Holby City stars bid emotional farewell to BBC show on last day of filming

Holby City actors have filmed their final scenes and bid a tearful goodbye to the long-running BBC hospital drama.

Stars of the Holby, flooded social media with tributes to the show that first aired way back on 12 January 1999.

The drama looks into a fictional world of life working in the NHS and many of the cast have starred in the show for a long time.

Just like David Ames, 38, who has played surgeon Dominic Copeland since 2013.

He posted a snap of his fictional NHS pass and wrote on Instagram: "My final day at Holby City.

"This show has been such a huge, important part of my life and will continue to be through the lessons I’ve learned, the skills I’ve stolen from other wonderful actors, the ability to remember medical jargon at the drop of a hat and, most importantly, the incredible friends I’ve made along the way.

"I have adored it all. Thank you to the producers, writers, directors, actors, makeup, costume, sparks, props, prosthetics, and everyone and all in between. From the bottom of my heart – thank you.

"This show has always been and will forever be a family to me. Farewell, Mr Dominic Copeland. It’s been an honour

On Instagram, Davood Ghadami, 39, took a selfie of his dressing room, displaying the name of his character Eli Ebrahimi. The former star of Strictly joined Holby earlier this year.

In one of many heartfelt posts the ex-EastEnders star wrote: "Tough one today. Holby City is such a wonderful place to be and I am not ready to say goodbye. I will miss all the cast and crew who I feel like I have just started to get to know. I will miss playing Eli who is a gift of a character to play.

Davood heaped praised the fans of the medical drama: "Thank you to the Holby fans. Im sorry this brilliant show has to end. Lastly, remember who is there for us from our first breath to our last – our beautiful NHS. Protect it with everything you have. Thank you."

Belinda Owusu, 32, also paid a loving tribute to the show.

The actress who plays Nicky McKendrick posted: "Whilst I pose adorably (right?) next to my radiator on what is the final day of filming at @bbcholbycity I cannot believe my luck. I love Holby City. I love my little Nicky."

She added: "I love each and every one of you crazy talented lot I’ve been lucky enough to work with. My goodness I’ll miss it all. Thank you Holby for having me. Biggest thank you to our wonderful audience for staying with us."

Veteran of both Casualty and Holby City, Rosie Marcel, 44, joined the tributes.

She wrote: "I have loved playing Jac Naylor. I have loved being here for 16 years. Thank you everyone Holby City and thank you all the beautiful fans and friends of the show. Xxxxx"

News of the the show's axing was announced in June this year in a BBC statement. The BBC cited a need to move into a new direction and make room for fresh programming.

The statement read: "We are incredibly proud of Holby City but it’s with great sadness that we are announcing that after 23 years, the show will end on screen in March of next year.

It continued: "We sometimes have to make difficult decisions to make room for new opportunities and as part of the BBC’s commitment to make more programmes across the UK."

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