AN actor is returning to TV’s Casualty for the fifth time in his career.
Leigh’s Will Travis will head to the BBC studio in Cardiff next month to film an episode of the hospital drama, which will be shown later this year.
The 44-year-old will play a security guard who suspects his son has eczema. He takes him to hospital, but drags him away so he can get back to work, for fear of facing the sack, which has disastrous consequences.
And for Will, who has appeared in programmes including Where The Heart Is, Holby City, This is England 88, The Syndicate and Shameless, this is familiar territory.
Will said: “I have played different Casualty characters each time. My first was in 1999, where I was a football hooligan and had a snooker cue pushed through me. The next never actually got shown as I played a plumber married to a mid-op transsexual. I don’t think the British public was ready for that. Then I was a lorry driver who killed someone in an accident. My last time I played a dad whose son had a hereditary illness and he realised he wasn’t really biologically his.”
Will, who runs stage school A Will and A Way, plus theatre company Stolen Thread, both in Leigh, will film the episode between February 3 and 14. He has also been involved in a BBC Radio 3 literary show, The Verb, which includes poetry, performances and new writing.
He said there is a chance of other roles soon too: “This is England and The Mill are all coming out again this year, which I was in, so I could be back on those, but who knows? There is also a possibility of a play coming up later this year.”
He has also been busy fund-raising for Leigh teenager Corey Peyton, who was hurt in a swimming accident.