Casualty star Charlotte Salt talks about her character, Major Sam Nicholls

Casualty star Charlotte Salt has been telling What’s On TV magazine a little more about her character, Major Sam Nicholls, and about how she visited with real army medics as research for the role.

She began by explaining how Sam ends up in the casualty department.

She said, “She’s just returned from a tour of Afghanistan with the army and now she’s doing a secondment at an NHS hospital.

“She’s very keen and even turns up a day early to go out with a paramedic crew. She’s ‘action girl’ tough and always wants to save the day…

”She manages to get everyone’s back up, particularly Doctor Jordan, on her very first day! She’s definitely fun to play, though.

“I don’t want her to come across just as a kind of war machine. I hope people will respect her energy and enthusiasm.”

And when asked if viewers will learn more about Sam’s army background, Charlotte said, “Yes, the horrors of her past in Afghanistan do come back to haunt her.

“When you’ve worked in a war zone with young people having their limbs blown off every day, you just have to get on with it.

“So to then find yourself in Holby dealing with sprained ankles, it’s very hard to adapt.”

Of her research for the role, Charlotte said, “The producers put me in touch with some army medics. One guy had been in Afghanistan working on helicopters picking up wounded solders from the field.

“It’s unbelievably tragic. How do you switch off from that? Because the work is so traumatic you need a break.

“That’s why my character is spending nine months with the NHS.”

And finally, when asked how long Charlotte expects to be with the show, she said, “I’m on contract for a year so we’ll take it from there.

“Sam could go back to Afghanistan or stay on in Holby. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Casualty continues on Saturdays on BBC1.

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