Silent Witness star Liz Carr

Liz Carr in Silent Witness: Why did she leave as Clarissa and what’s happening with series 24?

The BBC drama series is returning soon

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The new series of Silent Witness is almost upon us, but there will be so Liz Carr – SOB.

Liz played the hugely popular lab assistant Clarissa Mullery in the BBC crime drama.

But after she left the show at the end of series 23, the lab will be a very different place.

But why did she leave, and what is she up to now – aside from her appearance on Would I Lie To You?

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Liz Carr starred in eight series of Silent Witness (Credit: BBC)

Why did Liz Carr leave Silent Witness?

At the end of series 23, Clarissa told her colleagues that she was leaving to “focus less on the dead and more on the living”.

When she announced her exit last year, she said in a statement: “After eight years of getting to play the fabulous character Clarissa Mullery, I’ve decided it’s time to leave Silent Witness.

“To quote Clarissa, ‘I just know, deep down – that it’s time for me to move on, to focus less on the dead and more on the living. On life’.

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“Silent Witness has given me such an amazing opportunity to develop as an actor but I know this is the right time to take a leap of faith, leaving what I know and seeing what other opportunities await.

“It has been a rollercoaster of a ride but I feel I’m leaving on an exhilarating high.”

And, in an interview with Radio Times, she said: “I wanted experiences, because I’m kind of – from the travel and the wanderlust and the activism, you’ll guess that about me.

“In a way security comes less high up for me in priorities than experiences.”

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Liz in Would I Lie To You? (Credit: BBC)

What is Liz up to now?

In the same Radio Times interview, Liz said that during her time on Silent Witness, she had never had so many auditions for parts.

In the last few years, she has appeared on the 150th episode of Who Do You Think You Are? and Would I Lie To You.

She also played characters in Netflix series The OA in 2019 and sitcom Devs in 2020.

Now she’s landed a role in Netflix’s fantasy series, The Witcher, for its second series. She will play Fenn, alongside Henry Cavill and Freya Allen.

Although no concrete transmission date has been announced by the streaming giant, fans can expect it later this year.

Silent Witness series 24
Jason Wong joins the cast as Adam (Credit: BBC)

What do we know about series 24 of Silent Witness?

Clarissa and Dr Thomas Chamberlain (Richard Lintern) shocked fans by leaving the show at the end of series 23.

But series 24 – which is imminent on BBC One – welcomes in some new members to the team.

The BBC is teasing that Nikki (Emilia Fox) and Jack (David Caves) will be “forced increasingly close to one another”.

The arrival of Adam Yuen (Jason Wong) disturbs this new dynamic.

He’s described as “a confident, bright and keen pathologist who’s constantly striving to be the best, he immediately rubs Nikki and Jack up the wrong way”.

Emilia Fox in Silent Witness
Emilia and the gang will return soon (Credit: BBC)

When will it be on?

Piers Wenger, Head of Drama at the BBC, said: “Silent Witness entertains audiences from all generations and continues to be one of the UK’s most successful returning crime drama series.

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“I’m thrilled it will continue to grip the nation in 2021, and can’t wait for viewers to see what is in store for its 25th anniversary in 2022.”

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