Holby City fans can look forward to the return of three familiar faces next spring, including former CEO Henrik Hanssen (Guy Henry).
The character left the show to return to Sweden and spend time with his son and grandson. However, a desire to bring his surgical brilliance back to Holby has got the better of him.
Henry explains how much he missed playing his character: “I’m so pleased to be reunited with Mr. Hanssen, he’s such a weird and wonderful character to play – I’ve missed him! And the cast and crew at Holby are such fun to work with – I’ve missed them too.
“We don’t know what dark acts may have befallen Henrik during his time away in Sweden but I do believe that, when he looms down the corridors of Holby once more, his wit and his scalpel will be as incisive as ever! Can’t wait – see you on the ice!”
Also returning are Kaye Wragg as Estelle ‘Essie’ Harrison who not only resumes her nursing duties but also her turbulent romance with Sacha Levy.
And, rounding off the returnees, is James Anderson as troubled and sensitive surgeon Oliver Valentine.
Before leaving Holby, Oliver’s professionalism was called into question as he struggled to come to terms with the death of his wife, fellow doctor, Tara Lo. Seeing the hospital as a constant reminder of Tara, Oliver left in order to find himself and restore his love for medicine.
On returning to the role, Anderson said: “I’m so thrilled to be given the opportunity to bring Ollie back to Holby.
“There are lots of surprises in store, but one thing I can say: he’s older now – wiser, even – and I can’t wait to get stuck into playing this altogether more grown up Valentine to the one I left behind.
“Step up Oliver 2.0! Holby is a wonderful, nurturing family to return to, and I’m hugely excited.”
Oliver Kent, Executive Producer Holby City and Casualty, said: “This news is sure to excite Holby fans old and new and we’re delighted to welcome back characters that are so loved by our viewers.
“The arrival of Henrik Hanssen and Oliver Valentine will cause waves from the boardroom to the operating theatres where new friendships will be tested as old alliances are reformed. Also with Essie’s return we’ll find out if Sacha finally gets his happily ever after!”