[email protected]: Why is Duffy leaving Casualty?

Lisa “Duffy” Duffin (played by Cathy Shipton) has been in Casualty since the very first episode which was shown in 1986. However, last year Duffy was diagnosed with dementia on the BBC One medical drama and in tonight’s (Saturday, February 1), things will go from bad to worse for the beloved nurse. So why is Duffy leaving the series?

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Actress Shipton has been playing Duffy over a number of stints for the past three decades.

She has had an ongoing love story with Charlie Fairhead (Derek Thompson) who has also been in the show since it first began in the 80s and the pair got married in 2017.

However, in 2019 Shipton announced she would be leaving the show for good.

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Duffy dementia casualtyWhy is Duffy leaving Casualty? (Image: BBC)

Casualty duffy charlieDuffy was diagnosed with dementia last year to hers and Charlie's shock. (Image: BBC)

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Why is Duffy leaving Casualty?

Shipton left the series for a while and made her return in 2016.

But the actress said she knew she didn’t want to stay long-term in Casualty.

This, partnered with the heartbreaking storyline where Duffy would get dementia, meant Shipton’s exit from the show has been in the works for the past couple of years.

Dementia duffy charlie casualtyIn tonight's (Saturday, February 1) episode, Duffy goes missing in the snow and Charlie is desperate to find her. (Image: BBC)

Duffy charlie married casualtyDuffy and Charlie got married on Casualty in 2017. (Image: BBC)

Speaking to Digital Spy, Shipton said: “There was a movement between the show to take on long lead stories - stories that

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