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Casualty fans were baffled as Connie Beauchamp seemed to leave the medical drama tonight without saying goodbye.
Actor Amanda Mealing, 53, has left the beloved programme after joining the cast in 2014.
Before joining the Casualty, she played Connie from 2004 until 2010 in the show's sister programme Holby City.
It was Emily Carey's final episode tonight too as she bid farewell to her role as Connie's daughter, Grace.
The moving episode saw Connie open up to her daughter about her past struggles with addiction and at the end of the programme, they left the hospital holding hands.
However, some fans watching were perplexed over how subtle Amanda Mealing's final scene was.
They took to Twitter as one said: "What? Connie's left now?"
Another penned: "Well that ended a bit suddenly. Can’t believe that’s it for Connie now".
"Wait how was that connie’s last episode, does she just disappear now or??", wrote a third.
A fourth said: "Wait…. What!?!?!?!? Connie's leaving just like that???? There was no mention of her leaving, what!?!?!"
Others didn't mind the lowkey departure as one penned: "I didn’t actually mind Connie’s exit tbh. She’ll be back, probably sooner rather than later."
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Another wrote: "Oh now I see how the rest of the cast didn't know @meamandamealing was leaving until after she'd filmed her final scenes!
"A quiet exit for Connie but it worked well. Will miss her though!"
Speaking of why she chose to leave the soap, Amanda told Digital Spy: "I was tired and really needed to rest.
"I haven't had a proper break in years, and when I've taken time out of the show before, I've been directing and doing other things.
"I've been on the show for nearly seven years and it can be full-on. When we went back after the COVID episode, I'd worked 73 out of 80 days. My spare time is also taken up with directing and making short films for my production company. I was very tired and so I have been enjoying catching up on sleep.
"It's very similar to Connie in a way – she needed to spend more time with Grace and I needed to take some time out of work too."
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