For Holby fans, actress Ty Glaser (pictured right) has been cast as Gemma Wilde, a new doctor for the BBC One medical drama.
Glaser has recently started filming at the show's base in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire and her character Gemma will be a new show regular, first appearing on screen in January 2013.
At the weekend, reports said that the soap's cast had gathered for O'Connor's 'leaving party' in Liverpool. In fact, this was O'Connor's birthday party rather than a leaving bash, but Ally will indeed be departing the show as his storyline reaches its conclusion.
Hollyoaks bosses are keeping tight-lipped over exactly how and when Ally will make his exit.
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