Former “Casualty” Star Jonathan Kerrigan’s Dramatic Transformation

Jonathan Kerrigan’s Remarkable Transformation from “Casualty” Icon

Former “Casualty” fans will be astounded by the dramatic transformation of Jonathan Kerrigan, who was a beloved figure on the BBC medical drama in the late 1990s.

Portraying the character of nurse Sam Colloby, the now 50-year-old actor was widely recognized for his distinctive bleach-blonde hair, which was something of a trend among many men during that era.

However, since his time on “Casualty,” Jonathan’s career has taken him on a journey that spans 27 years and includes appearances on both sides of the Atlantic.

A Career Spanning Nearly Three Decades

Jonathan Kerrigan made his debut on the screen in the music video for the Chemical Brothers’ single, “Life Is Sweet.”

Subsequently, he added notable roles in popular series like “Heartbeat” and “Death in Paradise” to his impressive résumé.

However, it’s his portrayal of nurse Sam Colloby in Holby General’s A&E department that remains one of his most iconic roles.

Exploring Complex Storylines

During his four-series tenure on “Casualty,” Jonathan’s character, Sam, was at the center of several major storylines.

Many of these narratives focused on Sam’s exploration of his sexuality. Notably, the series featured dramatic scenes in which Sam realized that his boyfriend was having an affair with a car crash victim, adding layers of complexity to his character.

A Journey to the US and Notable Roles

After leaving “Heartbeat” in 2007, where he appeared in 72 episodes, Jonathan Kerrigan ventured to the United States to further his career.

His talent led him to a role in the renowned series “NCIS,” solidifying his presence in the American television industry.

Family and Personal Life

Beyond his acting career, Jonathan Kerrigan is married to Shelley Conn, an actress who gained fame for her role as Lady Mary Sharma in Netflix’s hit period drama, “Bridgerton.”

The couple shares a son, born in 2012, and they have even appeared together as an on-screen husband and wife in “Death in Paradise,” a series that also features Ralf Little of “Royle Family” fame.

Recent Controversy Surrounding “Casualty”

In recent news related to “Casualty,” the show made headlines due to a broadcasting error that led the BBC into trouble with Ofcom.

Viewers raised concerns when explicit language appeared on screens during a morning broadcast on TV channel Drama, despite the episode being a repeat of an evening broadcast.

Following an investigation, Ofcom ruled that the series had breached broadcasting rules by allowing offensive language to air before the watershed.

Apology and Action Taken

UKTV Media, the entity responsible for “Casualty’s” broadcasting license, issued an apology in response to the incident.

The error was attributed to human mistake, and corrective measures were taken, including retraining of the subtitling team.

UKTV reiterated its commitment to providing accurate subtitling for viewers and expressed regret for any offense caused by the error.

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