Why is Laila Rouass leaving Holby City?

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Holby City airs every Tuesday evening at 7.50pm on BBC One. The series has been on air since 1999 and unfortunately, over the years, the show has had to say goodbye to many beloved characters. Laila Rouass is currently starring as Sahira Shah in Holby City but why is she leaving? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Why is Laila Rouass leaving Holby City?

Laila Rouass has been a part of the Holby City family since 2011.

She left the series after just one year but returned to the show in February 2021, nine years after her final episode.

Rouass plays the role of Sahira Shah a Cardiothoracic surgical registrar who is close friends with Henrik Hanssen (Guy Henry).

On Friday, April 30, Rouass confirmed on Loose Women she is leaving Holby City.

Rouass also confirmed her final scenes would air tonight (Tuesday, April 4) on BBC One.

An exact reason for Rouass’s exit has not been officially announced but it should not come as a huge shock to fans.

This is because Rouass’s return to Holby City was never permanent.

Her character Sharia Shah was brought back to replace Jac Naylor as ward manager after actress Rosie Marcel left the soap after 16 years.

Her exit comes amid her characters current storyline involving her father, Reyhan Shah’s )Rad Rawi) suspicious death.

Reyhan died after suffering cardiac arrest but doctors were quick to notice the inconsistencies surrounding Reyhan’s circumstances before his death and how he died.

Speaking on Loose Women, Rouass confirmed viewers will find out the truth behind Reyhan’s death this week.

She said: “My father’s just had a cardiac arrest but they suspect that all is not what it seems, that his death is actually suspicious, and that’s where it’s left this week.

“Next week we find out if it was suspicious circumstances and if it is, who did it, and it’s actually – can I tell you my news? It’s my last week on Holby next week!”

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Panellist Linda Robson then questioned: “Can we just ask – is it because you’re going to prison for murdering him?’

Rouass gave nothing away and replied: “I can’t say! Trust you, Linda.”

In the series, viewers learned Sahira’s father had abused Henrik Hanssen when he was just a child.

However, the arrival of Sahira’s son Abs (Ali Hadj-Heshmati) turned Sahira’s life upside down.

Abs revealed to his mother he was also a victim of Reyhan’s abuse.

Did Sahira kill her father or did Henrik take matters into his own hands?

Holby City fans will hopefully find out this evening (Tuesday, May 4) on Holby City.

Rouass is also well known for her role as Amber Gates in Footballers’ Wives and Olivia in The Lodge

Her other credit include Safe, The Royals, Spooks and Midsomer Murders.

Holby City airs on Tuesdays on BBC One at 7.50pm

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