Catherine Russell confirms Serena Campbell will be leaving Holby City

Catherine joined Holby in 2012

Catherine Russell, who plays Serena Campbell in Holby City, has confirmed she will be leaving the BBC medical drama.

The actress announced the news on Twitter through a video captioned: “In answer to your questions re me & @BBCHolbyCity.”

In the video catherine says: “Hello, this ia a very quick video for the Holby City fans who have been asking me on Twitter if rumours that I have left Holby are true.

“Normally when a character leaves a show like Holby City, we try to keep it under wraps until their leaving episode so it’s a surprise.

“But because so many of you have been asking me, I was beginning to feel that it might look a bit rude that I wasn’t responding.

“So I asked my beloved boss if we could tell you the truth of the situation and the truth is that I have left Holby City but Serena Campbell will be on your screens still until mid-January as I think most of you know we film four months in advance.”

Serena Holby
Serena will be leaving early 2020 (Credit: BBC)

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Catherine has already filmed Serena’s exit story which is due to play out on screen at the beginning of next year.

Speaking about her decision to leave, Catherine told Digital Spy: “Playing Serena Campbell and being part of the Holby family has been an absolute delight.

“I just need to get out there, frighten myself again and pretend to be someone else.

“But you never know, hopefully I’ll be able to revisit the hospital as it really is the most wonderful place to work.”

Serena has been part of Holby City since 2012 (Credit: BBC Pictures)

Executive producer of Holby City and casualty Simon Harper also told Digital Spy: “Yes it’s true, the brilliant Catherine Russell is leaving the show.

“She’s truly one of Holby’s greats, her mercurial portrayal of the unique, drily witty and passionate Serena literally lighting up the screen.”

Fans have been left gutted by the announcement.

Serena first made an appearance back in 2012 joining as a consultant general surgeon.

Earlier this year, Serena’s ex-girlfriend and former colleague Bernie Wolfe was killed off-screen leaving Serena devastated.

Bernie died earlier this year (Credit: BBC)

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Viewers can expect Serena’s final scenes to be packed with drama with a series of unexpected events kicking off when she gets a reminder of her dark past.

In the wake of Serena’s reminder of her past, developments at the hospital will see her fight for her family and cherished values, bringing out her rebellious side.

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