‘Really sad to see it go’ Holby City legend Amanda Mealing speaks out after shows axe

Casualty: Amanda Mealing discusses decision to leave show

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Amanda Mealing, 54, has shared her thoughts on Holby City coming to an end after 23 years in a candid interview with Express.co.uk. The star was also keen to talk about her work with WaterAid, as she recently handed in a letter to Downing Street signed by nearly 20,000 people addressing our growing climate crisis. 

Amanda left Casualty back in April, as her character Connie Beauchamp made her shock exit from the show, leaving fans reeling. 

The star decided she wanted a break from acting and, with some directing experience already under her belt from working in her production company, landed a gig on Coronation Street. 

However, the actress has since given her thoughts on the end of Casualty’s sister show Holby City and whether her character Connie might make a return before the curtain falls once and for all. 

On the axe of Holby City she said: “It’s really sad. It’s the birthplace of Connie so it’s really sad to see it go.

“I had hoped to make a trip back there, but they very quickly need to round up all the storylines. 

“I think it was difficult to try and squeeze a Connie storyline in there. 

“So unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it back before the doors close for the final time,” she concluded. 

When asked if she would be making a comeback to Casualty any time soon, the actress revealed that she was indeed coming back, but to direct – however, the soap star also teased a possible Connie appearance.

“I’m actually going back to direct at the beginning of next year,” she revealed. 

“It’s not that long away. I keep thinking, ‘Oh it’s next year’, but it’s a couple of months.”

She went on to allude to an acting return as well, saying “I’m going to have a powwow with the bosses on Friday and see what we can do about going back, maybe.”

Amanda then went on to hint at which two storylines she might be involved in directing on Casualty next year. 

“I’ve asked for Michael Stevenson, who plays Iain the paramedic,” the star revealed. 

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“He and I bumped into each other recently. He said, ‘Oh please make sure I’ve got a big storyline in it’. 

“So out of the two of them I know I’ve bagsied a storyline with him, so I get to work with him, which will be nice.”

Amanda has also been incredibly busy campaigning for charity WaterAid, delivering an open letter written by Burkina Faso representative Basile Ouedraogo to Number 10, which was signed by nearly 20,000 people. 

The letter, which was written ahead of the COP26 summit tomorrow, outlines the devastation felt by the poorest communities who get the brunt of our ever-worsening climate crisis, despite not having the resources to deal with its severe effects. 

The letter called for the government to ensure a third of their international climate fund went to local projects in the most vulnerable parts of Africa, including those that are subjected to flooding and drought.

Amanda said: “It’s about helping those communities adapt, because not only are they the poorest communities that are already struggling with clean water issues, but they are now on the frontline of the climate crisis – they’re the ones that have been impacted first and hardest.”

Speaking about the “amazing” people she met on her trip to Ghana in “the most devastating situations” she continued: “It’s heartbreaking, because water is such a simple thing and such a basic need for everyone.

“I mean, it is an injustice. It’s not right and it’s not fair that anyone should be living in that kind of situation – but it is something that can be rectified.”

An incredible 19,148 celebrities, cross-party politicians and WaterAid supporters have added their names to Basile’s open letter to join OurClimateFight, calling on Boris Johnson and Liz Truss to listen to the people who are most affected by climate change.

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