Why did Lev Malinovsky star Uriel Emil leave Casualty?

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Uriel Emil joined Casualty in 2019 after starring in both Cleaning Up and The Great Fire. Doctor Lev Malinovsky was originally described as “steely and tough, but gentle at heart” and he proved to be just this time and again in the BBC One medical series. Sadly, his story came to an end during the gripping season 35 finale which aired last week.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Casualty.

Why did Lev Malinovsky star Uriel Emil leave Casualty?

Lev’s colleague and friend Fenisha Khatr (played by Olivia D’Lima) was ready to get married to sweetheart Ethan Hardy (George Rainsford).

Of course, as with any wedding in a drama, things were never going to run smoothly.

Fenisha was running late and reluctantly decided to get a lift to the ceremony with her ex-boyfriend Matthew Afolami (Osi Okerafor).

As their argument escalated, the car ended up on the train tracks with Fenisha unable to free herself.

Lev (Uriel Emil) wasn’t too far when the incident took place and ran over to help.

So with assistance from both Matthew and Lev, Fenisha was able to be freed.

She was pulled up onto the platform just in time but it was too late for Lev.

As he was ready to join the former couple, Lev was struck by another train, shocking his colleagues and viewers.

Fenisha actress D’Lima also left the series in the same episode, later dying in hospital. 

Actor Emil hasn’t spoken out about leaving Casualty since the scenes were aired.

There has been no explanation as to how the 46-year-old’s exit came about.

But actress Olivia D’Lima who plays Fenisha has talked about her ending on the drama.

Going by her comments, it may have been the creators’ decision rather than either of the actors, for both Lev and Fenisha to be killed off.

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“We knew there were several ways the story could go and all I wanted was to make sure that Fenisha got a memorable send-off and that she did!”, D’Lima told the Metro.

“She had such a dramatic time on the show that it would have felt wrong for her to just slink off – she deserved drama until the end.

“I feel incredibly honoured to have been able to play out this beautiful love story and be part of an unforgettable Casualty season finale.”

According to Emi’s IMDB page, there are no other projects in the pipeline as of yet, following his exit.

Casualty will not be going anywhere any time soon as it has already been renewed for series 36.

In fact, fans are not going to have to wait for the medical drama to return, unlike other series.

Casualty’s next series will begin tonight, Saturday, August 14, on BBC One.

Casualty is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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