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Jasmine Burrows

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Played by Lucinda Dryzek

Appearance

S18 E41 ‘A Perfect Life’ – S19 E37 ‘For You May Be the Next to Die’

Job Title

F1

First Words

Excuse me, do you know your way around here? Ooh are you OK?

Last Words

(looks at Jac’s hand) No scar!

Background

Jasmine is the half-sister of Jac. However Jac has always shunned her due to her own toxic relationship with their mother Paula. When she arrives at Holby, she is desperate to find out more about Jac and have some some sort of relationship with her. The pair are very similar in many ways – they both hold a Machiavellian streak and can both be blunt when it needs to be. However Jasmine is far more warming to people and has an ability to charm.

Jasmine starts off at Holby befriending Morven and having a brief fling with Oliver. After being thrown off her first ward, Jasmine joins AAU however when Serena’s daughter Elinor dies under her care, it leads to a grief stricken Serena pushing her too far.

Morven’s friendship also comes under fire when in trying to get Morven to open up to the idea of a new romance, ends up texting her under the guise of a love interest.

Whilst her relationship with Jac starts off incredibly rocky, Jac can see she is a talented doctor and fights her corner when she comes under attack from Serena. Their relationship starts to thaw however with the arrival of nurse Fran, who used to attend a foster home with Jac, lead to Jasmine’s downfall and tragic death.

Memorable Moments

  • S18 E41 – Jasmine makes her debut to Holby.
  • S18 E44 – Morven offers Jasmine to move in with her.
  • S18 E46 – Jac returns to work and discovers Jasmine, her half-sister is an F1 at Holby.
  • S18 E49 – Zosia catches Oliver & Jasmine kissing.
  • S18 E50 – Jasmine is keen to impress Jac professionally and make a connection with her personally.
  • S19 E1 – A hungover Jasmine gets into trouble with Ric but finds a confidant in Tristan Woods.
  • S19 E7 – Dom and an ambitious Jasmine go head-to-head for the role of Isaac’s research assistant.
  • S19 E12 – A dejected Jasmine faces her first shift on AAU under Serena’s watchful eye.
  • S19 E13 – Serena’s daughter Elinor sustains a fatal injury unbeknown to Jasmine who has been treating her.
  • S19 E18 – Jasmine reveals some gut-wrenching news to a grieving Serena.
  • S19 E20 – Morven is concerned about Serena’s abrasiveness towards Jasmine.
  • S19 E21 – Serena channels her grief into the campaign of intimation directed at Jasmine.
  • S19 E22 – Jasmine exhausts herself preparing to join Serena for prestigious surgery, where she can finally prove herself to Jac.
  • S19 E25 – Jasmine finds herself in Serena’s crossfire again when she makes a discovery about a patient.
  • S19 E26 – When an emotionally weary Jasmine makes a life-changing decision, Serena is brought up short by the pain she has caused.
  • S19 E27  – Matteo takes it upon himself to unite Jac and Jasmine, who are further apart than ever after Jasmine’s ordeal with Serena.
  • S19 E31 – Morven questions repairing her friendship with Jasmine following their fall-out.
  • S19 E33 – Jasmine is feeling sheepish after a drunken night out having no recollection of the phone calls she made to Jac and Morven.
  • S19 E36 – Jasmine and Jac’s relationship continues to thaw. Jasmine begins to grow suspicious of nurse Fran’s attempts to befriend Jac.
  • S19 E37 – Following a confrontation with Fran, Jasmine is pushed but falls, fatally injuring herself with a scalpel that was in her pocket. The team are unable to save her.

Love Interests

  • Oliver Valentine

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Berenice ‘Bernie’ Wolfe

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Played by Jemma Redgrave

Appearance

S18 E17 ‘Serenity’ –

Job Title

Consultant General Surgeon

First Words

Ah great, Guy Self – good to meet you!

Background

Major Berenice ‘Bernie’ Wolfe had been serving the army, when she is brought into Holby with heart problems and a neck fracture. She’d been training medics in Afghanistan when the car she was in hit a roadside IED. Already at loggerheads, Guy won’t operate on her spine if her heart might rupture, but Ollie won’t operate on her chest if her spinal chord is at risk. As they argue, Bernie tells the pair they must operate at the same time.

Bernie has no real desire to leave the army but when she is offered the position as Consultant General Surgeon on Keller, she feels she owes it to her family and to save her marriage to husband Marcus, to take the job. As the weeks go on, Bernie shows herself to be a surgeon used to quick-fire decisions, not the long-winded bureaucracy that often accompanies civilian life. It leads Hanssen to question whether she is ready to leave the army behind. Ric and Bernie initially have a difficult working relationship, he has to remind her that he is in charge however they gradually come to have a mutual respect of eachother. When an old army colleague, Alex, turns up in Holby we learn why Bernie wasn’t so keen to leave her army life behind. Bernie and Alex had an affair whilst in Afghanistan and it’s clear that they still have feelings for eachother but Alex feels Bernie is not ready to have a relationship with her and leaves telling Bernie she needs to get her life in order first. With Dom’s advice, she realises she needs to stop living a lie and plans to end her marriage with Marcus, soon after Marcus brutally serves her divorce papers.

Memorable Moments

  • S18 E17 – Bernie arrives as a patient from Afghanistan after being injured.
  • S18 E20 – Bernie breaks the rules to perform practicing medicine used on the frontline to treat a patient.
  • S18 E23 – Patient Lorna makes a complaint against Bernie due to her blunt approach, as she undergoes a bi-lateral mastectomy.
  • S18 E28 – When ex-army colleague Alex turns up in Holby, we learn they had an affair and Bernie needs to re-evaluate her life.

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Morven Digby

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Played by Eleanor Fanyinka

Appearance

S17 E38 ‘Losing Control of the Wheel’ – S19 E64 ‘Always Forever’

Job Title

Foundation Training Year 1

First Words

Background

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Zosia March

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Played by Camilla Arfwedson

Appearance

S15 E48 ‘The Kick Inside’ – S19 E51 ‘Veil of Tears (Part Two)’; S20 E1 ‘The Prisoner’; S21 E8 ‘Never Say Never’ – S21 E16 ‘North and South’

Job Title

F1 / F2 / CT1/ CT2

First Words

Malick : Oi newbie!

Zosia : Are you talking to me?

Family

Father, Guy Self. Mother, Anya and grandmother, Valerie Sturgeon.

Background

Zosia is determined, ambitious and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She isn’t afraid to question hierarchy and she doesn’t feel obliged to fit in, but she is open-minded and fiercely loyal to those she likes.

A private person, she holds a troubled past, having struggled to get over her mother’s death to cancer and holding blame with her father, who happens to be CEO Guy Self. During the series she is also diagnosed with bi-polar.

Zosia forms a close bond with Arthur and Dominic but the death of Arthur from cancer in Series 18 hits them hard. After failed relationships with Jesse Law and Sebastian Coulter, Zosia finally gets close to Oliver Valentine and as they prepare to tie the knot in September 2017 – her troubled relationship with her father looks set to cause friction.

Love Interests

  • Jesse Law
  • Sebastian Coulter
  • Oliver Valentine

Memorable Moments

  • S15 E48 – Zosia makes her debut.
  • S16 E1 – Elliot finds working with Zosia a handful.
  • S16 E9 – Zosia moves in with Arthur.
  • S16 E12 – Guy offers Zosia an olive branch which she stubbornly refuses.
  • S16 E16 – Sacha forces Zosia into theatre, where her lack of dedication and skill nearly proves fatal.
  • S16 E19 – Zosia and Guy finally attempt to bond over her mother’s death.
  • S16 E23 – After going up against Guy to the board, Zosia and Guy have a heated debate.
  • S16 E25 – Zosia has a tough shift on the anniversary of her mother’s death.
  • S16 E34 – Zosia and Jesse kiss.
  • S16 E39 – Jesse tells Zosia it’s over whilst Guy learns of their relationship.
  • S16 E42 – Zosia collapses following an overdose on drugs and alcohol.
  • S21 E16 – Zosia reveals her baby is Oliver’s and decides to leave Holby.

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Gemma Wilde

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Appearance

S15 E15 ‘Push the Button (Part Two) – S16 E10 ‘Father’s Day’

Job Title

Foundation Training Year 1

First Words

Background

Gemma is from a working class background – she wasn’t born with a silver spoon but this has never stopped her from achieving, doing what she wants. She is incredibly naturally bright, picks things up easily and does well academically without trying too hard, much to Arthur’s chagrin. She’s instinctively good at medicine, a natural doctor. She has a world-wise quality and a pastoral understanding (though she’s very much tough love) which is informed by her background, she has grown up with life’s variety, and the fact that she is a mother. She got pregnant at 18, was determined to complete her A levels and then gave birth to a son, Finn, who is now 8 years old. Everyone thought that was it for Gemma, but a year after giving birth, she went to med school. Gemma can do it all, she is a professional plate spinner, a fighter – she doesn’t ever dwell on the sacrifices she has made for her son – relationships, going out etc, besides her mum helps her with this. She rarely shows vulnerability. But the one thing that gets her is anything to do with her child. Gemma and her mother have an arrangement – her mother looks after her son and the deal is it’s guilt free, Gemma is making a better life for her and her son. But sometimes she needs to just admit that feels guilty she can’t always be there to see her son growing.

