Casualty fan favourite is unrecognisable 24 years after emotional BBC show exit

Former Casualty fans' favourite Jonathan Kerrigan looks unrecognisable from his time on the BBC medical drama in the late 1990s.

Appearing as nurse Sam Colloby, the now 50-year old was known for his bleach-blonde hair, somewhat of a craze amongst many men at the time. Since then Jonathan has gone on to star in a number of shows on both sides of the Atlantic in a career spanning 27 years.

He made his screen debut in the video for the Chemical Brothers' single, Life Is Sweet, and can also boast roles in Heartbeat and Death in Paradise on his CV. But it's perhaps his position in Holby General's A&E department that he is best known.

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Character Sam was handed several major storylines throughout his four-series stay, many of which focussed on his sexuality including dramatic scenes that saw his realisation that his boyfriend was having an affair with a car crash victim.

Later, 1960s Yorkshire police drama Heartbeat saw Jonathan feature in 72 episodes up until 2007, at which point he headed to the US to make a name for himself in NCIS.

Away from work the star is married to Shelley Conn, who starred as Lady Mary Sharma in Netflix's hit period drama, Bridgerton. The couple share a son, born in 2012.

The couple have also appeared as an on-screen husband and wife too. In the aforementioned Death in Paradise, which also stars Ralf Little of Royle Family fame, Jonathan and Shelly were cast as Xander and Marina Shepherd.

Casualty recently hit the headlines after a broadcasting boob landed the Beeb in trouble with Ofcom over an expletive that aired outside of the 9pm watershed. Viewers of the programme complained after the word "f***ing" appearing on screens on TV channel Drama at 10am on June 12.

The episode in question, which was a repeat of a regular evening broadcast, didn't include any audio of the word, but it was still enough to prompt a number of viewers to take action. Following an investigation, meanwhile, Ofcom ruled on September 11 that the series had breached rules by permitting the "most offensive language on television before the watershed".

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UKTV Media, which holds Casualty's broadcasting licence, has since apologised in response for the incident, admitting that the episode was "incorrectly subtitled", whilst staff at fault are to undergo a period of retraining.

A statement from UKTV read: "This subtitling error occurred due to human error, and we apologise for any offence caused. We have comprehensive guidance in place, which has been reshared with the subtitling team. We take our commitment to providing subtitling for our viewers extremely seriously.

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