BBC soap Doctors biggest celebrity cameos – Eddie Redmayne to Sheridan Smith

BBC daytime soap Doctors has moved to a new timeslot – with the long running drama now making its evening debut.

No longer just an afternoon soap, Doctors will now entertain audiences at 7pm on BBC 2 every weekday evening, as we delve into the lives of the patients and staff at the fictional Riverside Health Centre.

Since launching on our TV screens more than 22 years ago, it has gained a loyal audience, which is only set to grow as the soap moves to its new time-slot.

Doctors has also given some of the UK's biggest celebrities their first acting breaks, and here, Daily Star takes a look at the huge celebrities that have appeared in the soap – from TV icons to Hollywood heartthrobs.

Lisa Riley

While we may know Lisa as the lovable Mandy Dingle in Emmerdale, the actress has had multiple roles in other soaps including Doctors and Coronation Street.

Her TV acting debut was as a retail worker in ITV soap Coronation Street in 1994, before she joined Emmerdale as Mandy Dingle one year later.

However, Lisa also appeared in Doctors as Laura Mowbray in 2003, before returning in 2012 to play the role of Sandra Reynolds.

With all these roles, it is no wonder that Lisa has become one of the UK's most beloved soap icons.

Eddie Redmayne

Long before Eddie Redmayne was casting a spell over audiences in the Fantastic Beasts film series, the actor has his beginnings on TV.

Back in 2003 at the age of just 21 years old, Eddie had one of his first acting roles as Rob Huntley in Doctors.

It was not long before he made the leap from the TV to the silver screen though, becoming a Hollywood icon in films including Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Les Miserables and The Theory of Everything, where he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Who knows? Maybe the next time you watch Doctors, there could be another future award winner making their acting debut? Only time will tell.

Sheridan Smith

Sheridan Smith is one of TV's most in demand performers at the moment – appearing in ITV competition Starstruck and dramas including The Teacher.

However, many years before she became one of the biggest stars of stage and screen, Sheridan had roles in dramas including Holby City and The Royle Family, before making her first appearance on Doctors.

She has not just appeared in Doctors once however – she has multiple characters in the BBC daytime soap, including a patient called Claire in 2000 and Jackie Leavis in 2004.

It was one year after her Doctors debut that Sheridan also landed her memorable role as Janet in Two Pints Of Lager and a Packet of Crisps – and the rest as they say, is history. A star was born.

Davood Ghadami

EastEnders heartthrob Davood Ghadami won hearts as Kush Kazemi in the BBC soap, but he also had two roles in rival drama Doctors too.

Over 15 episodes Kush made quite the impact on viewers as Tariq Kalbalsi in 2009, and returned for more four years later, as Aran Chandar in 2013.

Like many soap stars, it was not long before his acting talents were noticed, with Davood going on to land his iconic EastEnders role one year later in 2014.

With Davood leaving Albert Square and making a name for himself in Holby City in 2021, which is due to come to an end later this year, you can be sure with his acting credentials that it won't be long before we see him on our TV screens again.

Richard Armitage

A few years before he rose to fame as Guy of Gisborne in BBC's Robin Hood, Richard landed one of his first acting roles as hunky Dr. Tom Steele in Doctors.

He played the role for two episodes, before going on to play 'The Handsome Stranger' in comedy The Vicar of Dibley, and appearing in hit TV series including Spooks.

Like his fellow Doctor's star Eddie Redmayne however, he soon made the leap from TV to Hollywood, appearing in blockbuster films including Captain America and The Hobbit series.

He has since returned back to TV in the hit series Stay Close in 2021 – leaving viewers in anticipation for what roles Richard may play next.

Tom Ellis

Another Hollywood hunk to have graced our TV screens in Doctors before rising to worldwide fame was Lucifer actor Tom Ellis.

He played Ricky Adams in the soap for one episode in 2005, before appearing in rival soap EastEnders as Dr. Oliver for 29 episodes in 2006.

However after making his name as the love of Miranda's life in the self-titled hit BBC comedy, Tom appeared in Merlin before landing his famous role as Lucifer in the TV series of the name name.

With Lucifer reaching its end last year however, Tom is sure to delight viewers once again when he appears in TV mini series Washington Black, which is currently in production.

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