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Laila Rouass joins 'Holby City'

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Laila Rouass has joined the cast of Holby City, taking on the role of new regular character Sahira Shah.

The former Footballers' Wives and Primeval actress has already started filming with the BBC medical drama and will make her first appearance in the show in February.

Sahira is a brilliant surgeon who quickly finds herself competing with Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel) for the position of top dog at Holby following her arrival on screen.

Another ongoing storyline will focus on Sahira's dark history with Henrik Hanssen (Guy Henry), who has been guiding her career. Fans will also see the married newcomer struggle to resist a growing attraction to Greg Douglas (Edward MacLiam).

Speaking of her new role, Rouass commented: "I'm over the moon to be joining the cast of Holby and am enjoying bringing the character of Sahira Shah to life. Like me, Sahira is a mum so I can totally relate to the struggles she faces balancing motherhood with her working life.

"I have no medical knowledge whatsoever so playing a surgeon on Holby has been a real eye opener! All the cast have made me feel so at home already and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into some juicy storylines."

Holby's executive producer Belinda Campbell added: "Laila has brought a fresh new energy to Holby City and her character has been a joy to create. Like many women in 2010, Sahira tries her best to maintain the delicate balance between work and home life.

"While on the surface she appears to be cool and calm, underneath it all, she is kicking madly just to keep afloat. It will be fascinating to explore what is really going on underneath the façade of perfection Sahira has created for herself. I'm sure her character will be someone a lot of viewers will recognise in themselves."

Rouass has recently been appearing in Spooks and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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