She attended the same university as Arhut , with whom she still enjoys a sibling-esque relationship, and who she will still occasionally foist child-care duties onto. But whereas he would diligently, study and attend every lecture early, Gemma would rock up late and still beat him in the rankings! Whilst at med school, and desperate to provide for Finn, she started working for an online advice column as Dr Honey, answering sexual and emotional problems posted by mainly men. When the owner of the site asked her to pose for some pictures to go alongside her page she didn’t hesitate, she could do with the extra money from the photo shoot.  It soon became clear that the photographers’ purpose was not to take a respectable picture of her but to turn the site into a risqué ‘sexpert’ page. Gemma is horrified by the pictures and asks them to be taken down immediately. She quits the job and hopes that she can put the incident behind her. But sadly the photographs have not disappeared; all someone needs to do is google ‘Dr Honey’ and they find them. It has become a millstone around her neck, people always seem to find out about it, she can’t escape her mistake.

She has a firecracker personality and a truth-teller. She is tough, fierce, worldy-wise, she doesn’t suffer fools gladly. And she’s self-possessed – there’s a maturity beyond her years. But she’s fun, a real energy, and doesn’t take herself and life too seriously – she just deals with it. She has a fruity turn of phrase / can be un-PC – there’s no filter, she unapologetically says it how it is. And more often than not this works with patients. She is a real life force, and has a magnetism and vibrancy about her, everyone wants to be Gemma’s friend – she stays at a party just long enough for everyone to miss her when she’s gone. She’s friendly and popular with most people.

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Serena Campbell

Played by Catherine Russell

Appearance

S14 E29 ‘Coercion’ –

Job Title

Consultant General Surgeon

First Words

(to Malick) Oh nice man bag!

Family

Ex-husband, Edward. One daughter Elinor (d.2017 of brain injury). Mother, Adrienne McKinnie (d.2014 of dementia/stroke). Nephew, Jason Haynes.

Background

Charmingly candid and utterly professional, Serena has arrived at Holby to shake up the old order. Unlike many of her contemporaries she has an outstanding business brain. Equally at home in the boardroom or in theatre, she is an unapologetic achiever and fearless architect of change, wielding her iron fist in an exquisite velvet glove. Serena is a force to be reckoned with.

We first meet Serena when she bumps into Malick at the end of S14 E29, however she officially joins the team as Keller’s Consultant in S14 E30. Despite Malick’s warnings, Ric is convinced that he will be able to handle her but they immediately clash over a patient’s care. In S14 E31, Frieda is caught between Ric and Serena as they both jostle for theatre time. In S14 E33, Malick finds himself head to head against Serena over a particular case, but when she gives him full responsibility for the patient, he faces the pressure. In S14 E34, Ric’s unimpressed that Serena seems more interested in performing elective surgeries that caring for a vulnerable patient. But when they’re forced to work together in an emergency, it looks like the pair have finally called a truce. In S14 E40, Ric is concerned that Serena does not have patient Grace’s best interests at heart. He betrays Serena to the patient’s relative, and Hanssen. In S14 E41, Serena’s struggling to meet targets under Hanssen’s watchful eye and comes up with a scheme that will change the face of Holby. In S14 E42, Serena ploughs ahead with her plans for the modernisation of Holby as Michael struggles with the new rules. Malick is caught in the power struggle between Serena and Ric and who’s footsteps he should follow. In S14 E44, Emily, a young farmer, is brought in with serious injuries, the new non-referral system has Chrissie concerned. She clashes with Serena over getting Emily the right treatment, but earns Serena’s respect in the process. Serena mentions there is a nursing position going – she thinks Chrissie would be the perfect person. In S14 E46, Serena’s unimpressed when she discovers that a recovering alcoholic is the primary candidate for a liver transplant. But when it then appears that they are no longer suitable to receive the organ, she clashes with Ric and fights for her patient to be given a second chance. In S14 E50, tensions are high as Ric, Serena, Michael and George await the outcome of the report on Mr Mooney. Serena tries to get on with her day, introducing new streamlined treatment, which brings her into direct opposition with Ric. However, when a case turns out to be more complicated than expected and is forced to ask Ric for help.

In S15 E3, the arrival of new CT1 Lilah causes ripples in the AAU playground as Michael and Serena do battle for her respect. In S15 E5, Ric is caught between his patient and the future of Holby as Serena gears up to take over the running of the hospital in Hanssen’s absence. In s15 E7, Serena’s hoping that today’s her last shift on AAU, and is even more delighted when she discovers she’s worked with Imelda before. She throws herself into doing a good job, convinced she’ll be back on Keller in no time. But it turns out Serena’s memory hasn’t served her well and Imelda’s not who she thought she was. In S15 E13, when Serena learns Hanssen’s in his native Stockholm, where he’s trying to block a £40 million cash injection for Holby from Swedish pharmaceutical firm, Scandicor, she orders Jac to find him – and find out why. In S15 E14, Serena is running Holby like clockwork, but gets a shock when she sees that Hanssen has returned and is back in his role as director of surgery. She tries to prove herself to be worthy of being his second-in-command. In S15 E18, Serena finds herself professionally compromised when her mother, Adrienne is admitted to Holby. When she discovers that Adrienne will have to wait for her operation on the NHS, she contemplates going private. In S15 E20, after choosing to have her mother, treated on the NHS, Serena brings her back to Holby for a bowel operation. Having been on a waiting list for two weeks, Serena is eager for her mum to be seen as soon as possible. So she’s put out when Ric reveals Adrienne’s surgery will be delayed further to make way for another patient, Dawn, with bowel cancer. Adrienne eventually has her surgery and, as she recovers, overworked nurse Chantelle is instructed to do her hourly observations. But as she goes to check on Adrienne, she’s called away when Dawn deteriorates. While left unattended for two hours, Adrienne suffers a serious stroke. Angry, Serena tells Ric she wants to make an official complaint about her mother’s treatment. Next episode she is further irate when Adrienne’s transfer to the stroke ward is delayed. In S15 E25, an undercover journalist is treated by Serena and threatens to expose the legal action she is taking against her own hospital. Serena is forced to question her actions as she realises how easy it is to make mistakes under pressure. In S15 E28, Ric accepts Serena’s challenge to spend the day on a very busy AAU. Despite the rush, Ric vows to take things slow and dismisses many of Gemma‘s suggestions but when she stops him making a near-fatal error he’s grateful for her intervention. Later, Ric tells Serena his AAU experience was ‘invigorating’. In S15 E43, Serena gets a blast from the past when she discovers her ex-husband Edward is Holby’s new locum anaesthetist – and she’s most certainly not pleased to see him. Serena has bigger concerns that day as she treats Mr Capponi, who’s been brought to Holby with a badly infected leg, and they need to amputate to avoid blood poisoning. But when Serena and Edward disagree on how the patient should be anaesthetised, then Edward makes a comment to Malick about Serena wanting things her own way, she flips out! Edward quickly apologises and, later in theatre, he watches as Serena tries to calm a distressed Mr Capponi, who’s awake under epidural. After the operation, Edward reckons they should open some wine and bury the hatchet. In S15 E44, Serena finds out that she and Edward are attending the same medical dinner and becomes determined not to be seen without a date – but finding someone to go with her proves easier said than done. In S15 E45, Serena’s delighted to be performing a difficult operation that will be streamed live to surgical students. But when her mother is admitted to hospital she’s conflicted between her responsibilities as a daughter and her professional development and has to turn to ex-husband Edward for advice. In S15 E46, Serena’s feeling tense working alongside her smooth-tongued ex-husband. He enjoys making light of their unusual work set-up, but when she secretly looks through a bag delivered by courier from his wife, she realises he’s been economical with the truth.

