Casualty announces first transgender character in continuing role on BBC show

The BBC has announced Casualty will feature its first transgender character in a continuing role on the hit show.

Sah Brockner, played by Arin Smethurst, will join the long-running series with their first scenes airing later this month.

Sah, who is transgender and non-binary, is the latest recruit to the paramedic team at Holby City Hospital.

They will work alongside Jan, played by Di Botcher, Teddy, starring Milo Clarke, as well as Iain, who Michael Stevenson plays.

BBC One bosses say Sah is a "cool character" who dislikes being publicly vulnerable and does their best not to be seen as trying hard.

However, they will meet their match when working with boss Jan, who is keen to discover their big heart beneath the cold exterior.

Smethurst, who goes by they/them pronouns, said: “I am honoured to be joining the spectacular Casualty family as a shiny new paramedic.

“I’m so excited to portray this transgender, non-binary, salty but fiercely compassionate character. and hope they are not only well-received, but also a source of awareness for those who have never met someone like me. I can’t wait for you to meet Sah!”

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Arin's role in Casualty will be their TV debut, after graduating from Rose Bruford College in Sidcup last year.

Prior to the BBC series, the actor appeared in several theatre productions.

Deborah Sathe, senior executive producer of Casualty and Holby City, said: “We are delighted to welcome Arin to the Casualty family and launch our new paramedic Sah for the Saturday-night audience.

“Sah will get themselves into all sorts of professional adventures whilst masking their own personal sorrow. In a world where our privacy is something to be treasured, will Sah be able to keep theirs?”

Casualty is Smethurst’s first television role, after having graduated from Rose Bruford College in Sidcup last year.

The series, which tells the story of life in Holby City Hospital, began in 1986 and has been one of the BBC's most popular shows over the past four decades.

The hospital-based drama has previously touched on issues impacting the trans community and had trans actors in cameo roles.

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