Unexpected Celebrity Cameos in Holby City from Sheridan Smith and Jodie Comer to Kym Marsh and Michael Fassbender
AFTER 23 years in gripping the nation, the medical drama Holby City is taking its final bow.
The much-loved BBC show has been canceled after more than 1,000 episodes over 23 years and will air its final scenes in March 2022.
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But it wasn’t just the regular cast playing doctors and nurses who appeared on the show.
Dozens of famous actors have appeared in Holby’s hospital wards.
Here, we unveil the stars who have made guest cameos over the years.
Hollywood hunk Michael Fassbender has starred in big-budget movies including Macbeth, Jane Eyre, Inglorious Basterds, and X-Men – but as a promising actor, young Fassbender played a sick patient on the soap opera Holby.
In 2002, Michael Fassbender took on the role of Christian Connolly, who had his spleen removed in the episode “Ghosts”.
The BAFTA-nominated actor confessed to falling asleep on the operating table on set.
He told Radio Times: “The problem was they were filming the scene over and over and focusing on all the doctors operating on me and I was lying there with my eyes closed and passed out.
“I woke up to hearing someone whisper, ‘He fell asleep'”.
Now known for her turn as psychopathic assassin Villanelle Killing Eve, Jodie Comer stole the heart of Holby Fans in turn as patient Ellie Jenkins in a single episode in 2010.
At the time, this was Jodie’s second TV appearance, but she was already showing off her acting prowess.
At one point in the episode, Jodie, wide-eyed, turns to the doctor and says, “I’ve been throwing up non-stop for the past two weeks… at least four or five times a day.”
Paul O’Grady teamed up with Holby Cast in 2013 to play Tim Connor, a cancer patient, for three episodes.
The comedian and actor admitted that working on the show had convinced him for some time that he was ill.
He told The Sun: “It was emotional filming Holby. And I actually came home feeling sick because I was lying in bed all day with tubes on me and then going to Holby on next day, and they put me more hits.
“They make you look sick, so after 2 o’clock of that every day I came home and really had to tell myself that I wasn’t really sick because I wanted to do everything so fairly.
“I literally had to tell myself to stop, just remember I wasn’t sick and only played one character.”
She may have played not one but two queens in The Favorite and The Crown, but Olivia Colman’s brilliant acting career has had more humble beginnings.
In 2002, the Oscar-winning actress played Kim Prebble in the episode “New Hearts, Old Scores”.
Olivia has since starred in a host of hit TV shows and movies, including Broadchurch, Fleabag, and Murder on the Orient Express.
Well known for his straightforward delivery, guest Romesh Ranganathan starred as Darren Harrison in the 2013 Holby episode “Never Let Me Go”.
Romesh then appeared in his own series “The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan” and wrote several books including “Straight Outta Crawley”.
Faithful to the scene, Maureen Lipman is no stranger to television soap opera tours.
Along with her tours on Coronation Street and in films such as Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, Maureen Lipman appeared to Holby as patient Bonnie Walters in 2011.
One of actress Charlotte Riley’s first television roles was in the wings of Holby City Hospital as Tanya Cusan in “Someone to Watch Over Me” in 2007.
The fresh-faced actor made a cameo appearance as a patient on the show early in his career.
Charlotte went on to play the role of May Carleton alongside Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders, and is married to Tom Hardy.
TV presenter and actress Kym Marsh made one of her first television appearances in Holby City as Myrna Morrison in the episode “Brother’s Keeper” in 2006.
Kym is now best known for playing Michelle Connor on Coronation Street.
Away from streamers and pastries, former Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc appeared in Holby Episode ‘Close Relations’ in 2007 as Lydia Lazenby.
Mel has become a highly regarded contributor to British television presenting the Great British Bake Off with Sue Perkins for seven series.
She has also appeared in Horrible Histories, Have I Got News For You and Mel and Sue for ITV.
As a child actor, Nicholas Hoult appeared in a single episode of Holby City as Oscar Banks in 2001.
Now in his 30s, Nicholas has starred in About a Boy, Kidulthood, Skins, The Favorite, The Great, and X-Men.
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Actor, singer and presenter Sheridan Smith made a cameo appearance on Holby’s 2001 episode “New Beginnings” as young patient Miranda Locke.
But it’s sitcoms like The Royle Family, Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Chips, and Gavin and Stacey that really made Sheridan’s name.