Sacha Levy

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Sacha Levy
Holby City character
First appearance "Talk to Me"[1]
5 January 2010
Portrayed by Bob Barrett
Information
Occupation Specialist registrar, general surgery
(prev. Locum registrar)
Spouse(s) Chrissie Williams
Children Rachel Levy
Rebecca 'Becca' Levy
Daniel Levy-Williams

Sacha Levy, played by Bob Barrett, is a fictional character in the BBC One medical drama, Holby City. He arrived in the twelfth series of the show, as a specialist registrar in general surgery. Sacha is the father of long-serving character Chrissie Williams's infant son, Daniel, as a result of a one night stand, and has since held unreciprocated feelings for her.[2]

Storylines[edit]

To compensate for the departing characters, several new characters joined the show during the course of the twelfth series. After appearing briefly as Chrissie's one night stand, Bob Barret became a main cast member playing Locum General surgical registrar Sacha Levy at Holby City Hospital.[3]

Sacha first appeared briefly in a locum registrar capacity, before, much to Chrissie's surprise, returning several months later on a six month contract as a locum registrar on the hospital's general surgical ward, Keller, working alongside permanent registrar Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel) and under consultant general surgeons Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie) and Michael Spence (Hari Dhillon). Sacha's post later became permanent, though he transferred to head up the hospital's Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) by director of surgery Henrik Hanssen (Guy Henry), after clinical lead Michael Spence became engaged working on the plastic surgery unit on Darwin ward with Sunil Bhatti.

Sacha continues to work on AAU alongside Chrissie, and he tries to win her over several times. Despite this, she enters into a relationship with Dan Hamilton (Adam Astill), and they become engaged to be married. However, when Dan is revealed to be gay, Chrissie becomes closer to Sacha and realizes that he is the man for her as he is so nice. She then goes on holiday to Australia with him, and they later become engaged as well. When Sacha is stabbed by an unstable patient, Chrissie and Michael just manage to save him, despite a lot of blood loss, and it later causes conflict between Chrissie and student doctor Ella Henderson, who left Sacha to bleed out of fear. However, Sacha convinces Chrissie to lay easy on her. They marry, despite Chrissie's original concerns, and return to work on AAU. Sacha tries to help fellow doctor Luc Hemmingway (Joseph Millson), who is having problems, and invites him for a turbulent Christmas dinner. Luc soon departs Holby after receiving advice from Sacha. Sacha befriends new doctor Gemma Wilde (Ty Glaser).

After a family holiday, Sacha's daughter Rachel is taken ill, and he is devastated to learn she has leukemia. As her treatment begins, he shaves his head to show support to her. When he learns that Daniel is a bone marrow match and is potentially the only one that can save Rachel's life, he authorises the procedure without Chrissie's permission, creating problems between them. After a rocky few months, Chrissie takes Daniel and visits her father in Australia. When she returns, he learns through Daniel's nursery that she is back and suspects Chrissie of having an affair with Michael. However, it conspires she has breast cancer, which devastates Sacha. He later moves back in with Chrissie to support Daniel, but their separation continues.

Development[edit]

Characterisation[edit]

A lovable bear of a man, Sacha Levy's capacity to enjoy life is equalled only by his compassion, he works to live and lives to help people, not to climb the greasy pole. But don't let the laid back jocular exterior fool you! Underneath this larger-than-life facade beats a lion's heart, deftly protecting all that he holds dear; Sacha would do anything for his family and for those he loves.

BBC Online[2]

"I think he’s a guy who looks for the good in people and always tries to be positive. It’s very liberating playing him because he just lives life wearing his heart on his sleeve and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is with pretty much anyone. He’s got a sense of humour about most things, including himself and that means he can be very inappropriate at times! Ultimately though, he just loves people. I’m just hoping that some of this stuff will rub off on me, the more I play him – except maybe the inappropriate comments that get him into trouble!." source =—Bob Barrett on Sacha Levy characterisation.[4]

Relationships[edit]

"Regardless of how he feels for her and whether those feelings are reciprocated or not, they are both devoted to Daniel. Whatever happens between them , Sacha would never jeopardize his duties as a father to Daniel and they would always try and make that work. But I think it’s all going to be very interesting." source =—Bob Barrett on relationship with Chrissie Williams.[4]

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Talk To Me". BBC Holby City site. http://www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Sacha Levy "BBC Holby City site Sacha Levy Profile". BBC Holby City site. http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/features/holbycity. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bob Barrett - Artist Information and Profile". www.thersp.com. The Richard Stone Partnership. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Griffin, Cheryl. "Holby TV Bob Barret Interview". http://www.holby.tv/. http://www.holby.tv. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 

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