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BBC announces Casualty’s first-ever transgender character in an ongoing role featuring the ‘non-binary, salty but fiercely compassionate’ Sah played by actor Arin Smethurst

  • Arin Smethurst has joined the cast of Casualty to play Sah, the show’s first transgender character in an ongoing role
  • At the signing, non-binary Arin said, “I’m honored to join the spectacular Casualty family as a shiny new paramedic! I’m so excited to portray this transgender, non-binary, salty but fiercely compassionate character’
  • Deborah Sathe, Senior Executive Producer of Casualty and Holby City, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Arin to the Casualty family and launch our new paramedic Sah to the public on Saturday night’










Arin Smethurst has joined the cast of Casualty to play Sah, the show’s first transgender character in an ongoing role.

The character Sah is transgender and non-binary and will join the paramedic team alongside Jan, played by Di Botcher, Teddy, the character of Milo Clarke, and Iain, who is played by Michael Stevenson, in the popular medical drama.

At the signing, non-binary Arin said, “I’m honored to join the spectacular Casualty family as a shiny new paramedic! I’m so excited to portray this transgender, non-binary, salty but fiercely compassionate character.”

Starring: Arin Smethurst has joined the cast of Casualty to play Sah, the show’s first transgender character in an ongoing role

A BBC press release describes Sah as: ‘A cool character who never wants to be seen if he tries too hard, or shows his feelings…

“But they soon meet when they team up with boss Jan, who suspects that there is a big heart hidden somewhere in their cold exterior.”

On the hope of raising awareness with the role, Arin continued, “I hope they are not only well received, but also a source of awareness for those who have never met someone like me. I can’t wait for you to meet Sah!’

Groundbreaking: The character Sah is transgender and non-binary and will join the paramedic team alongside Jan, played by Di Botcher, Teddy, (right) Milo Clarke's character, and Iain, who is played by Michael Stevenson, in the popular medical drama

Groundbreaking: The character Sah is transgender and non-binary and will join the paramedic team alongside Jan, played by Di Botcher, Teddy, (right) Milo Clarke’s character, and Iain, who is played by Michael Stevenson, in the popular medical drama

Deborah Sathe, Senior Executive Producer of Casualty and Holby City, said: “We are delighted to welcome Arin to the Casualty family and to launch our new paramedic Sah to the public on Saturday night….

“Sah will engage in all sorts of professional adventures while masking their own personal grief. Will Sah be able to keep theirs in a world where our privacy is something to cherish?’

Fans of the show were quick to praise the news after the Twitter announcement.

Cool: A BBC press release describes Sah as: 'A cool character who never wants to be seen if he tries too hard or shows his feelings'

Cool: A BBC press release describes Sah as: ‘A cool character who never wants to be seen if he tries too hard or shows his feelings’

Users of the microblogging site wrote: ‘Brilliant news, well done Casualty. Great to see TV becoming more and more representative of the world as it is today…

‘Good luck to Arin!… Great news and congratulations to Arin… Great news!’

Casualty is Arin’s first television role, having graduated from Rose Bruford Drama School in Sidcup last year. They will be released for the first time later this month.

Hoera!  Fans of the show were quick to praise the news after the Twitter announcement

Hoera! Fans of the show were quick to praise the news after the Twitter announcement

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