Ward, not all of them good! But once he'd shaken some of the nursing cobwebs off, the traits that made Lofty such an appealing character when in Casualty were clear for all to see.

Writer - Claire Miller; Director - Jermain Julien

CASUALTY : Series 31 (crossover ep)

Lee Mead 'Casualty' - Jun 2017 Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep (aired 17 June 2017)

With grief hanging over the ED, Lofty returns in a crossover appearance to attend Cal's funeral... "The day of Cal's funeral arrives, and Ethan delivers a drunken, heartfelt eulogy that leaves both Iain and Lily worried about his welbeing."

Writer - Dana Fainaru; Director - Judith Dine

CASUALTY : Series 30

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty High Tide (aired 12 March 2016)

Lee's final episode (for now at least) showed us the qualities in Lofty that have made him so popular with the viewers and the qualities in Lee that have made him so convincing in the role. This story arc has been a fitting farewell but I really hope it's not the last we see of him.

Writer - Kelly Jones; Director - Julie Edwards

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Fatal Error Part Two (aired 5 March 2016)

In the second part of this double-header, we see Lofty spiral into ever-deeper torment. His colleagues are supportive but it is he who has to live with the action he now takes and he alone who can find a path that preserves his strong personal sense of integrity.

Writer - Emily Groves; Director - Steve Brett

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Fatal Error Part One (aired 27 February 2016)

We've waited two years for this but finally, a serious storyline for Lofty that has been built up to over several weeks and runs over three episode (quite possibly his last three episodes before his break from Casualty).

Writers - Matt Cooke, Vincent Lund & Mark Catley; Director - Steve Brett

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Just Do It (aired 20 February 2016)

Lovely work from Lee in this episode as Dylan continues to push his 'pet project' to greater heights and Lofty tries to keep a lid on his friend's expectations while he gets to grip with his new responsibilities.

Writer - Dana Fainaru; Director - David Innes Edwards

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Hearts and Flowers (aired 13 February 2016)

A weary Lofty, almost falling asleep on his feet (and on a patient!) and over his paperwork ... the pressure starts to build as he apparently struggles to cope with the demands of his new job.

Writer - Dominique Maloney; Director - David Innes Edwards

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Step Right Up (aired 6 February 2016)

Dylan pushes Lofty to deal with the challenges to his authority that come from his new seniority to his good friend, Robin... and I love how he relates Lofty's difficulties back to his own early troubles with Dervla!

Writer - Rob Butler; Director - Jo Johnson

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Good Life (aired 30 January 2016)

An early test of Lofty's Band 6 responsibilities as his colleagues call on him to bring Robin's feet back down to earth after her front page splash in 'The Pulse', but his best intentions go slightly awry!

Writer - Patrick Homes; Director - Jo Johnson

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Shame (aired 23 January 2016)

As feared, it was back to 'blink and you miss him' Lofty this week, though if you didn't blink, what there was of him was very nicely played by Mr Mead! I do hope that's not the end of the story for Lofty and his promotion...

Writer - Asher Pirie; Director - David Beauchamp

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Black Alert (aired 16 January 2016)

Lofty overcomes his nerves and the brooding presence of Henrik Hanssen to acquit himself well in his interview, but in an ED fast approaching breaking point it's his actions later in the shift that finally convince Rita he's Band 6 material.

Writer - Matthew Barry; Director - David Beauchamp

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Lie To Me (aired 9 January 2016)

Turns out we saw rather more of Lofty than we ever have before, though not in the way I've been hoping for these past several months! Not complaining, mind... but there are other moments in the episode also very worthy of attention!

Writer - Kim Millar; Director - Jamie Annett

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty A Life Less Ordinary (aired 2 January 2016)

In an episode that was all about Cal, Lofty still made his presence felt with one of Cal's elderly patients... "haven't you got beautiful eyes?" she says, clasping his hand tightly. Nothing wrong with her powers of observation, then!

Writer - Barbara Machin; Director - Steve Brett

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Home for Christmas (aired 19 December 2015)

With high emotion running through Cal's storyline, there was a gentler theme to the continuing thread of Lofty and Dylan's friendship which brought some much-needed Christmas spirit to this week's episode.

