Casualty spoilers follow.
Casualty star Amanda Mealing is taking a break from her role as Connie Beauchamp, Digital Spy can confirm.
The actress has been playing the Emergency Department's clinical lead for the past seven years, after crossing over from Casualty's sister show Holby City.
However, the next chapter for Connie will see her embark on a new journey following the return of her daughter Grace, putting her personal life ahead of her career for the first time in her life.
Connie's final scenes will air later in March, with no current plans for her to return at this stage.
Speaking about her exit, Amanda said: "It has been the most remarkable privilege to play Connie for the last 18 years.
"When she first hit our screens there were few female leads that weren't 'the wife of...', 'the mistress of...' or needed 'rescuing'. Most important for me is knowing that Connie has inspired so many women and young girls to seek careers, seek independence and strive to be their best."
Deborah Sathe, senior head of content production for Holby City and Casualty, added: "We are going to miss Amanda playing chief of the ED Connie.
"Connie has led the ED, her team, and our Casualty audience through COVID. The quest to restore Casualty to our screens was not an easy one, and we owe a huge debt to Amanda and the whole team for delivering some of the most extraordinary episodes Casualty has ever broadcast.
"We look forward to welcoming Connie back onto our screens in due course."
Since moving over to Casualty in 2014, Amanda has tackled a number of hard-hitting and explosive storylines as no-nonsense Connie.
From car crashes and rescue missions, to storylines around cancer, euthanasia, and drug addiction, Connie has rightly earned her title as Clinical Lead and matriarch of the Emergency Department.
Casualty continues on Saturday, March 6 on BBC One.
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