Isidingo will not replace Ashley February 19, 2008
SABC 3 and the producers of Isidingo have decided not to recast actress Ashley Callie’s role in the soapie. Isidingo’s executive producer, Pumla Hopa, said: “In honour of Ashley’s memory and her exceptional acting skills, the SABC and the creative team have decided not to recast her role.
“Her family is happy about that because, as much as there might be capable actresses out there, she was one of a kind and it would never be the same.”
Callie died on Friday following a head-on car collision in Johannesburg the week before.
A memorial service for Callie will be held on Thursday at the Johannesburg Country Club, in Auckland Park.
Hopa said: “If we were to recast, the more than 4 million viewers would be up in arms. Ashley was not only loved by the show’s audiences; we also loved her so much that we could not give her role away.”
How, and when, Callie’s character will make her last appearance in Isidingo is not clear, and Hopa said it will not be made public in order not to spoil the show’s plot. – The Times