Writers - Sally Abbott & Mark Catley; Director - Jamie Annett

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Silence Speaks (aired 12 December 2015)

Lovely work from Lee tonight as Lofty puts disappointment behind him to help a young lad struggling to do the right thing for his mother, earning praise and encouragement from an unexpected quarter in the process.

Writer - Claire Miller; Director - Sean Gleeson

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Maybe This Year (aired 5 December 2015)

Lofty's time and energy this week were mainly spent on treating (briefly), losing, looking for and re-finding a patient with an uncanny resemblence to Santa - he and new receptionist, Jack, providing light relief amid the darker patient storylines.

Writer - Jeff Povey; Director - Sean Gleeson

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Estranged (aired 28 November 2015)

Lots of snippets, not much substance for Lofty this week - but I loved the steely-eyed focus in the staffroom 'battle' at the top of the episode. Roll on his 'big storyline' which we hear from Erika Hossington starts just after Christmas!

Writer - Mark Stevenson; Director - Sean Glynn

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Strangers (aired 21 November 2015)

Lofty's presence offered a light touch amid more serious patient storylines, but he proved he's no pushover (not even when there's food on offer!) by calling Jacob out on his behaviour, in his own gentle but stubborn way. Nice one, Lofty - about time someone did!

Writer - Andy Bayliss; Director - Sean Glynn

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Avoidable Harm (aired 14 November 2015)

After a week's pause for the Festival of Rememberance, we return to the Holby ED to find Lily still bullying Alicia, Jacob still playing alpha-nurse and Connie still making doe eyes at him... but more importantly we find Lofty at his intuitive best, helping a young lad understand just how much he is loved.

Writer - Matthew Barry; Director - Jo Johnson

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Best Served Cold (aired 31 October 2015)

More Lofty this week - though not significantly involved in any of the patient storylines, Lee was Mr Competent to Chucky Venn's over the top 'alpha-nurse', getting the job done calmly and without fuss. Nice to see... but I still hope for a little more flesh on the bones of this character before he departs our screens in the Spring.

Writer - Nick Fisher; Director - Jo Johnson

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty One Shot (airs 24 October 2015)

My fears of slim pickings on the Lofty front were well-founded... super-nurse Jacob was back and making his presence felt. Here's hoping Lee's presence in next week's trailer and Dylan's return is a good sign of more screentime!

Writer - Jon Sen; Director - Steve Brett

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Flutterby (aired 17 October 2015)

Not a lot of Lofty tonight but what there was mostly involved Dylan once more, as the friendship between the two men blossoms, and was sheer delight, including perhaps my favourite Lofty line to date!

Writers - Emily Groves & Mark Catley; Director - Steve Brett

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Rules of Attraction (aired 10 October 2015)

The promise of more great Lofty/Dylan teamwork was fulfilled as they took on a domestic violence case and Dylan's directness, softened by some gentle coaching from the more intuitive Lofty, finally gains the victim's trust.

Writer - Joe Williams; Director - Diarmuid Goggins

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty All The Single Ladies (aired 3 October 2015)

The rich Lofty vein continues with Dylan and Lofty playing Holmes and Watson, working together to diagnose and treat a patient and developing a partnership (some might call it a double act!) that is a real joy to watch. Wonderful stuff.

Writer - Mark Catley; Director - Steve Hughes

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Belief (aired 26 September 2015)

Casualty showed off its strong drama roots in this ep - a hard-hitting, topical storyline, hands-on medical emergencies, real human drama... more please, BBC! And I do like 'serious Lofty' - lovely work Mr Mead.

Writer - Mark Catley; Director - Steve Hughes

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Cradle to Grave (aired 19 September 2015)

My high expectations of the scenes between Lee and William Beck were exceeded, due in part to the storyline, but mostly to the quality of the acting from both men. I think the Lofty/Dylan relationship has real 'legs', and I'm so hoping the script writers think so too!

Writer - Kelly Jones; Director - Claire Winyard

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Objectum Sexual (aired 5 September 2015)

In contrast to the high drama of recent weeks, the central storylines this week bordered on the bizarre... a woman in love with a building called for some beautifully nuanced reaction from Lofty, Lee's highly expressive face being put to very effective use.

Writer - Jeff Povey; Director - Claire Winyard

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty A Child's Heart - Part Two (aired 30 August 2015)

A taut and emotional conclusion to the two-part Series 30 opener - the beating heart of the department (aka Charlie Fairhead) looked like it might beat its last, but with Lofty at his side, the team rallying round and Connie pulling out all the stops, he lives to fight another day.

