Tyne & Wear

Clive Mantle ear bite case: Two men deny attack

Clive Mantle in Casualty
Image caption Clive Mantle played Mike Barrett in the TV series Casualty and later Holby City

Two men have denied carrying out an attack in which ex-Casualty actor Clive Mantle had part of his ear bitten off.

Philip McGilvray and Alan French, both 32 and of Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, denied wounding with intent.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the actor, 55, was assaulted on 24 March while he was staying in the city's Travelodge.

Mr McGilvray, of Arbroath Grove, and Mr French, of Forrest Gate, were bailed until 3 December.

The actor, who has also appeared in US drama Game of Thrones, had been appearing at the city's Theatre Royal.

He played surgeon Mike Barrett in the BBC medical drama Casualty and its spin-off series Holby City.

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