Abi Titmuss lands 'Casualty' role – Daily TV round-up

Former glamour model and presenter Abi Titmuss has landed a role on 'Casualty'.

The former girlfriend of TV presenter John Leslie was previously an NHS nurse and will appear on the medical drama this weekend.

She said that the role was awarded to her 'on merit', and that her past incarnations as a model and adult TV channel host had hindered rather than helped her get the part.

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“I worked in casualty as a student and as senior staff nurse on an emergency unit. A lot of the script is medical jargon, which I understand, so that really took me back,” she said.

“I’ve held someone while they died and it was a privilege to do so. Those sorts of experiences I had as a nurse put everything into perspective.

“I don’t expect my name to open doors - in fact, in TV it absolutely closes them - but I got this part on merit, despite the fact it was me.” [Radio Times]

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