In S16 E7, as Serena receives news that there’s been a roof collapse, a man arrives at Holby with two patients, Becca and Ewan, who have been skewered together by a metal pole. Serena gets a shock when the man introduces himself as new CEO, Guy Self. Serena struggles to accept Guy is Holby’s new boss and the pair clash on how best to treat Becca and Ewan. After the pair are successfully separated, Guy is forced to perform brain surgery on Becca – and he hasn’t operated in eight months! After making himself comfortable in Serena’s office, Guy gives a speech to the hospital staff and warns that changes are coming. In S16 E8, a suspected smuggler starts causing a stir on AAU, Serena is brought in to deal with him – but soon it’s not clear who’s handling whom. In S16 E9, Mary-Claire is devastated when she discovers that lover Edward is in the midst of reuniting with his ex-wife, Serena. Broken hearted that Edward stood her up for a date with his ex, Mary-Claire angrily suggests to the anaesthetist that if Serena found out he’d been sleeping with her, she wouldn’t be so keen to get back with him. But, with that, Edward turns nasty and threatens that if Mary-Claire reveals their affair, he’ll make sure she’s out of a job by Christmas. In S16 E11, Serena and Edward arrive at work full of festive romance after rekindling their relationship, but Mary-Claire’s annoyed he’s still trying to discredit her fearing Serena will find out about their recent affair and she puts him in a position where he’s forced to confess all. Next episode, still reeling from her break-up with Edward, Serena throws herself into her work to take her mind off things. In S16 E13, Serena’s angered when Edward surprises her with flowers in an attempt to win her back. But she’s determined not to let him make a fool of her again. She decides to attend an alumni dinner with Ric at his old university. In S16 E17, Serena’s furious when she’s sent to cover AAU, but soon strikes up a bond with a patient, who is none other than Harry‘s dad! When Billy Tressler presents her with a business opportunity, Serena thinks she’s finally found a way to prove her worth to Guy. But with her eye firmly on the prize, but Harry tries to heed Serena a warning that his father is not all he seems. In S16 E25, following the news that Connie has taken over as the new head of the ED, Serena enlists Adele‘s help to ensure all patients on AAU complete the new patient satisfaction survey. In S16 E28, Guy’s delighted to reunite his old friend and protégé Jesse Law, who’s interviewed by both Guy and Serena for the position of Holby’s new consultant anaesthetist. Jesse’s confidence doesn’t win over Serena, who’s particularly unimpressed to learn he was dismissed from his last job for getting too close to a patient. Jesse gets the job regardless and reveals his maverick side when he goes against Serena and champions risky surgery for a patient. In S16 E32, as she arrives late for work, Serena knows it’s going to be one of those days when she’s squirted by a kid with a water pistol, then boss Guy wants her to file a report sooner than expected. Serena quickly gets to work on the report but is then called away to treat patient Lennie, who’s fractured his shoulder falling out of a tree. Already with enough on her plate, Serena’s mum Adrienne then turns up – and she’s soon getting on her daughter’s nerves. Serena’s bad day gets worse when Lennie gets up onto the hospital roof and refuses to come down until his ex-wife assures him he can see more of his son Ben, who had squirted Serena with the water pistol. But as Ben makes his own way up onto the roof, tragedy strikes. Shattered from the day’s events and after a serious dressing down from Guy about the rooftop incident, Serena drowns her sorrows in a bottle of wine. In S16 E33, Adrienne, returns to Holby to visit the warden of her flats, Roger, who’s had a fall. Roger confides in Serena that his accident happened after Adrienne flooded her bathroom. In fact, not only did Adrienne forget to turn the taps off, she’d forgotten about even running a bath.Later, Adrienne accidentally gives Roger a drink containing soluble aspirin, which he’s allergic to, and he goes into life-threatening anaphylactic shock. After stabilising Roger, Serena has to admit her mum has dementia, and needs constant care. In S16 E40, when Serena’s mother’s carer calls in sick, she is forced to bring Adrienne into Holby. Later, as they head home, a confused Adrienne lashes out, leaving Serena with a cut lip. Adrienne’s unaware of what she’s done but Serena’s in no doubt her mum’s condition is going to get worse. In S16 E43, Serena’s mother takes a turn for the worse, but instead of receiving sympathy she finds herself confronted about it from all sides, as a patient challenges her methods of dealing with Adrienne, while Guy questions her ability to be a carer and a consultant at the same time. In S16 E50, fearing her mother’s had a mini stroke, Serena wants Adrienne treated on AAU, so Raf and Fletch agree to take over her care. As Raf examines Adrienne, however, she becomes agitated and Fletch realises why when he finds bruising on her arms. When Raf asks where she got her injuries from, Adrienne suggests Serena’s been abusing her. As Raf uncovers more bruises, Serena goes over to check everything’s OK with her mother’s treatment. As Adrienne shies away in her daughter’s presence, Fletch and Raf fear they’ll have to consider the possibility Serena’s been hitting her mother. When Adrienne then claims Serena’s stolen her jewellery, Raf confronts Serena, who’s upset when he suggests Adrienne’s bruises are defence wounds. But Raf soon realises Serena might be the one having to defend herself when Adrienne, still angry over her apparent missing rings, goes for Serena in a violent rage.

In S17 E3, Serena is determined to handle things calmly when her mother is brought in for treatment, but when her daughter Eleanor arrives wanting to know what’s wrong with her grandmother, once again the consultant’s personal and professional lives collide. In S17 E5, Serena is distraught that her mother no longer recognises her, so an old soldier helps bring them together. In S17 E6, when a confused Adrienne throws a tantrum on AAU, where she’s recovering from pneumonia, Serena takes her outside to calm down. There, in a moment of clarity, Adrienne tells Serena she’s tired of living with her deteriorating condition and asks if she’ll ‘pull the plug’ on her. Serena flatly refuses to help so, later, a lucid Adrienne tells Serena she wants to request a Do Not Resuscitate order – she doesn’t want to become completely senile and bed-ridden. As family, Serena can’t authorise the DNR order herself, so she confides in colleague Raf. He says he’ll verify Adrienne’s in a fit state of mind to make such a decision and then oversees as Adrienne signs the consent form. Later Adrienne suffers a severe stroke and dies. In S17 E7, Raf proves to be a good friend to Serena at a time of need. In S17 E8, Serena battles against the belt-tightening recommendations of the Holby board when chairman Angus Farrell comes down to AAU and starts advocating some fierce cuts. In S17 E10, when Serena learns that Raf and Harry still don’t know which of them fathered Amy‘s baby, she decides to lend a hand in getting the ball rolling. Amy confides in Serena that she wants to go ahead with the paternity test and Serena fast-tracks the results.

Memorable Moments

  • S14 E30 – Ric and Serena clash over a patient’s care
  • S15 E20 – Serena threatens to make a complaint over her mother’s treatment in AAU
  • S15 E43 – Serena discovers her ex-husband is the new Anesthetist at Holby
  • S16 E11 – Serena and Edward’s romantic reunion comes to an abrubt end
  • S16 E13 – Serena drowns her sorrows at Ric’s alumni party
  • S16 E32 – Serena faces a tough shift after a dressing down from Guy
  • S16 E50 – The team discover the extent of Adrienne’s condition
  • S17 E5 – An old soldier tries to bring Serena and Adrienne closer
  • S17 E6 – Adrienne dies after suffering a stroke

“I’m not a bloody Geisha!”

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Love Interests

  • Edward Campbell
  • Angus Farrell
  • Robbie Medcalf
  • Bernie Wolfe

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Mo Effanga

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Played by Chizzy Akudolu

Appearance

S14 E32 ‘Double Bubble’ – S19 E36 ‘For the Love of Maureen’; S20 E47 ‘One of Us’ – S20 E52 ‘Best Christmas Ever’

Job Title

Specialist Registrar, Cardiothoracic Surgery

First Words

Jonny and Mo are waiting for Elliot. Jonny is impatient, tapping his foot.

Mo : Foot!

Jonny : Did he say a time?

Mo : Nope, just meet him here. You could meditate!

Family

Mo grew up with her mother, Ina and two sisters Adele and Celia. During her time at Holby, she discovered her biological mother was infact Ina’s sister, Violet. Her father, Clifford George. Current partner, Derwood Thompson.

Children

Mo was a surrogate mother to a boy, William. She also has one son, Hector, from her relationship with Derwood.

Background

A passionate believer that our bodies are merely on loan to us, Mo is generous, plain-speaking and warm-hearted. As a transplant specialist she builds long term relationships with her patients and goes the extra mile to ensure their very best care. She arrives at Holby with ally and best mate, Jonny. Disorganised and chaotic in her personal life, if there’s a disastrous man on the horizon, she’ll find him!

We are first introduced to Mo in S14 E32 when she joins Darwin’s new Transplant Team with Jonny. Jac is particularly not happy with the intention on them and is unimpressed to notice Mo is also heavily pregnant. In S14 E41, Mo goes into labour and it is finally revealed that Mo is having a surrogate pregnancy for another woman, Sorcia. Sorcia, due to be her birthing partner is delayed and Jac is forced to help her give birth. Mo gives birth to a baby boy and hands him over to Sorcia, left to face the consequences of her surrogacy alone.  In S14 E44, Mo is back at work after giving up her baby and insists to Jonny that she is fine, but Jonny is not so sure whether Mo is physically or mentally strong enough to be back at work yet. When Mo sees Sorcia at the hospital, Sorcia tries to persuade her to see the baby. Mo is at first reluctant but decides to make a tearful visit. In S14 E46, Mo is disappointed when Jonny reveals he cannot go to her family party because of his auntie’s birthday. Feeling bad, Jonny decides to try and set Mo up with Mr Thompson (her obstetrician). Mo is furious when she finds out what he’s been up to, especially when she realises he lied about his auntie’s birthday as he’s actually going on a weekend away with Jac. In S14 E47, Mo is feeling isolated from Jonny after he lied to her about seeing Jac. When a complicated medical dilemma arrives in the shape of a Jehovah’s Witness who wants a bloodless operation, Mo and Jac are divided over how best to proceed. In S14 E49, Jac is worried that the hospital are gossiping about her and Jonny.  When she sees Ollie and Mo whispering she jumps to conclusions and takes it out on Mo when they have to work together on a case.   In S14 E50, Jac and Ollie are away at a conference. When Jonny and Mo find Ollie’s phone left in the locker room, they can’t resist pulling a prank on Tara.

Memorable Moments

  • S14 E32 – Mo is welcomed onto Darwin in a new Transplant Team.
  • S14 E41 – A reluctant Jac helps surrogate mother Mo give birth.
  • S14 E44 – Mo emotionally visits the baby she gave away to surrogacy.

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  • Derwood Thompson

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Tara Lo

Played by Jing Lusi

Appearance

S14 E21 ‘Fresh Blood’ – S15 E27 ‘Great Expectations’

Job Title

Foundation Training Year 1

First Words

Hi, I’m here to see Miss Naylor. She’s expecting me.

Background

Vibrant, beautiful and annoyingly eager. Tara Lo pushes herself to excel amongst her peers. She comes from a privileged background but is acutely aware of life’s frailty and in a hurry to establish herself as a brilliant doctor. Her perfectionist nature sometimes hides a lack of confidence and she has a short-lived temper when things don’t go her way, but on the rare occasions when she lets her guard down she has an endearingly goofy sense of humour.

