Ca­su­alty’s Amanda Meal­ing

Ca­su­alty star Amanda Meal­ing names the for­mi­da­ble char­ac­ters even Con­nie Beauchamp would be scared to ar­gue with…

TV Times - - News - Emma Bul­limore

Ca­su­alty’s Con­nie Beauchamp has had a trau­matic year, re­cov­er­ing from the car crash that nearly killed her and left her daugh­ter, Grace, with life-chang­ing in­juries. Then she split up with part­ner Ja­cob be­fore Grace’s dad Sam made her reap­ply for her own job!

It’s enough to make mere mor­tals feel like giv­ing up. But un­flap­pable Clin­i­cal Lead Con­nie just dusts her­self off and car­ries on, strut­ting around the ED in her skyscraper heels and dish­ing out killer glares.

‘I ab­so­lutely love her when she’s cut­ting peo­ple down to size!’ smiles Amanda Meal­ing, 50, who orig­i­nally played the heart sur­geon in Holby City be­fore join­ing the ED.

‘I think the Holby au­di­ence were more used to that side of Con­nie, they never saw her be­ing vul­ner­a­ble, whereas we’ve done the op­po­site on Ca­su­alty – it’s all been about her per­sonal life. So I def­i­nitely want to bring the ice maiden back. She de­liv­ers some amaz­ing quips and put-downs – it’s re­ally en­joy­able to play!’

Con­nie’s been sav­ing her best lines for Sam of late (don’t ex­pect that to stop, de­spite their re­cent en­counter), but Amanda hopes some­one more acer­bic will turn up to keep her on her toes. ‘Con­nie’s at her best when she’s got a spar­ring part­ner,’ she says.

Here, Amanda gives us four fic­tional al­pha fe­males who would more than hold their own when faced with Con­nie…

Stand by for a clas­sic Ca­su­alty event that would never hap­pen in re­al­ity. Max, who has never or­gan­ised any­thing suc­cess­fully in his life, de­cides, in the morn­ing, to run a speed-dat­ing event that lunchtime, mainly fea­tur­ing peo­ple he al­ready knows. Every­one is able to get spruced up, slap on the make-up and take an ex­tended break to nip over to the pub… even Dy­lan.

It’s good fun, if not very be­liev­able! Mean­while, Sam is still flirt­ing with Con­nie, but she in­sists their clinch last week was a mis­take – and the spec­tre of the El­lis­son fam­ily causes even more trou­ble for Mickey and Jez.

Ca­su­alty SATUR­DAY / BBC1 / 9.00PM

Con­nie and Sam get up close and per­sonal

Dy­lan’s clearly

hav­ing a bril­liant time

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