Writer - Paul Unwin; Director - Paul Unwin

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty A Child's Heart - Part One (aired 29 August 2015)

A busy, dramatic first part to this double-header Series 30 opener, with very satisfying character development for Lofty, allowing us finally to see his maturity and nursing professionalism. Bring on Part Two!

Writer - Paul Unwin; Director - Paul Unwin

CASUALTY : Series 29

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Forsaking All Others - Part Two (aired 23 August 2015)

Heartbreak, high drama and the traditional cliff-hanger in the final episode of Series 29... and as Max's best man, Lofty was central to much of the action. With the new series starting next weekend, thankfully we don't have to 'hang' for long!

Writer - Matthew Barry; Director - Julie Edwards

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Mrs Walker-To-Be (aired 22 August 2015)

In a special mini-episode aired on the BBC Red Button and iPlayer, while the girls party, Lofty and Max end up back at the ED in a scene which plays heavily on Lofty's tendency to be just a mite clumsy... and totally lovable!

Writer - Sarah Beeson; Director - John Quarrell

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Forsaking All Others - Part One (aired 22 August 2015)

In the first of the big two-part series finale - Lofty, as Max's best man, was central to one of the two story strands that pointed towards the wedding to come, as his attempts to organise the 'best stag do ever' were thwarted at every turn...

Writer - Asher Pirie; Director - Jordan Hogg

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Knock Knock Who's There? (aired 15 August 2015)

The knocks just keep on coming for Lofty this week - verbals from Dylan, a bloody nose from a patient and an apparent slight from Max... it was great to see more of him at last, all deftly played by Mr Mead.

Writers - Benedict Ayrton and Matthew Barry; Director - Julie Edwards

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Long Haul (aired 8 August 2015)

It was quality over quantity in Lofty terms this week - Lee's involvement limited to the ongoing repercussions of an indiscreet comment about Dylan, overheard by the man himself on a day when he had troubles enough already.

Writers - Steven Fay and Tony Green; Director - Sean Gleeson.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Dark Horses (aired 1 August 2015)

Still not the meaty storyline we'd like to see Lee get his teeth stuck into but definitely more Lofty than of late, if only on the edges of this week's patient action, tugging unwittingly on a couple of threads hanging loose from a fast-unravelling Dylan!

Writer - Tony McHale; Director - Sean Gleeson.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Next Step (aired 25 July 2015)

Lofty's involvement in this week's episode was largely of the 'blink and you'll miss it' variety - provider of sandwiches and assessor of hysterical schoolgirls, the latter largely as a foil for new nurse, Jacob Masters, who can best be described as annoyingly cocky!

Writer - Julie Dixon; Director - Steve Hughes.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty If You Could Bottle It (aired 18 July 2015)

New nurse, Jacob Masters played by Charles Venn, joined the cast this week in usual dramatic fashion (do they ever just hire nurses the regular way?) while Lofty, in his eagerness to party, displays a charming naievety alongside his nursing skills.

Writer - Nick Fisher; Director - Steve Hughes.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Heart Over Head (aired 4 July 2015)

He was a man of relatively few words this week but Lofty was much more in evidence than of late, working with Dylan on one of the main patient storylines. Lee and William Beck work very well together and I hope to see more of this partnership in future.

Writers - Mark Catley & Amber Trentham; Director - Claire Winyard.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty A Moment of Clarity (aired 27 June 2015)

As expected, Lee's involvement was fleeting indeed this week - no nursing at all, but a hand in scenes at either end of the episode. Nice auctioneering skills, Lofty!

Writer - Claire Miller; Director - Claire Winyard.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Golden Hours (aired 20 June 2015)

A little more Lofty this week, but still by no means enough for me! His nursing skills complemented by a little light time travel as continuity went slightly awry, and some laughs with (and at the expense of) some of his colleagues!

Writer - Jon Sen; Director - Steve Brett.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Way Home (aired 13 June 2015)

A welcome, though fleeting, return to the cast this week for Lee Mead, after the break he took from filming for panto last Christmas has worked its way through the schedules - as Robyn dips her toe in the dating pool, Lofty is there to provide moral support.