When she makes her debut in S14 E21, her mentor Jac has no time for her particularly as she is so overkeen and passes her on to Oliver to look after. When Tara nearly kills a patient, it questions whether she should be a doctor at all but taking pity on her, Oliver encourages her to stick it out. In S14 E23, Frieda has been tasked with mentoring Tara but is finding the constant stream of questioning difficult.  Distracted by the many duties Malick has offloaded onto her; it is only thanks to Tara’s diligence that a patient’s self-medication comes to light. In S14 E26, when Tara has her first patient death on Keller she has to learn that dealing with death is just part of the job. A patient, dressed as a clown, who reveals he is terminally ill, helps her come to terms with this. In S14 E30, Tara is keen to impress Jac and jumps at the chance to help her with a difficult patient.  When she ends up making matters worse, she is terrified of Jac’s wroth and has to go elsewhere for help. In S14 E34, A transplant patient jeopardises her chances of receiving a life-changing operation, but Tara is determined to ensure she gets the care she needs – even if it means putting her own career at risk. However, her plan also puts Oliver in the firing line. In S14 E35, Ollie has to be reminded to keep personal feelings off the ward when he tries to protect Tara by covering for her mistake. In S14 E37, Tara tries to impress Hanssen while completing her duties on Darwin, but when she finally gets the attention from him that she has been craving, it is for entirely different reasons; he learns that she has a brain tumour that she has kept quiet. In S14 E39, Tara meets Hanssen to discover her fate – but Ollie suspects they may be discussing something else instead. Hanssen agrees that she can keep her job so long as he can keep an eye on her condition and be notified if there are any changes to her health. In S14 E40, Mo asks Ollie to work with Tara on a sensitive patient case, Ollie childishly tries to shut her out. An argument ensues and threatens Ollie’s professional standing with his colleagues, and his duty to the patient’s teenage son, James. Ultimately Tara and Ollie work together to help James come to terms with the fact his mum is dying. In doing so, the pair get closer. In S14 E42, Tara finds herself torn between her feelings for Ollie and her desire for professional advancement with Jac. In S14 E45, Tara is so desperate to prove that she can cope with Jac’s brutal regime, she rejects any help from Elliot or Ollie. Her pride then stops her from then admitting she is struggling with the  patient’s diagnosis, resulting in a routine test going very wrong. In S14 E48, Jac refuses to read Tara’s research project until she has solved the patient’s case, but when it takes longer than expected it interferes with her date with Ollie. Tara realises she will have to face up to Jac. In S14 E50, Jac and Ollie are away at a conference. When Jonny and Mo find Ollie’s phone left in the locker room, they can’t resist pulling a prank on Tara. In S14 E52, Ollie and Tara’s relationship strengthens, he accidentally tells her that he loves her. Tara struggles to come to terms with it but a patient makes her see that they are soulmates.

In S15 E1, Elliot is horrified by Tara’s treatment of a patient who is refusing life-saving surgery. In S15 E8, Hertzig patient, Aisha, is readmitted, and Elliot does all he can to save her, but it’s not enough. Her death has a massive impact on Tara, and when Ollie confronts her about her overreaction to Aisha’s death, Tara knows it’s time to come clean about her brain tumour or risk losing Ollie forever. In S15 E10, Ollie returns to Holby, having spent time away desperately researching Tara’s condition whilst she is upset that he left her in her time of need. In S15 E12, Ollie is concerned that Tara’s reveal has forced her back into her shell. When he tries to engage her in a patient case it’s clear that Tara is frustrated. In S15 E16, Tara faces her worst fear as she suffers yet another symptom. As she undergoes another scan, she’s concerned this the beginning of the end. In S15 E17, Ollie is sick of splitting his life between two homes and suggests he move in with Tara, but when she refuses his attempts to win her round get them both in hot water with Elliot. In S15 E24, Tara is given a fantastic opportunity to assist in theatre, only to experience another symptom of her tumour. As she faces her demons head on, she realises the time may finally have come for her to admit defeat. In S15 E25, Tara arrives back at Holby, refusing to believe her career is over, leading to a breakdown when she finally realises she can no longer cope with her debilitating condition. In S15 E26, with Tara’s operation looming, she proposes to Ollie. Although concerned, she isn’t thinking straight, he agrees and they marry. In S15 E27, Tara’s friends and family gather to support her as she goes under the knife to have her brain tumour removed, but it seems everyone but the patient is looking for complications.

Memorable Moments

  • S14 E21 – Tara nearly kills a patient on her first shift.
  • S14 E26 – A terminally ill patient dressed as a clown teaches Tara to come to terms with dealing with death.
  • S14 E37 – Hanssen learns that Tara has a brain tumour.
  • S14 E48 – Tara stands up to Jac with her relationship with Oliver.
  • S14 E52 – Tara and Oliver’s relationship blossoms at Sacha & Chrissie’s wedding.
  • S15 E8 – Tara admits to Oliver about her brain tumour.
  • S15 E24 – Tara faces her demons head on.
  • S15 E25 – Tara suffers a breakdown as her symptoms develop.
  • S15 E26 – Tara and Oliver marry.

 

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Lulu Hutchinson

Played by Fiona Hampton

Appearance

S13  E40 ‘Going it Alone’ – S13  E47 ‘Who Needs Enemies’

Job Title

F1

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Sahira Shah

Played by Laila Rouass

Appearance

S13 E18 ‘Blue Valentine’ – S14 E27 ‘Ribbons’

Job Title

Specialist Registrar, Cardiothoracic Surgery

First Words

Sahira walks into Greg coming out of the lift and spills her coffee.

Sahira : My shirt!

Last Words

Sahira : Just some show, some feeling. This whole ‘You wasted my time’, this betrayal, just explain!

Hanssen : Why?

Sahira : Because

Hanssen : And who benefits from this so call show of feeling, other than you.

(Sahira is last seen driving away out of the Holby gates)

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Memorable Moments

“I didn’t bake the cupcakes. I bought them and then put them in some tupperware to look like i’d made them.”

 

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Penny Valentine

Played by Emma Catherwood

Appearance

S11 E34 ‘Proceed With Caution’ – S13 E26 ‘Boy Valentine, Girl Valentine’

Job Title

Foundation House Officer

First Words

Jac : Now while I sort out what’s what, you can take a look at the board and see if there’s any patients here that you would give priority to.

Penny : On what grounds?

Jac : On the grounds that if you don’t, you’ll be sending them to the morgue!

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Connie Beauchamp

Played by Amanda Mealing

Appearence

S6 E35 ‘In at the Deep End’ – S13 E11 ‘Snow Queens’; S16 E42 ‘One Small Step’; S17 E4 ‘Chaos in Her Wings’; S18 E47 ‘Protect and Serve’

Job Title

Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon

First Words

I need to listen to your chest to find out what’s going on, okay?

Background

For Casualty Appearance click here

Connie is a super-confident, ballbreaker with an appetite for life. She takes no nonsense and is keen to make sure everyone knows she is boss. Although she has sometimes shown a sensitive side, when it comes to men she uses her charm and persuasion to get them where she wants them.

Connie arrives on Darwin in S6 E35. Dressed in a sharp designer suit and high heels, she quickly turns heads. Will is not so easily impressed by her looks and they clash. But when he reluctantly comes to terms with the fact that he has a female boss, he apologises for his behaviour, and Connie agrees to give him a second chance. Unlike Will, Ric is very impressed with Connie and spends most of the day flirting outrageously with her. His flirtation leads to a rendezvous in his office at the end of their shifts. Afterwards, Connie takes great delight in telling Ric that she is also the new medical director, in effect his boss. Ric is taken aback by the news but hopes that they are on the same side. In S6 E36, Ric assumes that something will happen with Connie after sleeping with her last episode. She says that they may have a repeat performance – if she has the time. Ric thinks he has met his match but Zubin warns he is out of his league. Will finds it difficult working under Connie’s direction. She puts him in his place when she does not agree with a judgement call that he makes. She sweeps his protests aside, saying she understands his need to assert himself but not at the expense of her patient. In S6 E38, tensions rise at Holby, as Will finds it increasingly difficult to work under Connie. After constantly berating and belittling him, she questions him about his privileged upbringing, letting him know that she got her position through hard work alone. Things come to a head in Connie’s office, when, instead of disciplining Will, she orders him to go out for a drink with her. Although he’s clearly uncomfortable with the situation, she’s enjoying the power game – especially when she discovers he’s a Lord. In S6 E39, Zubin and Mubbs lobby Connie to procure funds for their departments. Connie is receptive to Zubin’s requests, whilst Mubbs’s flirtatious tactics are less successful. Connie calls Mubbs into her office at the end of the day. She tells him to lock the door, taking control, and they have sex. Will is adamant that Connie’s charms will not work on him. He heads into her office, just as a sheepish-looking Mubbs is leaving. Connie, unfazed by Will witnessing her rendezvous with Mubbs, continues her attempts to seduce him, but Will declines again. In S6 E40, Connie and Zubin cross swords over a patient after Connie agrees to undertake her risky operation. Zubin is not sure about the feasibility of the operation and becomes cynical about Connie’s motives when he finds out the patient’s husband works for the hospital trust. The operation is unsuccessful, but when Zubin witnesses Connie’s distress, he apologises; their relationship remains intact and the patient’s husband still promises to put in a good word for Zubin’s department. Mubbs is initially given the cold shoulder by Connie, but after a traumatic day, she propositions him for sex and invites him to her place. In S6 E41, Diane’s childminder calls in sick, so she is forced to take baby Jack to work with her. Although Connie warms to Diane at first, she is angry when she discovers that Jack is being looked after by Chrissie on the ward. Connie warns Diane that she must choose between being a mother or having a career. Connie flirts with Mubbs in front of Rosie, leading to an argument between the couple. In S6 E43, Zubin tells Connie his plans for the hospital. In the departmental meeting, she outlines these ideas, claiming them as her own, and changes what they had agreed. She tells Zubin he will be heading the out-of-hours team and ignores his protests. They argue and Zubin warns Connie that he will not take this lying down. In S6 E45, Connie tells Will she has a file of patient complaints about his attitude and informs him that she will be observing his bedside manner throughout the day. Will fails the test dramatically when he assumes a patient is faking her condition and tries to send her home. When she collapses – she is, in fact, seriously ill – her husband threatens to lodge an official complaint with the Board. Will asks Connie to defend him but she refuses to commit herself. In S6 E46, it is the day of Will’s disciplinary hearing. He chooses to stay in ITU and save a patient’s life rather than attend. Connie is impressed when he explains this and she takes responsibility for his actions to the board. When he finds out he has been reprieved, a grateful Will offers to buy Connie lunch. However, she says she expects more than this from him. During the charity trolley dash, Jess leans forward to kiss Zubin but they are interrupted. Connie sees this and later intimates to Zubin that if he does not reconsider his aversion to the new working hours, she will spread gossip about Zubin and Jess. In S6 E48, it’s Ric’s 50th birthday. Connie orders Will to attend the party. After a few drinks, they flirt and she follows him into another room. Will kisses her passionately and Connie pushes him on to the bed in a steamy clinch. However, before things can go any further, she gets up, leaving Will confused. Connie reveals that she does not want him; she just wanted to prove he could not resist her. In S6 E50, Connie is keeping a close eye on Will and, when he makes a poor judgement call with a patient, she punishes him by sending him to a teaching class that night. Ric warns Connie that if she keeps criticising Will, he might quit. Connie tells him that Will has the potential to be an excellent surgeon but he needs to be disciplined. In S6 E51, Will has had only a few hours sleep after working late for Connie. It is his son’s birthday, but Connie pages him to come to work. She refuses to let him leave early and, in the evening, his wife turns up on the ward and shouts at him for missing his son’s party. Connie later reprimands Will, telling him to leave domestic issues at home.

