Who did Casualty actor Philip Wright play on EastEnders?

EastEnders fans will spot a familiar face in the emergency department on Casualty this weekend when Marty Kirkby’s dad Graham turns up with a grisly bench-saw injury.

In the past, Graham has been seen exhibiting homophobic views and rejecting son Marty (Shaheen Jafargholi) after the staff nurse came out to him. But an effort to build bridges in the latest episode of the BBC1 medical drama will coincide with Graham slicing his finger off in a DIY accident.

Graham’s blood-soaked emergency marks actor Philip Wright’s eighth appearance in the role and comes following a stint on EastEnders playing DI Steve Thompson, the Walford copper with the vendetta against the Mitchells who embroiled Callum (Tony Clay) in an underhand scheme to nail Phil (Steve McFadden).

Known affectionately by fans as “DI Lemsip” due to his distinctive hoarse vocal delivery, Thompson was seen crossing swords not only with the Mitchell clan, but also with Stuart Highway (Ricky Champ), who for a time was suspected of having bumped the bent copper off.

But Thompson was last seen earlier this month alive and well, as he handed over evidence he’d secured against Phil to fellow police officer Jack Branning (Scott Maslen).

Philip Wright’s career on screen dates back to 1980 when he appeared as a principal dancer in the movie version of Fame. He followed this debut with roles opposite Helen Mirren in the first three Prime Suspect cases (as DC Lillie) and appearances in everything from Line of Duty to Call the Midwife by way of Good Omens and Doctor Foster.

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