Writer - Jon Sen; Director - Steve Brett.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Department of Secrets (aired 2 May 2015)

With the main focus on the denouement of Connie's arrest, and Lofty barely involved in the two secondary patient storylines tackling child abuse and dementia, Lee's presence in this episode was fleeting - but he has at least cleared the air with Robyn and Max after last week's fall out.

Writer - Paul Matthew Thompson; Director - Simon Massey.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Rita Supremacy (aired 25 April 2015)

Lofty is still trying to let Robyn down gently but manages to do the opposite when, in showing the same compassion to a patient whose self-worth needs a boost, he is rewarded with a kiss... witnessed by Robyn! Max then adds a final nail to the coffin, calling a halt not just to any potential relationship but also, it seems, to their friendship.

Writer - Jeff Povey; Director - Sean Gleeson.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The King's Crossing (aired 18 April 2015)

Amid much drama elsewhere in the department, Lofy provides both light relief for his colleagues (and proves, as if proof were needed, that mean isn't in his make-up) and much-needed counsel to a troubled family at risk of falling apart if they can't face up to the truth.

Writer - Andy Bayliss; Director - Sean Gleeson.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Under Pressure (aired 11 April 2015)

Lofty is left holding the baby again as a young mum gives birth in the ambulance on the way to the ED. Elsewhere his confusion over Robyn's strangely erratic reactions to him grows, but Louise is starting to pick up on the romantic vibes heading the way of the as yet oblivious 'Prince Charming'!

Writer - Gail Evans; Director - Jo Johnson.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Something Borrowed, Something Blue (aired 4 April 2015)

An action-packed episode pulling together many different threads with both new patient storylines and two major ongoing staff storylines (Connie and her MND sufferer, Cal betraying and betrayed) and while there was, for me, far too little of Lofty, I do always enjoy seeing him nursing rather than clowning.

Writer - Gail Evans; Director - Jo Johnson.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Road Not Taken (aired 28 March 2015)

The second of three standalone episodes being aired in the lead up to the show's 30th Anniversary later this year. The well conceived and well executed story centred on a personal 'groundhog day' for Dr Zoe Hannah - not a huge amount of Lofty in any of the versions of her day, but a great episode nonetheless.

Writer - Barbara Machin; Director - Ian Barnes.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Toxic Relationships (aired 14 March 2015)

Connie's new rotas are taking their toll on the junior doctors, with an exhausted Lily at the heart of the continuing story and Rita organising a nurses' 'work to rule' in protest. Cal's relationships with his brother and his lover are on a collision course and, back with the patients, a hungry Lofty is left holding the baby.

Writers - Anita Pandolfo and Mark Stevenson; Director - Rebecca Gatward.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Excess Baggage (aired 7 March 2015)

Lofty seemed mostly in charge of light relief in an episode where he was not involved in either of the two main patient storylines. Instead, his action focused largely on the fate of a lottery scratchcard and what in Robyin's eyes, though less obviously in Lofty's, is the budding romance between them.

Writer - Emma Goodwin; Director - Rebecca Gatward.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Something to Live For (aired 28 February 2015)

Fairly minimal involvement from Lofty in an episode which sees three generations of a family start to heal the rift that has divided them for years, the start of a major story arc involving an eminent surgeon, now retired and suffering from MND, and light finally dawning on their ED colleagues as Zoe and Max go public.

Writer - Stephen McAteer; Director - Julie Edwards.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Sweet Little Lies (aired 21 February 2015)

Lofty trusts his nursing instincts despite Dylan's dismissive response and is eventually proved right as the two treat a social worker whose symptoms don't quite tally with her story. Elswhere, young Ellen Coulton put in a fantastic performance as a Tourette's sufferer in another of a trio of stong patient storylines this week.

Writer - Lucia Haynes; Director - Julie Edwards.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Sweetie (aired 14 February 2015)

A superbly sinister performance from Marcia Warren as a high-profile criminal at the heart of the week's main storyline made for a totally gripping episode despite the distinct lack of Lofty gracing our screens. What there was of him centred mostly on Valentine fluffery.

Writer - Sally Abbott; Director - Michael Owen Morris.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Front Line (aired 7 February 2015)

With chaos reigning in the ED and an inspection team taking careful note, Lofty had his own problems to deal with... a fear of clowns stemming from a traumatic childhood encounter, giving Lee a great opportinity to flex his acting muscles (and show off his juggling skills!).

