Spot the stars! See the A-listers from Tom Hiddleston to Daisy Ridley who cut their teeth on Casualty


Before Hollywood came calling, some of the most famous British faces from The Night Manager's Tom Hiddleston to Star Wars' Daisy Ridley got their big break on BBC medical drama Casualty.

The pair join Sherlock star Martin Freeman, Titanic actress Kate Winslet and Doctor Who's Christopher Eccleston in learning their craft in the less-than-glamorous wards of Holby City Hospital.

Daisy Ridley was caught in a fairground tragedy (

To celebrate the show's 30th anniversary, the BBC Store has released the episodes in which the youthful-looking A-listers find themselves at the mercy of TV's most famous A&E.

The Force Awakens star Daisy is a household name now but only three years ago she was making ends meet with a guest role in the world's longest running medical drama as Fran, the best friend of nurse Robyn Miller, whose day trip to the fairground ended in a nasty accident.

Safety conscious climber Tom Hiddleston (

In 2007, just four years before he was catapulted to international fame as Loki in superhero film Thor, Tom got some action practice in as rock climber Chris Vaughan who accidentally knocked a woman to the ground from her balcony when he abseiled down an apartment block.

Can you recognise a baby-faced Orlando Bloom? (

Twenty years ago, Lord Of The Rings star Orlando Bloom set hearts racing as injured builder Noel Harrison, while Martin's jack-the-lad character Ricky Beck got himself stabbed in an episode in 1998.

Martin Freeman found himself in trouble with the police (

An 18-year-old Kate played a teenage girl suffering at the hands of her abusive boyfriend in 1993, 15 years before she would win an Oscar for her role in The Reader.

Kate Winslet was just 18 when she starred in Casualty (

Long before he travelled through space and time in the Tardis, Christopher was confined to his hospital bed as HIV positive gay man Stephen Hills in 1990.

Chris starred as Aids sufferer (Casualty)

Jonny Lee Miller played school bully named Matt four years before he earned the affectionate nickname Sick Boy in Trainspotting.

Nervous? Not us, Jonny (

Little Britain's David Walliams was picked for a phenomenal storyline, playing "the father of a vegan daughter who is admitted to hospital undernourished" in 2003.

David had a very serious role before finding his comedy feet (

Cold Feet star Hermione Norris shared an episode with a young Minnie Driver in 1991 as a ballet dancer with an eating disorder and a girl with a cough respectively.

Minnie Driver and her totally legit-looking head wound (

Just two years later Hermione's future co-star Helen Baxendale was indoctrinated into a cult.

Hermione Norris played a ballerina with an eating disorder (

Other actors to make an appearance include Alfred Molina, Kathy Burke and Julia Sawalha.

Our first spot of blood, thanks Julia! (

Special credit must go to Aaron Taylor-Johnson for pulling off those glasses.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson got good practice in for his future role as Kick-Ass with a severe beating (

The Casualty: Spot The Star collection is available from from August 25.