CASUALTY'S NAUGHTY NURSE LEAVES WITH A BANG; Georgie Bouzova's Final Scenes Are Christmas Crackers the Interview

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CASUALTY'S NAUGHTY NURSE LEAVES WITH A BANG; Georgie Bouzova's Final Scenes Are Christmas Crackers the Interview


Byline: By STEVE HENDRY

Everything's turning to gold for Georgie Bouzova... or at least it is when Gary Kemp is around.

The Casualty and Strictly Come Dancing star shared some of her final scenes on the medical drama with the Spandau Ballet star and couldn't get one of his most famous songs out of her head.

When it came to a drinks party at the end of filming, well, she just couldn't hold it in any longer.

She said: "I really love that song Gold by Spandau Ballet and even though we only had a few scenes together, every time Gary was around that song popped into my head and I couldn't stop singing it.

"I did the same thing on Strictly Come Dancing when I saw Emma Bunton. I started humming Spice Girls songs. You catch yourself and think, 'Oh My God, stop it, you're going to make a fool of yourself. They'll think you are a stalker.'

"But at the wrap party I started singing Gold and turned round to find Gary standing there. "I was cringing but he was quite chuffed."

Georgie, 30, is currently in pantomime playing Snow White and is looking forward to watching her exit from Casualty on Christmas Eve.

She bids the wards of the Holby City hospital farewell as mercenary Ukrainian nurse Ellen Zitek in a festive double episode.

Georgie's sworn to secrecy on the finale but given she has an MRI scan to test for cancer and finds herself in pursuit of a mother - played by guest Holly Aird - who has a knife and has already stabbed one paramedic... well, it seems unlikely Ellen will be seeing in the New Year.

Choosing her words carefully, Georgie said: "It's very exciting and very shocking. But my lips are sealed."

The actress is more forthcoming on her delight that Ellen is going out with a bang, especially as the character arrived with little fanfare.

She said: "I couldn't have wished for a better exit. "It's a really good two-part leaving episode. I was so chuffed Ellen leaves with an impact.

"She has come up through the ranks - she started off as this foreign bird who was just annoying. But she's been part of some great storylines and has gained quite a big fan base.

"When I joined the show three years ago I was only on a four-month contract. Ellen was only supposed to be a stand-in character. But the audience seemed to take to her and my contract got extended again and again.

"She started off as such a baddie and then she got cancer and got pregnant by Harry - hearthrob consultant Harry Harper, played by Simon MacCorkindale - and the audience seemed to end up really liking her. It's been a really great journey.

"I think you should leave on a high. I'd never let the character get stale and slip out of the show."

Georgie certainly didn't slip out of Strictly Come Dancing quietly. Dancing with James Jordan, she came in for some morale-shattering criticism from the judges - and there were reports of heated exchanges with her dancing partner.

She said: "There was a lot in the press about us arguing and shouting but 98 per cent of the time we were having a laugh.

"The other two per cent of the time when he lost his temper was all that was reported.

"James was like a brother. Each week the judges were putting me down and we both wanted just one week where that wasn't the case. …

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