Writer - Joe Williams; Director - Michael Owen Morris.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty What a Difference a Day Makes (aired 31 January 2015)

This episode rounded off a full sweep of January episodes for Lofty, who is now very much part of the fabric of the ED. His straight-talking helps to break through a father's stubborn resolve, reuniting a family broken apart by grief.

Writer - Suzie Smith; Director - David Innes Edwards.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Last Goodbye (aired 24 January 2015)

Lofty's character is rounding out nicely as we see more focus on the attributes that make him a good nurse rather than the occasional clumsiness that amuses his colleagues so. This week, his instincts see through to the truth despite a mother's unfounded concerns that her daughter is being abused.

Writers - Mark Catley and Tom Higgins; Director - David Innes Edwards.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Muddling Through (aired 17 January 2015)

Lofty was more involved with the staff than the patients this week, offering moral support to Robyn as she strove to do something more for her patients than simply patch them up and send them on their way... as he did so, we first see that look in her eyes that says she thinks of him as more than just a friend.

Writer - Gillian Richmond; Director - David Beauchamp.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Clinging On (aired 10 January 2015)

Not a huge amount of Lofty gracing our screens this week, but what there was was pure class. More 'character' is being given to the character each week, and it's great to see Lee getting the chance to extend his acting range beyond 'clumsy but lovable' and 'empathetic and caring' to embrace the cheekier side of that personality.

Writer - Kit Lambert; Director - David Tucker.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Next Year's Words (aired 3 January 2015)

Several highly emotional storylines ran through this episode, with Lofty pulling all the strands together through the recording of the staff's New Year resolutions ... they say never act with children or animals but so far Lee as Lofty has managed both, first in the puppy ep, and now with tonight's baby!

Writer - Kelly Jones; Director - David Tucker.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Solomon's Song (aired 13 December 2014)

Lofty, in thoughtful mode, tried to get through to a hypothermic, lonely and loincloth-clad patient who thought he was Jesus, even earning himself a 'you did good' from Lily Chao despite her initial caution to him not to get too involved. They missed a trick with the karaoke though - a mic but no sound for Lofty!

Writer - Jeff Povey; Director - Steve Brett.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Feeling Good (aired 6 December 2014)

Lofty's 'way with the ladies' was found somewhat wanting in tonight's episode, which marked the start of a major romantic story arc for Cal, but the sight of him in a reindeer onesie, complete with fairy-lit antlers and clutching a sack of presents for the children's ward, would win me over every time!

Writer - Matthew Barry; Director - Steve Brett.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Losing Grip (aired 29 November 2014)

Lofty wasn't involved in any of the patient storylines in tonight's episode but got roped into kiddie daycare as the ongoing saga of Connie's daughter further unravelled and joined Cal, Max and an 'out of his comfort zone' Ethan on a lads' night out, culminating in an unexpectedly short-lived visit to a strip club!

Writer - Asher Pirie; Director - Julie Edwards.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Asylum (aired 22 November 2014)

Lee featured in the one for which this episode was named - that of a young woman seeking asylum. It showed Lofty's serious side once more, but there was also the first inkling of things to come between Lofty, or should I say Ben, and Dylan as the latter made his presence felt on another locum shift in the Department.

Writer - Henrietta Hardy; Director - Julie Edwards.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Deadfall (aired 15 November 2014)

The first of a number of 'Casualty noir' standalone episodes revolved around Dr Lily Chao (Crystal Yu), involved two unexplained deaths and took the regular characters into darker realms than they usually tread. Lofty helped Lily understand what was happening in a somewhat unexpected way and was there when it counted as the mystery unravelled.

Writer - David Innes Edwards; Director - David Innes Edwards.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Entrenched (aired 1 November 2014)

Aired this week was the World War I commemorative storyline spoken of by series producer, Erika Hossington, in a recent interview - it allowed for some powerful themes in which Lofty was centrally involved. Principled, caring, brave... Lofty was heroic and Lee delivered a beautifully pitched performance.

Writer - Dale Overton; Director - Matthew Evans.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Return to Sender (aired 25 October 2014)

The 'clumsy Lofty' theme continued at the start of tonight's episode, although to be fair 'accident prone' would be a better description on this occasion... it gave rise to a couple of good comedy moments, but it was the more serious storyline Lofty was involved in that allowed Lee's acting skills to really come to the fore.

