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Lev Malinovsky is a paramedic for the Holby Ambulance Service. He joined the service in September 2019 as a replacement for Iain Dean.

Biography

Early life

During Lev's adolescence, he was pressured into joining Nevidimyye, a neo-Nazi "Football Army", by his brother who was an infamous murderer. He later managed to leave the group and reform himself. (CAS: Episode 1151)

At some point, Lev married Faith Cadogan and had two daughters named Natalia and Ana together. In November 2012, Faith gave birth to their third child - a boy named Luka. (CAS: Episode 1158)

Joining the Holby Ambulance Service

On 14 September 2019, Lev was late for his first shift with the Holby Ambulance Service, and he was caught attacking a thug outside the ambulance station by operational duty manager Jan Jenning and paramedic Ruby Spark. Jan initially mistook him for a drug dealer, but Lev revealed that he was a paramedic, and he was stopping the thug from throwing a sack of kittens into a bin. (CAS: Episode 1144)

On 23 November, Lev and Ruby treated a drunk patient named Johnny with a head laceration. Johnny began touching Ruby inappropriately, and Lev forced him off the ambulance. When Johnny noticed a tattoo on Lev's chest, he backed away. At the ambulance station, Lev explained his actions to Ruby and told her about his time as a member of The Invisibles; after researching the group and despite Lev's insistence that he had changed as a person, Ruby no longer felt comfortable working with him. Although she later reconsidered after witnessing Lev's tender care of Johnny's son Freddy, Ruby maintained that they would only work together as colleagues but not friends. (CAS: Episode 1151)

Luka's tumour

On 18 January 2020, Faith took Luka to Holby City Hospital's emergency department after he fell off Ana's bed. After his initial injuries were treated, consultant Dylan Keogh became concerned about Luka's clumsiness and eyesight issues and had him undergo a CT scan; Lev and Faith were horrified when it showed the presence of a brain tumour. (CAS: Episode 1158)

Personality

Lev is a very kind and caring paramedic who does not think twice about putting his wellbeing on the line for the sake of his patients. (CAS: Episode 1146)

As a result of his past involvement in violent gangs, Lev has an extremely low tolerance of football hooligans and no issue with using physical force if they cross a line. (CAS: Episode 1151)

Relationships

Romantic

Faith Cadogan

At some point, Lev married Faith, and the two had three children together - Natalia, Ana and Luka. (CAS: Episode 1156)

In January 2020, Luka was admitted to the emergency department after falling off Ana's bed. Lev was concerned and insinuated that Faith was not looking out for Luka properly, but he soon apologised. When Luka was diagnosed with a brain tumour, Lev assured Faith that they would find the best doctors to treat him. (CAS: Episode 1158)

Professional

Ruby Spark

On Lev's first shift, Ruby was surprised by how reassuring Lev was with the disabled wife on a patient. (CAS: Episode 1144) However, when she discovered that Lev was once a member of a violent gang, she did not feel comfortable working with him and even threatened to request a transfer if she was given a different partner. Later, after witnessing Lev's tender care of a young boy whose father was a football hooligan, Ruby reconsidered her decisions, but she still did not want to be Lev's friend. (CAS: Episode 1151)

Trivia

Behind the scenes

Uriel Emil made his first appearance as Lev in Casualty in the sixth episode of series 34 in September 2019.

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