Cathy, who originally played nurse Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin when the show started on BBC1 in 1986, will feature in the long-running medical drama’s 1000th episode, aptly titled History Repeating on Sunday, June 26.
Speaking about her return Cathy, said: “After returning last year for episodes 1 and 2 of series 30, many asked if Duffy was sticking around long-term and I replied ‘the door is wonderfully wide open!’
“Well, the response was so positive that I’ve stepped right through and am thrilled to be back on the show!”
Cathy’s return isn’t a simple cameo either, as the character is going to be heavily involved in the much-anticipated 30th anniversary episode in August, which will spell the beginning of a permanent return for Duffy.
Cathy said: “The future looks very exciting for Duffy both professionally and personally, and I am equally excited to be working with such a talented and creative team of actors, writers, directors and producers.”
Casualty’s executive producer Oliver Kent added: “All of us at Casualty are incredibly excited that the fabulous Cathy Shipton has agreed to bring Duffy back to the Emergency Department.
“We know our viewers loved her brief return last year and now it’s completely thrilling to have her with us full-time. The dream team of Charlie and Duffy are back together again. Long live Chuffy.”
What’s on TV will be talking to Cathy in the very near future, so stay tuned for an interview soon.