To stir up trouble, in S7 E2, Connie reveals to Jess that Zubin is heading to Paris. In S7 E3, Will tries to rush through his patients so that he can get home to his wife and son, but when one of them dies after an operation, he has to stay behind to explain to the father what happened. Later, Connie finds Will sitting alone in the corridor and tells him that when he is at work, the hospital is his priority. In S7 E5, Will is despondent after losing a patient. He writes a letter of resignation but Connie rips it up. Connie admits that she has been playing games with him but says she was doing it so he could realise his potential. In S7 E6, Connie tells Will she is pleased he threw away his letter of resignation and that she is impressed with his improved bedside manner. She adds that she may have gone too far in the past and that that they make a good team. He accepts her apology. In S7 E8, a pregnant Rosie confronts Connie, and she reveals that her and Mubbs slept together. In S7 E9, Mubbs suggests he should tell Connie’s husband, too. Connie calls her husband on her mobile and hands the phone to Mubbs. Mubbs is shocked and says nothing. In S7 E10, Will tells Connie that he wants to become more of a team player and he will replace Zubin as Santa at the Christmas party. She thinks this is a fantastic idea and later gives him his costume. Will is shocked as Connie is dressed as a sexy Miss Santa and Will is her elf. In S19 E17/ S7 E11, Connie and Harry deal with hospital chaos after a fuel tanker crashes into the department. In S7 E12, Connie helps clear up after last episode’s explosion. She also has to deal with a complaint against Will from canteen staff. She asks him to apologise but he refuses. In S7 E13, Connie holds a meeting to try and resolve the canteen issue, after staff have gone on strike. Connie suspends Will and says he must keep a dignified silence from the press. In S7 E14, Connie and Will argue. Connie tells him if he wants to keep his job he must apologise to the striking canteen workers. Will apologises to the canteen staff and they call off the strike. They mock him because of the newspaper reports of his aristocratic title, as does Connie when he informs her he has ended the strike. In S7 E16, a Health Minister is visiting the hospital that day and Connie wants everything to run smoothly. Connie complains to Will that newly appointed matron Lisa is too ambitious and that she is going to mentoring Mickie, which doesn’t please Lisa. In S7 E17, Mickie shadows Connie for the day as part of Lisa’s mentoring scheme. Lisa and Connie clash when Lisa insists Mickie is not qualified to assist with a procedure. Connie ignores Lisa and allows Mickie to work with her. Mickie is impressed by Connie’s professionalism and develops a crush on her. At the end of the shift she asks Connie to go for a drink with her – Connie politely declines. In S7 E19, a negative piece has been printed in the paper about the incident in which Ric was tabbed in ITU. Connie tells Will she has liaised with the press office to give a positive interview in a paper – with Will. Connie later returns with the journalist and photographers, Zubin shouts at Connie about the working time directive in front of them. She takes the crew up to photograph Will whilst he is operating. He protests but she says that she has done her research – he won a medal in the army and thus will make a great interview subject.In S7 E20, Will is annoyed about the interview in the paper calling him a hero. He tells Connie that he asked the journalist to leave his military record out of the piece but Connie tells him she wanted it in. Later, the hospital systems are not working and Chrissie and Donna have had enough of Connie. Will stands up to Connie and says that she only bully’s him to hide her own inadequacies and cracks in her management style are now beginning to show. Just then, Mickie tries to ask Connie about a new mentoring session. Connie callously tells her if she cannot pick her moments better she is not mature enough to partake in the scheme. In S7 E23, Connie treats Mickie’s new girlfriend Jodie. It’s clear Will and Jodie know eachother from the past. Connie operates on Jodie and remarks that the scar tissue on Jodie’s back is terrible, the surgeon butchered her. Will becomes increasingly uncomfortable when Connie says that the injury looks more like a shrapnel wound. Connie is forced to remove Jodie’s lung. When she awakes and hears the news Jodie blames Will for ruining her life – again. In S7 E25, Connie battles to save Will after he has been knocked down by a car that Jodie was driving in the previous episode. Connie is distraught when they are unable to revive him. In S7 E26, it is the day of Will’s memorial service. Holby Chief Executive, Peter, tells Connie that it is important that there is no negative publicity surrounding Will’s death. Connie gives a reading about Will at the service. Will’s grieving wife Susan tells Connie to shut up and tell the truth. Susan claims that Connie made Will’s life a misery by bullying and harassing him. She also adds that his death is Connie’s fault – if she had not put his picture in the paper Jodie would never have tracked him down. She finishes her outburst by saying Will’s blood is on Connie’s hands. In S7 E27, Holby Chief Executive Peter calls an emergency meeting with Connie, in order to force her resignation. He tells her Zubin will be presenting a case against her to the board. Acting Chairman, Michael, heads the emergency meeting. Outside Connie manipulates Zubin by planting the seed that he should speak to Jess. He rushes off and does not stay for the meeting. Peter says he recommends Connie resign and that he is not happy that Zubin is not present. Michael puts the motion to a vote but he is out numbered and is forced to resign. As the others leave the boardroom Michael talks to his wife – Connie. In S7 E28, Connie reveals to Michael, the new Chairman of the board, that she sees the feuding between Ric and Zubin as an ideal chance to expand her department. in S7 E29, Connie holds an investigation after Dominic Fryer dies in theatre after a routing procedure. She says that the post-mortem has revealed that Dominic dies of anaesthetic overdose and she will be formally investigating Zubin. In S7 E30, after Zubin’s suspension, Dr Green is now in charge of anaesthetics. Zubin complains about having to answer to Dr Green. Connie suggests he take gardening leave if he does not like the arrangement. In S7 E32, Connie tells Zubin that the coroner for the Fryor case has recorded a verdict of misadventure. She says that the trust will distant themselves from the incident and he is on his own. In S7 E33, Connie meets with the board over the incident and suggests that they ask for Zubin’s resignation. In S7 E34, at the board meeting to discuss Zubin’s future, Ric bursts in to give a glowing reference. Connie tells the board to disregard Ric’s comments but Michael overrules her. Zubin is told the board have decided to keep his services and he will have no mark against his name. Zubin is overjoyed but Connie is furious. She asks why Michael did not back her up when they were meant to be calling for Zubin’s resignation. Michael says that everything changed when Ric was no longer on side and that he cannot afford to have disgruntled staff. In S7 E35, Michael tells Connie the board have accepted her proposal to intorduce a cardiothoracic dept, she is pleased and calls a team meeting to inform everyone of the changes – Darwin is to be expanded, whilst Kellar will be downsized. In S7 E36, Connie’s SuperDarwin ward opens, but some of the staff aren’t pleased. Connie does two highly-skilled operations in quick sucession leaving not much room for error. Zubin is not pleased with her behaviour, though she suceeds in completing both operations successfully. In S7 E41, frustrated with Connie’s new system, Ric realises it is unworkable. He bursts into the board meeting and tells everyone his views. Connie is forced to halt the trial – for now and is unhappy with Michael, saying he was covering his own back. In S7 E42, throughout the day, Connie begins to realise her plans for SuperDarwin might be a bit naive. In S7 E45, Connie tells Michael she has discovered Mark’s father, Frank, had MRSA. Michael wants to cover it up and put septicemia on the death certificate – Connie goes along with him, as she doesn’t want to lose the hospitals’ reputation. In S7 E46, Chrissie discovers the cover up and confronts Connie. Michael tries to defuse the situation by deciding to call an emergency board meeting. Connie is not happy about the cover up but asks Michael to stand by her like she did for him. But at the meeting Michael betrays Connie and calls for her resignation. Connie gets more than she bargained for when she later finds Michael kissing Chrissie in her office – in typical Connie-style, she walks in and back out the office to collect her keys, without saying a word to the fumbling pair. In S7 E50, Connie is emotional when she is unable to save Jess’ baby. After the recent VRSA scandal – which Michael secretly brought into the department and is getting himself into deeper trouble, a suspicious Connie confronts him in S7 E52. She tells him she will support him however it’s a bluff and ends up getting Michael arrested.

