Holby City star Rosie Marcel wins top soap prize after the show's axe

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Holby City star Rosie Marcel won Best Soap Actor at the TRIC Awards on Wednesday (6 July), following the show's final episode airing in March after 23 years on screen.

The fan favourite played Jac Naylor on the BBC medical drama from 2005 to 2022 and, following her win, she took to social media to express her gratitude.

In an Instagram post showing Marcel posing with her well deserved award, she wrote: "Well that was unexpected! This is a win for the show. A great show that was on for 23 years and gave so many of us joy. Thankyou @benstaceyuk for being so supportive and wonderful. I love you endlessly. Thank you @deborah.sathe for continuing to support us. You are amazing."

The actress went on to thank a plethora of people, including her husband and the Holby team, as well as the NHS for continuing "to work hard no matter what is thrown at them".

Jac Naylor's story came to a heartbreaking end when she passed away in the soaps final episode after battling a brain tumour.

Following a life-or-death operation to remove the tumour, Elliot and the team were forced to stop the operation and Jac asked Fletch (Alex Walkinshaw) to write her a do-not-resuscitate order. After suffering a stroke, Jac was later declared brain-dead.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Fans were quick to praise Marcel's captivating performance as Jac, with one writing: "Rosie Marcel. What an actor. Incredible final performance and such a moving, fitting farewell."

Speaking about the final episode and its hidden meaning, David Ames, who played Dom Copeland on the show, said: "It represents the NHS fantastically, as we hope we have done throughout the show, and doing justice to the stories of what the surgeons and the nurses and the porters and everyone has been through in this last 18 months.

"We hope that what we depict is representative of the way they go about their jobs and the way they go about their lives and the way they constantly strive to help us."

Selected episodes of Holby City are streaming on BBC iPlayer.

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