BBC Holby City: Your Fave Characters Then & Now

By Ciara

27th February 2019

BBC Holby City: What Do The Characters Look Like Now?

Following the success BBC’s hit medical drama, Casualty, executive producers decided to start a spin-off show, BBC Holby City.

Starting in 1999, the show has been on our screens for over 20 years! That’s a lot of health issues (for both staff and patients) and also a lot of time to age.

Holby City had famous faces before Dominic Copeland (David Ames), Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel) and Ange Godard (Dawn Steele) became series regulars. This is what your fave stars look like now…

Victoria Merrick (Lisa Faulkner) – THEN

BBC Holby City Victoria THEN

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Victoria had many storylines whilst on the medical drama series, including being addicted to amphetamines. She was the shows first regular character to be killed off the show – the father of a patient of Victoria’s stabbed her as he believed his daughter’s death was her fault!

Since Holby City, Lisa has gone on to star in other TV series such as Spooks, Eastenders and was the winner of the 2010 series of Celebrity Masterchef.

Nowadays, Lisa has got engaged to Masterchef judge John Torode and the pair have their own TV show, John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen.

Lisa Faulkner (Victoria Merrick) – NOW


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Percy ‘Abra’ Durant (Ade Edmondson) – THEN

BBC Holby City Abra THEN

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Abra had a very turbulent time at Holby City Hospital. He was initially a bit of a troublemaker – although he was always doing it for the greater good – but we also saw him struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ade has been married to fellow comedian, Jennifer Saunders since 1985 and together the couple have three daughters and three grandchildren.

Like Lisa, Abe is also set to star in Eastenders; you might also recognise him from War and Peace and the movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Ade Edmondson (Percy ‘Abra’ Durant) – NOW

Chrissie Williams (Tina Hobley) – THEN

BBC Holby City Chrissie THEN

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Over her 12 years on the show, Chrissie had some EXPLOSIVE storylines… the majority of which included men!

Tina decided to leave the show, stating:

‘I have loved playing Chrissie Williams for the past 12 years but I’m also looking forward to getting my teeth in to some other characters and new roles’.

Since Holby, Tina has presented Smooth Radio at 4pm on weekdays and at 10am on Sundays.

Tom Campbell-Gore (Denis Lawson) – THEN

BBC Holby City Tom THEN

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Tom was first brought in to look at the efficiency of the cardiothoracic centre, which he would end up being the Lead Consultant of.

Despite leaving the show in 2004, Tom was brought back in 2019 for the show’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

You will probably recognise Denis from his role as Wedge Antilles in the Star Wars films!

Denis Lawson (Tom Campbell-Gore) – NOW

BBC Holby City Tom NOW

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Jasmine Hopkins (Angela Griffin) – THEN

BBC Holby City Jasmine THEN

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Jasmine was in the show from the very first episode until the end of series three. She has many storylines, including being stabbed in the heart (and surviving), having a miscarriage and having an affair!

After Holby City, Angela went on to star in other BBC dramas such as Cutting It and Waterloo Road.

More recently, she starred in the Canadian drama The Detail and the Netflix show, Turn Up Charlie.

Julie Fitzjohn (Nicola Stephenson) – THEN

BBC Holby City Julie THEN

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Julie is one of Holby’s initial staff nurses. She was best friends with fellow nurse, Jasmine, however, the pair got into a disagreement after they both went for the same promotion and Jasmine was offered the role.

You may know Nicola best for being part of Britain’s first ever pre-watershed kiss on the show Brookside; the kiss went on to define Nicola and co-star Anna Friel’s careers for a long time.

Most recently she has starred on Emmerdale as Tess Harris and in The Worst Witch as Julie Hubble.

Nicola Stephenson (Julie Fitzjohn) – NOW

Sam Strachan (Tom Chambers) – THEN

BBC Holby City Sam THEN

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Sam did not waste time when he started at Holby. Within the first few months we saw him have a child with Connie Beauchamp – AKA his BOSS – he also had relationships with Chrissie, Faye, Maddy and Zoe!

However, after his diagnosis of stage three blood cancer, we see him alter his perspective on life.

Tom went on to win the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing and star in the BBC drama Waterloo Road. He now continues to mix love of acting AND dancing by starring in musicals; the most recent one being, Crazy For You.

Tom Chambers (Sam Strachan) – NOW

BBC Holby City Sam NOW

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Tash Bandara (Thusitha Jayasundera) – THEN

BBC Holby City Tash THEN

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Tash definitely caused some drama in the hospital!

It was revealed that before she started her job at Holby, she was in a relationship with Kirstie! Tash also came into conflict with Jasmine – saying that she didn’t deserve her job role!

Tash did experience some heartbreak throughout the series. She discovered that her father had alzheimer’s disease and that her ex-girlfriend is dying from aids complications!

Thusitha Jayasundera (Tash Bandara) – NOW

BBC Holby City Tash NOW

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Anton Meyer (George Irving) – THEN

BBC Holby City Anton THEN

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Anton was the head of the cardiothoracic  surgery department at Holby City.

George actually had a lot of input into his character, even going as far as changing the producers minds about where Anton came from!

Anton was a straight-talking guy who liked to take risks… which the hospital did NOT like!

He had many major storylines like operating on his own sister, the murder of his daughter, Victoria… then being stuck in a lift with her killer and losing his spleen!

George Irving (Anton Meyer) – NOW

BBC Holby City Anton NOW

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Alex Adams (Jeremy Sheffield) – THEN

BBC Holby City Alex THEN

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Alex is introduced to the show as the protégé of his former mentor, Anton.

Like Anton, Alex is very passionate about work, often putting it before relationships. He finally puts his guard down for his girlfriend, Victoria – AKA Anton’s daughter – but when she is murdered his cynical nature prevails.

You may recognise Jeremy from his appearance in the Channel 4 soap, Hollyoaks. He played Patrick Blake from October 2012 – January 2016.

Jeremy Sheffield (Alex Adams) – NOW

BBC Holby City Alex NOW

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