Writer - Matthew Barry; Director - Matthew Evans.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Index Case (aired 18 October 2014)

More 'mini-Sherlocking' from Lofty in tonight's episode as his concern for an elderly patient in his care led him to suspect there was more to the gentleman's distress than simply confusion stemming from an old brain injury.

Writer - Steve Bailie; Director - Joss Agnew.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Last Call (aired 11 October 2014)

With colleagues past and present gathered to say farewell to paramedic Jeff Collier (Matt Bardock), Lofty's treatment of an OCD sufferer offered a welcome counterpoint to the emotionally-charged main storyline - and it was good to have the chance to see how natural and believable Lee's 'nursing skills' have become since he first joined the cast.

Writer - Emma Goodwin; Director - Steve Hughes.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Born Lucky (aired 4 October 2014)

Tension in the ED as half its doctors are involved in a road accident which was to have tragic consequences - Lofty was only peripherally involved with the main action but provided a thread of light relief through the episode as he enjoyed a reprieve (sadly only temporarily) from his usual clumsiness!

Writer - Kevin Rundle; Director - Steve Hughes.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Go Out and Get Busy (aired 27 September 2014)

Lofty's character has been allowed to develop slowly and tonight we saw plenty of the humour we have seen before, but also a touching vulnerability stemming from his desire to please and a steely determination to do the right thing by his patients, and his colleagues, regardless of the personal consequences.

Writer - Matthew Barry; Director - Nigel Douglas.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Home (aired 20 September 2014)

Lofty helps a young lad who arrived in the ED in great pain and considerable distress. Much as I like 'clumsy Lofty' and the scope it gives Lee to demonstrate his fabulous comic timing, it was very satisfying to see him give the character more depth, demonstrating the compassion and nursing skills we have glimpsed relatively briefly in earlier episodes.

Writer - Mark Catley; Director - Joss Agnew.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Fallen Stars (aired 6 September 2014)

Lofty was in the house (department, anyway) but only fleetingly, book-ending the episode with a brief scene with Robyn, Max and Noel at the beginning and an even briefer one with the same characters at the end.

Writer - Anita Pandolfo; Director - David Innes Edwards.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Learning to Fly (aired 30 August 2014)

Charlie returns from New Zealand but isn't quite himself - Lofty both helps him out and ultimately questions whether it might be time for him to think of retirement...! The 'mini-Sherlock' skills that Lee has mentioned in interviews also came to the fore in diagnosing a mystery illness.

Writer - Tony McHale; Director - Nigel Douglas.

CASUALTY : Series 28

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty A Life Less Lived (aired 23 August 2014)

By the time of this series finale (though with the new one kicking off next week, it wasn't of the old-time big-bang cliff-hanger variety!) Lofty is a well-established presence in the ED, showing there is rather more to him than the 'clumsy Lofty' that has been seen so much to date, and feeling very much part of the team.

Writer - Patrick Homes; Director - Graeme Harper.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Sicilian Defence (aired 16 August 2014)

A light episode for Lofty again this week (in terms of workload, rather than content), with a more serious side of his character beginning to show through in his concern for both his patients and his colleagues.

Writer - Paul Matthew Thompson; Director - Graeme Harper.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Love You Take (aired 9 August 2014)

Lofty is featured more prominently than we have seen him for a while, helping Cal to treat an autistic patient. His character is slowly being fleshed out too in his interactions with the rest of the ED team - the clumsiness that was evident from the start as endearing as his eagerness to please and his cheeky humour.

Writer - Kelly Jones; Director - Richard Platt.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty First Impressions (aired 12 July 2014)

While more involved than in previous weeks, Lofty was still not central to any storylines. He's becoming the nurse that pops up everywhere around the department, which in itself is no bad thing, but it's rather like being shown the specials board in a restaurant and then being told that all the dishes are off the menu!

Writer - Claire Miller; Director - Richard Platt.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty In The Name of Love (aired 6 July 2014)

For me, this was the first episode in which Lofty felt like part of the fabric of the ED - while not part of any of the major storylines tonight, he was a constant presence in the department, both at bed and trolley-side, and in the inter-staff exchanges that stitch the main themes together.

