Former Casualty star George Rainsford confirms new project

Former Casualty star George Rainsford has opened up on his new role since leaving the BBC soap.

The actor played consultant Ethan Hardy in the medical drama for almost a decade, with his final episode airing earlier this year.

Rainsford has now revealed he will be swapping TV screens for the stage, joining the cast of 2:22 A Ghost Story alongside Emmerdale's Fiona Wade, former Hollyoaks actor Vera Chok, and Strictly Come Dancing winner Jay McGuiness.

Sharing a promotional poster from the popular spooky show to his Instagram page, Rainsford wrote: "So excited to be joining the new cast of @222aghoststory. It’s such a fun & thrilling play by the brilliant @dannyrobinswithoneb. We tour all over the UK from January 2024."

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The stage show is "an adrenaline-filled night, where secrets emerge and ghosts may or may not appear", according to its official synopsis.

"What do you believe? And do you dare discover the truth? Jenny believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam isn't having any of it," it continued.

Jake Wood and Ricky Champ are among the soap stars who have previously been part of the play, while Louisa Lytton and Joe Absolom are currently touring.

Back in February, Rainsford spoke to Digital Spy about his departure from Casualty, describing his time on the soap as "amazing".

george rainsford as ethan hardy, casualty

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"I'd been there a while and it had been amazing. Obviously I've had loads of interesting and emotional storylines to play out," he said.

"I was having long chats with my family about the long commute that I've been doing obviously for years now, as my family don't actually live in Cardiff. We talked about a sort of extended break so I could be around family more.

"But then on on the other side of it, I'm an actor and I'm interested in new projects and new challenges."

Casualty airs on Saturdays on BBC One and streams on BBC iPlayer.

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