Casualty star Tony Marshall has expressed his pride in his son making his TV debut for the drama’s 35th anniversary, which will also mark the return of his character, Noel Garcia.
Earlier this year, it was announced that several beloved characters from the series would be returning as part of its anniversary celebrations, including Noel, Charles Dale as Big Mac and Richard Winsor as Cal.
The episode will see Ethan (George Rainsford) haunted by ghosts of his past as he grieves the loss of Fenisha (Olivia D’Lima), with former receptionist Noel appearing in a fever dream sequence.
On Friday’s edition of Lorraine, Tony and fellow Casualty star William Beck spoke to host Christine Lampard via video chat about the upcoming special episode, which will see Tony’s son, Pharrell, take on his very first TV acting role.
When Christine brought up Pharrell’s Casualty debut, Tony, 57, said that he was ‘beaming’.
‘I’m beaming. I am beaming. Yeah, that’s my son. That’s my son Pharrell, he’s nine years old and he’s making his TV debut on Saturday in the episode,’ the actor said, as an image of Tony and Pharrell on Casualty was shown on screen.
When Christine remarked that Tony must have been ‘so proud watching him’, the actor responded: ‘I was indeed.’
‘I was very, very proud watching him,’ he said, explaining how Pharrell initially thought that when they had completed their rehearsal, that they had finished their work.
‘We got on set and we did a rehearsal and he said to me, “Is that it Daddy?” And I went, “No, we’ve got a few more things to do son.” But every time that did happen, I just had to keep reminding him, “We’ve got a little bit more things to do son, we’re not quite finished yet.” So yeah, it was great. It was a great experience. Great experience,’ he added.
Having played Noel on Casualty since 2008, in January this year Tony made a shock departure from the series when Noel died from Covid-19.
Tony said that he was ‘very, very proud to be involved in that storyline’, explaining how Casualty often addresses ‘major issues’ that are taking place in the real world.
‘We had to highlight it. I think we did a really really good job,’ he said.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.
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