Writer - Patrea Smallacombe; Director - Simon Massey.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Falling (aired 22 June 2014)

In an episode where the main action was elsewhere, at the scene of a dramatic cliff-side helicopter crash, Lofty was a man of few words but nonetheless very evident around the department, demonstrating (amongst other things) that he has now mastered the essential skill of walking alongside a fast-moving trolley.

Writer - Sally Abbott; Director - Jon Sen.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Unhinged (aired 14 June 2014)

It was real 'blink and you'll miss it' stuff for Lofty this week - a brief exchange with Connie and an even briefer comedy moment with a mop and bucket (for once, he didn't fall over it!) - thankfully this little screen time has been a rarity.

Writers - Sasha Hails and Mark Catley; Director - Jon Sen.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Dying Game (aired 7 June 2014)

Lofty returns! Going in to check rotas ahead of his first shift, he volunteers for immediate duty when a major incident demands all hands on deck. It was also good to see Lee reunited with his first Joseph Narrator, Preeya Kalidas, who was playing one of the patients this week.

Writer - Steve Bailie; Director - Julie Edwards.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Carrot Not Stick (aired 26 April 2014)

Ever since clips of 'the puppy episode' had aired in the winter trailer, we'd been eagerly anticipating this one - Dixie and Lofty take a road trip to the seaside to give a young patient the chance to say goodbye to his dying mother. Breaking all the rules, it led neatly to a banishment to Minor Injuries for Lofty, neatly covering his panto filming break!

Writer - Nick Fisher; Director - Steve Hughes.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty When Nothing Else Matters (aired 19 April 2014)

This week gave us the briefest involvement yet for Lofty, all of it 'off site' at a party back at the house he shares with Robyn and Max ... still, he was wearing a nice check shirt, busted a few moves and played his part in the almost inevitable 'something goes wrong' scene quite beautifully!

Writer - Mark Stevenson; Director - Ashley Way.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Quiet Man (aired 5 April 2014)

Lofty has a somewhat unfragrant, local 'character' to deal with this week, and is helped by Big Mac who shares both his 'Vick-smeared mask' tip for dealing with the smell and his sign language skills to find out what's wrong with the patient.

Writer - Jason Sutton; Director - Simon Massey.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Lies We Tell (aired 22 March 2014)

With a lorry driver, an undercover copper and his unsuspecting animal rights activist girlfriend in resuss, Lofty appeared in a lot of background shots (and even background dialogue at one point) but otherwise his action this week was limited to a couple of short scenes with Max and Robyn book-ending the episode.

Writer - Henrietta Hardy; Director - Lee Haven-Jones.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Gravity (aired 15 March 2014)

With the main action taking place in the ambulance bay where Iain and an injured Big Mac are being held hostage, there were only fleeting glimpses this week of Lofty around the department - a little light nursing, a little more gossiping, he's settling in nicely!

Writer - Stephen McAteer; Director - Paul Murphy.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty Survivor's Guilt (aired 8 March 2014)

Lofty comes back to the ED for a shift as an agency nurse, showing he's more than just a pretty face with a ready smile and impressing with his nursing instincts, earning himself the chance of a permanent job in the department... despite a continuing tendency towards occasional clumsiness!

Writer - Kevin Rundle; Director - Paul Murphy.

Lee Mead as Nurse Lofty, BBC Casualty The Last Chance Saloon (aired 1 March 2014)

The storyline that gave the viewers their first introduction to Ben Chiltern, later discovered to be Nurse Ben Chiltern, also gave the character the nickname by which he is now best known - 'Lofty'. Dropping (literally) on to our Saturday night TV screens, Lee Mead made a great first impression in his first regular TV role.

Writer - Matthew Berry; Director - Reza Moradi.

CASUALTY : Series 26 (guest episode)

Lee Mead as Harry Timms, BBC Casualty Starting Out (aired 20 August 2011)

Lee played teaching assistant, Harry Timms, on his first day at Farmead Academy, where trouble flared between challenging pupil, Lee Stark (Daniel Anthony) and his teacher (Pooky Quesnel), leaving Harry struggling to reconcile his loyalty to a colleague with his responsibility to a pupil.

Writer - Tim Baker; Director - Declan O'Dwyer.

Last updated: 17 August 2017
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