A Tyrone actress who makes her television debut in Casualty tonight has told how the show's longest serving actor took her under his wing while filming the BBC1 medical drama.
Niamh McEnhill (24), from Omagh, was made to feel at home by fellow Northern Irish cast member Derek Thompson, who plays senior nurse charge Charlie Fairhead.
The young actress, who graduated from London Met last year with a first class BA in acting and performing arts, plays guest lead Bex Lee in tonight's episode.
Niamh says she was delighted to work opposite Lisburn-born Thompson, who joined the show in 1986.
"When I landed the part my mum said straight away that she hoped I'd get to meet Derek," she said. "Fortunately I got to do some scenes with him and he was lovely to work with.
"He made me feel at home. Everyone was very welcoming and if they asked me to come back, I'd jump at the chance."