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Former Holby City star Lee Mead unveils new look after hair transplant

"I now feel more confident than ever."

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Former Holby City star Lee Mead has unveiled a new look after a hair transplant.

The actor, who played Ben ‘Lofty’ Chiltern on the medical drama and its parent show Casualty, travelled to Istanbul to undergo the surgery, which he said would "improve his confidence".

After the procedure was completed, Lee shared the results in a post on his Instagram account, writing: "Heading home with a cold head."

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In the accompanying video, Lee said he was feeling "sore" and was "nervous" to show his new look to friends and family, but added that he felt "pleased" to have undergone the surgery in order to preserve his curly locks.

He later thanked all the people who supported him on his journey, adding that it was a "personal choice" for his own wellbeing whilst also raising awareness for anyone in a similar situation.

Mead first appeared as Lofty on Casualty in 2014, before departing the show two years later. He subsequently reprised his role on sister series Holby City in 2017, before bowing out again in December 2019.

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The medical drama aired its final episode last year, with the BBC electing to call time on the show after 23 years on the small screen. In a statement, they said the decision was due to their "commitment to [making] more programmes across the UK and to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country."

That, however, hasn’t stopped stars and fans alike calling for a reboot. Davood Ghadami, who played Eli Ebrahimi on the series, wanted a similar fate as that of Australian soap Neighbours, which is returning to screens later this year.

“This is great news for @neighbours, I'm really very pleased for them!" he tweeted. "Worth mentioning that @BBCHolbyCity had higher viewing figures [shrug emoji] Hellooooo @AmazonFreevee [waving emoji].”

Selected episodes of Holby City are streaming on BBC iPlayer.

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