In S8 E2a, Connie performs a high-risk operation against Loftwood’s advice. The operation is a success, but Loftwood isn’t happy she lied. In S8 E2b, Loftwood tells Connie that he is resigning. He tells her he admires her confidence and reiterates that his position will become vacant. In S8 E4, Elliot joins the team as a cardiothoracic surgeon. Connie feels sidelined when she finds out from Ric that Elliot is to be the new Clinical Lead, but he offers to share his office with her as a gesture of goodwill. The pair are like chalk and cheese, and tension rises. Connie faces a tough decision on which of two patients should be a heart recipient. In S8 E5, Elliot continues to ruffle Connie’s feathers with his bumbling manner and questions her opinions.

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Frieda Petrenko

Played by Olga Fedori

Appearance

S12 E20 ‘Together Alone’ – S14 E31 ‘Wolf’s Clothing; S17 E50 ‘At First I Was Afraid’; S19 E63 –

Job Title

Staff Nurse/ F1/ F2

First Words

A patient is in cardiac arrest. On call, Penny rushes to assist.

Penny : How long?

Frieda : Not sure, about a minute. We were busy.

Penny : Yeah, we all need our beauty sleep.

Background

Ukranian Frieda Petrenko is a unique character. With her goth-style clothing, her cynical but blunt honest manner, she still shows underneath she has compassion and vulnerability.

Frieda makes her first appearance as a nurse in February 2010. She then makes a re-appearance in May of the same year and continues her role on the show regularly.

In S12 E39, Penny is desperate to impress Linden so, when he challenges her to work with Frieda, Penny is determined to make it work. However, when Penny and Frieda disagree over a case, Penny is forced to pull rank and refuses to accept that Frieda has made the correct diagnosis. In S12 E40, Penny is shown up by Frieda once again when Linden asks Frieda to teach the junior doctors a procedure. Penny asks Frieda to stop undermining her, but soon realises that she needs to play Frieda at her own game. Penny tells Frieda that she and Oliver will meet her in the bar after work but she stands Frieda up, leaving her to spend the evening with Dr Greene. In S12 E41, Linden tries to keep his personal issues with Joseph from affecting his work, but when Frieda calls Joseph to an emergency without telling Linden, Linden is furious. Frieda retaliates by reminding Linden that patients in his care should not suffer due to his personal problems – he later apologises to Frieda. In S12 E45, Penny and Frieda encounter a perverse and disturbed patient. In S12 E47, a patient is racially abusive towards Frieda so she takes her revenge by sticking flowers up his bottom. He makes a complaint against her to Sacha and Penny attempts to back her up. In S12E48, Frieda’s plain talking helps Penny face up to her responsibilities when she has a tough day.In S12 E50, Penny riles Frieda by sucking up to an obviously lazy and arrogant locum, Glynn, who’s working on AAU. When Penny and Frieda argue over a patient’s treatment, Penny sidelines her and makes her feel small. Later, Penny notices Frieda performing a procedure that only a doctor could do and realises that Frieda is a trained doctor. Next episode S12 E51, Penny tries to encourage Frieda’s skills as a doctor but Frieda tells her to stay out of her life. In S12 E53, Frieda spends her 30th birthday doing the night shift, much to her chagrin, but things momentarily look up when an old friend who’s an agency nurse turns up. In S12 E55, Frieda is in a good mood after Oliver asks her out for a drink to say thank you for bailing him out recently. She even considers applying for an F1 job when Penny pushes her. However, when Penny realises the reason behind Frieda’s cheerfulness, she asks Oliver what he’s playing at. Oliver doesn’t want to lead Frieda on and so cancels the drink, causing Frieda to throw her application form in the bin.

In S13 E6, Penny and Michael encourage Frieda to come back on to the day shift permanently. She’s reluctant about working with smooth operator Michael but is eventually persuaded to stay after a solving a difficult medical case. In S13 E13, when Frieda learns she’s being laid off, Penny begs her to consider applying for an F1 position; she’s been a doctor before, after all. Frieda refuses at first but a day facing the wrath of the unforgiving Malick might just give her the motivation. In S13 E21, Frieda is forced to rely on Chrissie when she discovers that a difficult patient has a phobia of doctors. She soon realises that alienating the nurses isn’t the best way forward in her new career. In S13 E24, after working closely with Oliver during a shift, Frieda encourages him to retake his F2 year and delete his resignation letter. In S13 E27, Frieda is upset following the shock death of Penny in the previous episode. In S13 E29, Frieda is shocked when her make-up causes an allergic reaction in her patient and she is forced to spend the day make-up free. In S13 E32, Sacha struggles to control his team, as Frieda and Chrissie become increasingly frustrated with each other. In S13 E33, Frieda tries to keep her emotions in check when she receives a call from her family to inform her that her father has died. She returns to the Ukraine on compassionate leave and does not make an appearance until S13 E43, where she bonds with Eddi through their irritation over new F1 Lulu. Frieda decides to have some fun and wind up Lulu by competing for Michael’s attention. In S13 E45, following the death of her father, Frieda is determined to get on with her work. As the pressure mounts, Frieda finds it had to put aside her personal problems and demonstrate her talent as a doctor and surgeon. In S13 E46, Frieda is scheduled to assist Michael in surgery but Lulu is determined to fight her for the opportunity.

In S14 E3, Frieda gets a mysterious call and leaves Holby for the Ukraine. We next see her in S14 E11, when Elliot arrives in the Ukraine under the pretence of giving a lecture but has been asked to perform a risky heart operation. Whilst there, he meets Frieda, working as a waitress. Together, with Michael they help Frieda face her demons and persuade her to return to Holby.  In S14 E13, Frieda is gutted having to work with a brusque Luc for the first time, given she knows about Eddi’s departure. Things are tense between the two, as they disagree on the treatment of a patient. Frieda ends up lying to avoid the wrath of Luc, but is surprised at his response. In S14 E15, time is running out for Frieda to complete her F1 portfolio on AAU.  With no other consultant available, she asks Michael Spence to assess her.  But Michael is nervous, he’s supposed to be on Holby Care only and doesn’t want to fall foul of Hanssen as soon as he’s back. In S14 E16, when high achieving F1 student, Jez Atkins is admitted after an RTA accident, Frieda’s insecurity about her own ability to pass her F1 grows. Encouraged by Michael and Eddi, she faces a difficult challenge in diagnosing Jez’s illness. And when Frieda learns she has been summoned to Hanssen’s office for her results, she can only assume the worse for her future in medicine – however she is shocked when he tells her she passed with the highest mark. In S14 E19, Dan uses Frieda to prove his importance and ability to Malick, but when Frieda discusses his patient with Malick and performs a procedure without him Dan demands Hanssen steps in which backfires.

Memorable Moments

  • S12 E47 – Frieda sticks flowers up an abusive patient’s bum in revenge.
  • S12 E50 – Penny discovers Frieda is a trained doctor.
  • S13 E29 – Frieda is forced to go make-up free for a shift due to patient’s allergy.
  • S13 E32 – Frieda tries to keep her emotions in check after learning of her father’s death.
  • S14 E11 – Elliot & Michael help Frieda release her demons in the Ukraine.
  • S14 E16 – Frieda awaits the results of her F1 exams.

 

“Skanky Ukranian weirdo, actually”

 

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Jac Naylor

Played by Rosie Marcel

Appearance

S8 E6 ‘Bird on a Wire’ –

Job Title

Consultant Cardio thoracic Surgeon

First Words

Which incompetent is responsible for the signs around here?

Background

Confident Jac is a sexually manipulative, political animal. Desperate to climb the career ladder, she doesn’t care who she destroys along the way.

We are first introduced to Jac is S8 E6, when she arrives in her biker gear informing Ric that she intends to impress him enough to be offered a permanent registrar’s position. In S8 E14, Jac clashes with Diane over the treatment of a patient with bowel disease. In S8 E15, Jac is back at Holby helping out and tells Ric she wants to apply for the registrar’s position. In S8 E17, Diane is back at work but there’s still friction between her and Jac. Ric tells Diane that she should apply for the upcoming Consultants post, but says she has too much on her plate. Ric later suggests the position to Jac, who is obviously keen to get the job. In theatre, Diane and Jac clash again and Diane is infuriated when Jac takes credit for her work. Diane later realises, Ric still wants her to apply for the job so agrees to. In S8 E19, Jac feels undermined when Ric asks Diane to take over an operation in theatre. She feels Ric favours Diane. He takes them both for a drink to announce who has got the position but before he can – Jordan pulls up and announces he has got the job. It’s clear Jac knows him from the past. In S8 E20, Jac realises Jordan is offering Ric’s cancer patient a different treatment to one Ric has prescribed and threatens to tell him. He calls her bluff. In S8 E22, Ric is away from the hospital and asks Jac to keep him in the loop. Jordan wants to operate on a patient but Jac is concerned it may put extra pressure on his weak heart. Jac accuses Jordan of using the operation to impress Connie so he can work back in cardio. However, when Jac threatens to tell Ric, Nick blackmails her into keeping quiet by letting her assist in the operation. In S8 E24, Jordan continues to cause trouble by working on a patient with a CT condition. When the patient’s condition deteriorates, Jac decides not to involve Jordan again and doesn’t page him, instead involving Joseph and Connie. Jordan is furious when he finds out but tries to pass the blame. In S8 E40, Jac is left in charge when Ric leaves her with no consultant cover. Jac relishes the opportunity and promptly argues with Joseph over the preferred treatment of a patient, who is impaled after falling from a tree. When it turns out that Joseph was right, Jac has a new-found respect for him.

