Casualty star says coronavirus death episode 'brought back painful memories'

Casualty star Charles Venn struggled to watch the powerful episode about the coronavirus pandemic as it ‘brought back painful memories’ for him and his family.

The hour-long episode followed the ED in the early days of the pandemic as they struggled with the overwhelming amount of patients as well as their own fears for themselves and their loved ones.

Like many viewers Charles, who plays Jacob, found it tough viewing as did his wife who had a heart-breaking personal experience with Covid-19.

Speaking on Tuesday’s Lorraine he said: ‘My wife, it was a bit more of a personal touch for her unfortunately her first cousin died from this wretched disease, so it was definitely a tough, tough watch. It brought back some sad and painful memories.

‘It does tackle these real issues. Most of the scenarios if not virtually all of them have happened before but of course you do dramatise it to give it the entertainment factor.’

Further tragedy struck when one of their number Noel (Tony Marshall) sadly lost his life to the virus.

Speaking of the shock character death, Charles said: ‘Tony Marshall – he’s been part of the show for 12 years, so we were devastated.’

The actor also urged people to ‘follow the guidelines’ until we get through the worst.

He added: ‘That’s the magic of Casualty – we do inform, but we do entertain as well. We want to make sure everyone just follows the guidelines. We’ve seen now it’s beyond doubt this virus kills, so we have adhere to these rules as much as we can until this nightmare comes to an end.

‘Authenticity is everything and one of the wonderful responses we got from the first episode is it was very accurate to real life from face masks to the fatigue, the stress.’

Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.

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