Catherine Russell, who has played Serena Campbell since 2012, is exiting BBC One’s Holby City. She is poised to leave the BBC Studios produced show with a “heroic exit” in the New Year.
Per the BBC, Serena will face a dark reminder from the past and then developments at the hospital will bring out her joyously rebellious side as she passionately fights for her family and her most cherished values.
“Playing Serena Campbell and being part of the Holby family has been an absolute delight”, said Catherine Russell. “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!”
While Simon Harper, Executive Producer of Casualty and Holby City, added: “Yes it’s true, the brilliant Catherine Russell is leaving the show. She’s truly one of the Holby greats, her mercurial portrayal of the unique, drily witty and passionate Serena literally lighting up the screen. We are all very sad to say goodbye to her – but it’s no surprise such a talented actor should want to go and play other roles again after seven outstanding years. Catherine, we wish you all the best, while raising a bucket of shiraz to the glory that is Ms Campbell – and I just can’t thank you enough.”