In S9 E1, Joseph struggles to cope with the pressure of a drill, with disastrous consequences when he collapses after an accidental overdose. Jac finds him and promises she won’t tell anyone. However she tries to use the situation to her advantage by telling his father, Lord Byrne, but her plan backfires when Lord Byrne offers Diane a new post and she alienates Joseph in the process, when he finds out. In S9 E4, Jac goes against protocol to help grant a patient’s last wish. Realising she also needs Joseph on side, Jac steps up her charm offensive and makes him an offer he can’t refuse and later goes with him to the Holby Foundation party as his date. In S9 E7, Jac asks Joseph out for a drink to keep up appearances. In S9 E8, Dan suspects Jac of having wound up his ex and warns her that, if she wants to take him on, she will have a fight on her hands. In S9 E9, Joseph asks Jac out. She says no until she realises he’s going to an event that his Dad, Lord Byrne, is also attending. Joseph later questions where he stands with Jac, she makes out that she now has feelings for him and they kiss. But her genuinity is questionable. In S9 E10, Joseph invites Jac to stay with his family at Christmas. She is happy to go but makes excuses so that she can sleep in a separate room. In S9 E11, Jac warns an infatuated Martha that Joseph is hers, but Martha isn’t going to give up without a fight. In S9 E13, Jac’s manipulative behaviour causes Elliot to catch Joseph and Martha kissing during their assignment leaving Elliot is furious. In S9 E14, after learning from her father that Jac has ben stirring things between her and Joseph, Martha tries to warn Joseph about her behaviour. But Jac uses her feminine charms to convince a gullible Joseph that her feelings for him are genuine. In S9 E15, Lord Byrne has set up a team to go to Dubai comprising of Joseph and also the recently departed Abra, so Jac is keen to take his place. Whilst Jac is also attempting to impress Dan, when she realises both her and Diane are up for promotion to Consultant. She is upset when Dan offers Diane the position. Seeing her disappointment, Joseph pulls strings to get Jac a place on the trip to Dubai. In S9 E17, Joseph and Jac are back from Dubai. Faye arrives at the hospital looking for them – she wants them to help her get a job at Holby. In S9 E19, Dan persuades Diane to do an on-call night shift as a Consultant which displeases Jac, who attempts to set her up for a fall. Jac’s plan backfires though when Dan praises Diane. Later, a patient attempts to kill himself with electrical pads. Jac tries to stop him but they both go flying. In S9 E21, Joseph asks Jac to go on a walking holiday with him – she’s not impressed. Jac scores brownie points with Lord Byrne when she offers to treat a former patient, Bruno, that he has shown a keen interest in. But when she discovers that Joseph has requested that another doctor take over, Jac tells Lola that she will continue to treat the patient and orders Joseph to stop interfering in her professional life. Realising she doesn’t need Joseph anymore, she tells him it’s over however when Lord Byrne tells her how pleased he is of their relationship, she decides to carry on her relationship with Joseph. Meanwhile, Jac shares an emotional moment with Bruno as he dies from cancer. In S9 E22, Joseph is not happy with Jac’s over-friendly approach to Lord Byrne. Faye witnesses Jac’s game and Joseph’s discomfort and decides to do something about it. Whilst Diane also witnesses a moment between Lord Byrne and Jac. She correctly perceives this as Jac working Lord Byrne. S9 E23, flashback’s show Jac time in Dubai with Joseph and how they came to meet Faye. In S9 E24, Jac asks Faye why she’s being so secretive about her husband James’s death and Faye tells her that she needs help. In S9 E25, Joseph struggles to hide his jealousy when Jac and Sam arrive at the hospital together, having spent the last 12 hours in each other’s pockets. Jac learns that by failing to answer Joseph’s calls, she’s missed out on lunch courtesy of Lord Byrne, and realises that she must convince Joseph that nothing happened with Sam to get her long-term plan back on track. In S9 E26, Jac asks Dan if she can be involved in the pioneering remote robotic procedure that’s taking place in Holby he refuses, and Jac’s disappointed to learn that Diane is on the team. Lord Byrne and Dan get frustrated when the patient, Alan Simpson, withdraws his consent for the surgery but when Jac manages to get the op back on track (betraying Joseph and Elliot in the process), Lord Byrne rewards her with Diane’s place on the surgical team. Later, everyone’s drinking in a hotel bar and Jac and Lord Byrne are clearly enjoying each other’s company. When Jac lies that she and Joseph are finished, Lord Byrne invites Jack to stay the night with him. In the morning, Jac gets dressed as Lord Byrne sleeps. In S9 E27, after their ‘night’ in the hotel, Jac’s convinced that she’s got Lord Byrne on side – but he’s doing everything he can to avoid her. When Byrne hears Joseph invite Jac around that evening, he tells Jac that Joseph must never find out about their affair, leaving Jac safe in the knowledge that she’s got Byrne right where she wants him. In S9 E28, Lord Byrne tells Jac that they were spotted by Diane at the hotel and wonders who else might know. But Jac’s more worried about her career and gives Lord Byrne an ultimatum – a consultant’s job elsewhere in exchange for her silence. In S9 E30, Jac and Joseph attend the Royal Surgeons Association event where an elusive Lord Byrne secretly confesses to Jac that he’s really fallen for her. In S9 E32, Jac is under pressure from both Joseph and Lord Byrne: Joseph wants them to live together while Lord Byrne is offering to help her get a job in Edinburgh. When Lord Byrne’s influence results in Jac being bumped off the shortlist, Joseph mistakenly suspects that his father blocked Jac’s move for his sake. When Joseph thanks him, a guilty Lord Byrne reveals all about his own relationship with Jac. In S9 E33, keen to spend more time with Jac, Lord Byrne invites her to a reception with the Junior Health Minister. To Lord Byrne’s surprise, Lady Byrne appears at the hospital and things becomes very awkward as Joseph, Jac and Lord and Lady Byrne all attend the reception together. Joseph attempts to convince Jac not to get involved with his father and insists that Lord Byrne will never leave his wife for her. Later, Lady Byrne tries to persuade Lord Byrne to have dinner with her but he says he has other plans. Joseph then offers Jac a chance to resume their relationship, providing she ends things with his father. Jac declines and leaves the hospital with Lord Byrne. In S9 E35, Lord Byrne comes into the department to see Jac – he gives her a bracelet (a family airloom ). His wife follows him to the hospital, she is suspicious of her husband. Joseph forewarns Jac and his father. But when Lady Byrne confronts Connie, accusing her of having an affair with her husband – Jac rushes in to stop her. She sees the bracelet Jac is wearing and realises it is infact her who is having the affair with Lord Byrne. She chucks him out and he goes home with Jac. In S9 E37, Jac is persuaded by Dan to take on a patient, Ali, who was a former patient of Diane’s – hoping it will better her chances of promotion. Jac agrees to take on the case of Ali, who thinks she has cancer but Jac discovers she has a non-malignant ulcer and does not have sickle cell however Diane did not tell her as it would have meant revealing her father was not biologically hers. Jac upsets Ric by questioning Diane’s ability. But realising she’s fallen into Dan’s trap, Jac pretends to Ric that it was her mistake. In S9 E41, Lord Byrne begins proceedings to divorce Lady Byrne, and is pulling strings for Jac to get Diane’s old position. Joseph is frustrated that his father never helped him in any way. Lord Byrne later has a stroke. In S9 E42, after his operation, Lord Byrne wants to make amends with his son Joseph, but Jac’s presence at his bedside makes this difficult. On Lady Byrne’s advice, Joseph goes to see his father but he can’t resist berating him for failing to see that Jac’s only using him to further her career. As Joseph storms out, Lord Byrne suffers a heart attack. Later, Lord Byrne turns to Jac for comfort, he begins to see her true colours and tells her that he just wants to be with his son. In S9 E43, Jac turns up at Lord Byrne’s funeral, a furious Joseph tells her to leave. At the hospital, Joseph tears into Jac for the hurt she’s caused his family. When Jac fails to show any remorse, Joseph hits her. In S9 E44, Louise needs a registrar for the Stent Trial. Jac goes for the position, but Dan stirs things up by telling Joseph to go for it, too. He does well, but Jac tactically shows Louise the bruises that Joseph inflicted on her, and she gets the job. In S9 E47, Jac is tending to Alan, the patient who denied raping his wife, but neglects him when she runs into Graham, an old school pal. After work, Jac is planning to meet Graham when Alan appears from the shadows and attacks her.

