Michael Stevenson reveals that Iain was due to return months ago

Accident star Michael Stevenson has announced that Iain Dean’s comeback has been delayed by the pandemic.

The actor left the medical drama in 2019 for an extended hiatus so he could spend time with his family.

But he’s now revealed how he originally intended to be free for just a year.

Iain is returning to Casualty this evening

The character’s exit was linked to Iain’s mental health problems and the end of that story.

And now, 18 months later, he’s excitedly returning as a beloved character.

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Michael told Digital spy: “I knew how long I wanted to be free and I really wanted to spend some time with my family. The lead-up to the exit story was very intense and the hours we work are phenomenal.

“I knew I had been away from my family for a long time and I wanted to be at home with them – be a father, take the kids to school and things like that. I should be returning a little earlier but the pandemic obviously. “

He announced he had been in talks for months before returning. And the pandemic meant storylines had to be hacked up and changed.

Iain’s return thrown into chaos

Michael added, “I’ll probably be back six months later as if the pandemic hadn’t occurred. That would have been about a year in the beginning and I knew in time that this was the right time to be gone.

“When the producers reached out and kept my word by asking me to come back, it was a breeze. It is my home. The show was very good for me and there was nothing to really think about. “

Michael also revealed that Iain’s return won’t let him go down old ground.

In his absence, Iain has recovered and is in a much better place.

He promised that viewers would see old Iain before his emotional spiral.

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And he teased how Jan’s drug plot brought Iain back to the center of the show.

He told Metro, “Considering the number of times Jan has been there for him in the past. I don’t think he’ll ever have any doubts that he’s going to help her. “

But will he be able to help her?

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