Casualty legend Amanda Mealing hints shell QUIT acting The industrys harsh on women!

Casualty: Amanda Mealing discusses decision to leave show

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Amanda Mealing, 54, spoke candidly to Express.co.uk about the way in which the television industry treats actresses “of a certain age”, as she revealed she would be bringing her directing talents back to Casualty soon. Aside from her exciting new career ambitions, the star was also keen to talk about her work with WaterAid, as she recently handed in a letter to Downing Street signed by nearly 20,000 people, addressing the growing climate crisis.

Amanda is an established director with several impressive credits under her belt, including Coronation Street, Casualty, The Dumping Ground, and a number of short films. 

Discussing her future in the industry she said: “I’ve been directing for a while. It’s something that I think I’ve always wanted to do and the first time I did it, it seemed like a natural progression.

“I’d like to keep going hand in hand with acting for as long as I can, but you know the industry’s a bit harsh on women of a certain age, so I think it’s probably wise to have another career starting on the sidelines.”

Amanda left Casualty back in April, as her character Connie Beauchamp made her shock exit leaving fans reeling.

The star decided she wanted a break from acting and, as an experienced director with her own production company, decided to try her hand at directing a few episodes of Corrie. 

Amanda shared some of her favourite scenes to direct from the show, which were from the storylines concerning Maria Connor (Samia Longchambon) and her son Liam (Charlie Wrenshall).

Referencing her character, Amanda told Samia: “We’ve made her into a badass b***h now, so go forth and be happy. So she loved playing that part.”

She also praised the young actor portraying Liam for his realistic and well-researched depiction of an asthma attack, saying: “I was really surprised – pleasantly surprised by his approach. 

 “The performance he gave was astounding, so I think there’s a little star in the making there.”

The actress also addressed whether she would be returning to Casualty any time soon, confirming that she was indeed coming back to direct, while also teasing a possible Connie reappearance.

“I’m actually going back to direct at the beginning of next year,” she revealed. 

“It’s not that long away. I keep thinking, ‘Oh it’s next year’, but it’s a couple of months.”

She went on to allude to an acting return as well, saying, “I’m going to have a powwow with the bosses on Friday and see what we can do about going back, maybe”.

 The actress also hinted at the two storylines she might be involved in directing next year. 

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“I’ve asked for Michael Stevenson, who plays Iain the paramedic,” the star revealed. 

“He and I bumped into each other recently. He said, ‘Oh please make sure I’ve got a big storyline in it’. 

“So out of the two of them I know I’ve bagsied a storyline with him, so I get to work with him which will be nice.”

Amanda has also been incredibly busy campaigning for charity WaterAid, delivering an open letter written by Burkina Faso representative Basile Ouedraogo to Number 10, which was signed by nearly 20,000 people. 

The letter, which was written ahead of the COP26 summit, outlines the devastation felt by the poorest communities who get the brunt of our ever-worsening climate crisis, despite not having the resources to deal with its severe effects.

The letter called on the government to ensure a third of their international climate fund went to local projects in the most vulnerable parts of Africa, including those that are subjected to flooding and drought.

 Amanda said: “It’s about helping those communities adapt, because not only are they the poorest communities that are already struggling with clean water issues, but they are now on the frontline of the climate crisis – they’re the ones that have been impacted first and hardest.”

 Speaking about the “amazing” people she met on her trip to Ghana in “the most devastating situations” she continued: “It’s heartbreaking, because water is such a simple thing and such a basic need for everyone.

 “I mean, it is an injustice. It’s not right and it’s not fair that anyone should be living in that kind of situation – but it is something that can be rectified.”

 An incredible 19,148 celebrities, cross-party politicians, and WaterAid supporters have added their names to Basile’s open letter to join OurClimateFight, calling on Boris Johnson and Liz Truss to listen to the people who are most affected by climate change.

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