In S10 E2, Joseph tricks Jac by posting a fake advert for a consultancy position. In S10 E3, Jac has an interview for a consultant post but is shocked to find Lady Bryne is on the panel. Jac blackmails Joseph into making his mother support her application by claiming her headaches are due to Joseph hitting her. However, Jac still loses the job as she is recommended for sick leave. In S10 E7, there is tension between Donna and Jac as they both fight for Michael’s attention. In S10 E19, Joseph returns to Darwin following his brother’s death and is shocked to find Jac on trial as Sam’s replacement. Neither Joseph nor Connie wants her there and, when Philip Lawlor arrives looking for a new registrar, Connie plans to showcase Jac for the position. Joseph unintentionally ruins her plan and Connie is forced to appoint Jac as the new CT surgeon on Darwin. In S10 E20, Jac is becoming increasingly frustrated with her lack of career progress and is determined to become a good CT surgeon. She tries to gain popularity with the team on Darwin by covering up for a missing Faye, whom she later finds out has gone to her dead husband’s graveside as he is exhumed. In S10 E24, Jac is shocked to see Alan Clooney, the man who tried to rape her six months previously. He has arrived with his wife, who has considerable bruising. Jac attacks him and Lola and Joseph have to pull her away. Later, Alan is found by Linden stabbed in the heart with a pair of scissors. He is rushed to theatre and survives but the ‘HolbyBlue’ police arrive and after questioning Lola, Joseph and Jac, arrest Jac for attempted murder. The story following her arrest is shown in HolbyBlue episode S2 E1. Despite the overwhelming evidence against her, Jac passionately denies any involvement. Co-workers are called up as character witnesses and DS Luke French asks Jac’s colleagues if they think she is capable of murder – shockingly, their opinion is divided. Lola is prepared to stand up for her colleague, but others are not so confident in Jac and her defence begins to crumble. The facts are stacking up against the beleaguered doctor: there are no traceable witnesses and her former lover, Joseph, doubts her innocence. Consequently, when the victim dies in hospital, Jac’s self-belief starts ebbing away as she realises things are not looking good – until a chance meeting at the station leads detectives to their mystery witness. Jac is cleared. In S10 E25, Joseph is called in to the police station for questioning regarding the scissor-stabbing incident involving Jac and Alan Clooney. After telling the police that he believes Jac is capable of murder, Joseph’s statement plays on his conscience. This complicates Joseph’s relationship with Faye as he appears ‘supportive’ to Jac. In S10 E28, Maddy is shocked when an unusually friendly Jac covers for her mistake in theatre. Dr Greene suspects that Jac thinks she’ll be Linden’s golden girl by either saving a patient or helping a colleague – but when Jac gets in trouble with Linden over her actions, she continues to cover for Maddy’s mistake. Jac is becoming suspicious of Faye and in S10 E36, follows her when she goes to meet a man, claiming to be her first husband. However as she is on her way back, she is thrown from her bike and is left lying unconscious in the road. In S10 E37, still unconscious from her motorbike crash, Jac is now back at Holby and is rambling odd words about ‘Faye’ and ‘Lucas’ to a confused Linden. Faye tries to keep Joseph from seeing Jac, but when Linden tells Joseph about Jac’s ramblings, a confused Joseph quizzes Faye, who claims that Jac is still traumatised from her accident. When Jac eventually wakes, she tells Joseph that Faye is married to Lucas. In S10 E39, out of intensive care, Jac quizzes Joseph about what happened in his recent trip to South Africa, but he’s reluctant to tell. As Jac digs for information, Joseph reveals that he and Faye got engaged but that no one knows, and Jac shows a softer side. Later, Jac develops breathing problems and is rushed into theatre where Joseph and Elliot manage to stablise her. In S10 E41, Faye is annoyed when she finds out Joseph told Jac about their engagement. In S10 E47, Jac walks in on Faye looking at wedding locations and discovers that she’s planning a quiet, non-Byrne affair. After some meddling from Jac, Joseph is upset to learn Faye wants a small wedding. In S10 E48, tension between Faye and Jac continues and Faye confronts Jac about meddling in her and Joseph’s private life. When Faye receives a phone call, Jac presses redial to hear “Greenlands” on the other end. She visits and finds out about Faye’s son, Archie. Jac confronts Faye but she tells Jac that Joseph knows and he’s fine with it. Jac isn’t convinced. In S10 E51, Jac looks on in envy as Joseph and Faye work together in theatre. In a bid to separate them, Jac tells Ric all about Faye’s disabled son, suggesting Faye’s too close to the situation. Ric tells Faye she’s no longer needed in theatre.

In S11 E3, Michael goes behind Elliot’s back and performs a dangerous procedure for a new medical paper on one of his patients. Jac gets wind of it and is desperate to get in on the action. Michael is impressed with Jac’s work and offers to take her for a drink, but is suddenly put off when he bumps into the new anaesthetist – his wife. In S11 E6, Faye and Joseph’s relationship takes a turn for the worse. Faye takes some time out, while Joseph seeks solace in a bottle. The next morning, Joseph wakes up with a hangover and calls out for Faye – but sees Jac standing in his room, naked but for a towel. In S11 E7, Joseph tries to convince himself that nothing has happened between him and Jac. He tries to contact Faye but gets no answer. He believes Jac has told Linden about their night together but she denies it and says their secret is just between them. In S11 E14, Joseph thinks Jac may be pregnant, when she says she feels queasy and faint in theatre, and finds her with a pregnancy testing kit. Jac does nothing to dispel his fears. In S11 E16, Joseph hears Jac has gone to the obstetrics and gynaecology ward and tries to find out the results. He confesses his one-night stand to Linden. As Joseph and Jac fight, Linden steps in and tells Joseph he can’t keep deceiving Faye. In S11 E18, Faye is suspicious that Jac is pregnant. Joseph decides that he needs to get rid of Jac before she ruins his life and so he decides to set up a new job opportunity for her and tries to pay her off. In S11 E19, Joseph is distracted, fearing Jac’s expected announcement that evening. He confesses to Faye, but it transpires that Jac’s announcement is about a paper she’s written – and not the fact that she slept with Joseph. In S11 E20, Joseph is furious with Jac for allowing him to believe she was pregnant. In S11 E22, Jac is knocked over on the stairs by Elliot’s dog. Linden finds out about Jac’s fake baby scan so realises she was only pretending to be pregnant. When he tells Faye, she thinks this is wonderful news, as Jac was leading Joseph on. In S11 E24, Joseph and Jac are trapped in a cordoned-off operating theatre. They are operating on a man who, they later discover, has been transporting contaminated waste. Locked in the theatre, they declare their feelings for each other, however Joseph says their time has passed and he now has to move on with Faye. Jac is visibly distraught.

Memorable Moments

  • S8  E6 – Biker Jac arrives determined to impress.
  • S9  E1 – Jac covers for Joseph when he suffers an accidental overdose.
  • S9  E9 – Joseph questions Jac’s feelings for him – she kisses him.
  • S9  E14 – Jac steps up her game to persuade Joseph her feelings are genuine.
  • S9  E21 – Jac shares an emotional moment with a cancer patient.
  • S9  E23 – Joseph and Jac’s time in Dubai, meeting Faye.
  • S9  E26 – Jac ends up in Lord Byrne’s bed.
  • S9  E30 – Lord Byrne confesses his relationship with Jac to Joseph.
  • S9  E35 – Lady Byrne discovers Jac’s affair with her husband.
  • S9  E42 – On his death bed, Lord Byrne sees Jac for who she is.
  • S9  E43 – In fury, Joseph hits Jac, following the funeral.
  • S9  E47 – Jac is attacked by Alan Clooney.
  • S10  E24 – Following Jac’s threat on Alan, she is arrested when he is later found stabbed.
  • S2   E1 – HolbyBlue episode following events after her arrest.
  • S10  E36 – Jac has a motorbike crash after following Faye.
  • S11  E6 – After a break up with Faye, a drunk Joseph sleeps with Jac.
  • S11  E24 – Stuck in a contaminated ward together, Joseph and Jac declare their feelings.

 

“I’m a bitch, not a snitch”

 

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Lola Griffin

Played by Sharon D Clarke

Appearance

S7 E34 ‘Patience’ – S10 E53 ‘Mad World’; S21 E3 ‘The Burden of Proof’

Job Title

Registrar

First Words

(trying to get her badge on) Come on! (she then drops something) Oh no… (Connie then welcomes her) Got stuck in traffic, major accident in town!

Background

Lola arrives in Holby like a breath of fresh air. She is confident and assertive – even putting Connie’s nose out of joint in her first shift! She has excellent patient skills and always says what she thinks. She enjoys a joke, but can be tough and has a good repore with colleagues. And she can always be heard saying her favourite phrase, ‘My grandmother always said…’

Although Ric is not best pleased to see his ex-wife in Holby, she did not arrive to make his life hell. She seems to enjoy the competitiveness they share and enjoys a good banter with him.

Lola’s first shift in S7 E34 is far from quiet after a major coach accident, but she thrives on the emergency and doesn’t hesitate in her actions. Also managing to teach students Matt and Dean a few skills along the way. In S7 E35, Connie asks Lola to apply for the critical care Consultant position, Lola is charmed and says she will put an application in. She also treats patient, Maddie. Lola doesn’t understand why her medicine has failed to improve her condition – Connie thinks the only alternative is to operate. At the last minute, Lola stops the operation going ahead after discovering she has failed to take her pills. In S7 E36, Lola treats Mubbs, who is recovering from his heart attack and warns him he must start to take more care of himself. In S7 E50, Jess struggles to cope with Paris, who will not stop crying. Later, Jess brings the baby into the hospital, telling Lola that Paris has been crying all day but then suddenly went quiet. Lola finds bruises on Paris’s body and wonders whether a desperate Jess has shaken her baby. Ric is the only one that stands by Jess and they eventually find another cause to his bruises. They are all upset when they are unable to save him.

In S8 E3, Lola’s daughter, Cleo wants to drive her mum’s car to a party in Birmingham but Lola says no. Cleo is annoyed and speeds off in the car. Later, Cleo is admitted after being involved in an accident. The police come into the department to question Lola – assuming she was driving. Cleo asks her mother to cover for her otherwise she may lose her license, but Lola refuses and gets her to face up to her responsibilities. In S8 E4, Lola treats patient Ken, who has been injured after being crushed by a forklift truck at work. She becomes suspicious of how he came to be injured, when money between him and a colleague exchange hands. Meanwhile, Dean gives a moody Lola advice about her daughter, who has just moved in with her boyfriend. In S8 E5, Lola is impressed by Mark’s skills and asks him to join the AAU team. In S8 E7, Dean is taking his medical exams and gets talking to a woman, Shelley, in the lifts who happens to be doing one of the roleplays. During the exam, Shelley starts vomiting blood. Dean tells Lola he thinks it may be alcohol related and annoyed Shelley reveals that they talked before his exam. Lola diagnoses that Shelley’s illness has been caused by binge drinking. She tells Dean that he has to re-take his exam. In S8 E10, Lola festively sings ‘Hallelujah’ at the Christmas patient’s party.

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