Laurie Holden Exits NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ Spin-Off ‘Chicago Med’

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Laurie Holden - Major CrimesNBC’s Chicago Med is losing one of its main cast members.

Laurie Holden, whose long list of credits include The Walking Dead and Major Crimes, is exiting the Chicago Fire spin-off due to “family reasons”. Her departure comes several months before the series is set to debut this November. She was one of the few members of the main cast who appeared in the back-door pilot, which aired as an episode of Chicago Fire‘s third season.

Holden played Dr. Hannah Tramble, a fearless, brilliant ER surgeon whose tough as nails childhood has given her a dark edge. It is not immediately clear how the character’s departure will be handled on the show, but it is understood that the role will not be recast, with NBC and Dick Wolf’s Wolf Films opting to add a number of female characters in lieu of a straight replacement.

“I am so grateful to Dick Wolf, my fellow cast members, NBC and the entire Chicago Med team for their understanding”, Laurie Holden said in a statement. “Sometimes we must make tough choices and, for family reasons, not doing Chicago Med is one of those for me at this time. I know the show is going to be a huge success and I’ll be watching”.

Chicago MedSet to premiere on Tuesday November 10th at 10/9c, Chicago Med is described as emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. They will tackle unique new cases inspired by topical events, forging fiery relationships in the pulse-pounding pandemonium of the emergency room, and through it all, familiar faces from the Chicago police and fire departments will intertwine as this third team of Chicago heroes hits the ground running.

This is the latest casting change for Chicago Med, which has been adding to its cast since it scored a series order back in May. The main cast of the series includes Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya Dacosta, Colin Donnell and Brian Tee. Chicago Med was created by Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, all of whom serve as executive producers on the Universal Television produced series alongside Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski and director Joe Chappelle.