Casualty star Suzanne Packer tipped for shock return as Tess Bateman

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Casualty seems to be bringing back one of its biggest characters as Tess Bateman is tipped to return to the show.

Suzanne Packer, who played Tess on the BBC One soap from 2003 to 2015, is making her return – as revealed on her very own Spotlight page.

The BBC is refusing to comment on her possible return so we'll have to wait and see what happens, but it would be great to have her back.

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Packer recently contributed to a feature by Digital Spy, celebrating Casualty, alongside other actors, directors and showrunners, opening up about some of her favourite storylines when she was on the show.

"The storyline in which Megan Roach (Brenda Fricker) returned to die and Charlie and Tess assisted. What a joy to work so closely with two amazing actors," she said.

"And the FGM episode was such an important subject to cover and it really tapped into the show's strengths of being topical and bold, and that combined with a great script and solid acting and directing made it a very notable episode and deserving of the award and praise it got.

"On the other side, it was particularly satisfying to play the episodes in which Tess has an affair with her colleague and the fallout from that. It was great to play another side of her and to see her vulnerability in her personal life."

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She also had a go at guessing why the show has lasted so long and retained such a loyal following – and it's not just Charlie.

"There is a comfort around the show which comes from familiarity with the way the show is structured. Comfort and familiarity is very habit-forming. Also the characters are recognisable and attachment grows particularly to the ones who have been on our screens for such a long time.

"Who doesn't love Charlie? Probably the sense of connection is the most enduring quality as most if not all of us have had some experience with the great NHS."

Casualty airs on Saturdays on BBC One.

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