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'Holby City' star Laila Rouass explains exit

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Sahira Shah from Holby City

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Holby City star Laila Rouass has explained the reasons behind her departure from the show, revealing that she is bowing out to spend more time with her daughter.

Last month, it was announced that Rouass is quitting her role as Sahira Shah on the BBC medical drama after less than a year on screen in the part.

Speaking on Lorraine this morning, the actress said that she believes she is making the right choice for her 4-year-old daughter Inez.

Rouass commented: "I love Holby. I've been a fan for many years. The crew and the cast are fantastic, so it was a big decision to make. But I've got a daughter and you end up not spending much time - missing all the parents evenings and all that. So it was a tough decision."

Discussing the challenges of juggling her career with life at home, she continued: "It's so tough - it's really difficult. And I think something has to give at some point. I thought I'd take some time off and then go back into work."

Greg Douglas (Edward MacLiam) from Holby City
Rouass said that Sahira will remain on screen for some time yet and that the door is likely to be left open for her.

"I'm there for a few more weeks, but I think I'll be on air until early spring," she explained. "We shoot about three or four months in advance. So I'm still on air and there's the whole thing of Greg and Sahira - will they, won't they?

"I don't think I'm being killed off. Not that I know of!"

Holby City airs on Tuesday nights at 8pm on BBC One.

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