Behind the curtain

Panto star talks TV soaps, singing and stardom backstage at the Hippodrome

Star of TV’s Casualty, Lee Mead, was on hand to give the Leading Ladies a dose of special treatment at Birmingham Hippodrome. Lee, who plays nurse Lofty in the hit soap drama, met the Ladies during a backstage tour of the Aladdin panto set, hosted by BBC presenter Joanne Malin and Hippodrome technical manager Barry Hope. Lee, who starred in the panto, talked about his career spanning stage and screen. The event raised more than £400 for Hippodrome CREATIVE, the theatre’s education, access and free outdoor arts programme.

Credit: Photography by Vivienne Bailey


  1. Chris Eggleton, Barry Hope, Janette Rutter
  2. Lisa Doorly, Victoria Emery, Kate Courbet, Sharon Norman
  3. Amanda Plester, Lee Mead, Freya Plester
  4. Emma Robinson, Fran Astley
  5. Lucy Cooling, Karen Smith, Sarah Wood
  6. Leana Prasher, Sharon Norman, Rebecca Delmore
  7. Emma Burke, Lee Mead, Lisa Orton
  8. Lee Mead, Joanne Malin
  9. Rebecca Delmore, Kerry Volante, Lee Mead, Julia Gray