Laila Rouass has joined the cast of 'Holby City'.
The former 'Footballers' Wives' star will make her first appearance in the BBC One medical drama in February, and will play top surgeon Sahira Shah.
I have no medical knowledge whatsoever so playing a surgeon on 'Holby' has been a real eye opener! All the cast have made me feel so at home already and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into some juicy storylines.
Digital Spy reports Laila's character will quickly find herself competing with Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel) and fighting her growing affection for Greg Douglas (Edward MacLiam), despite already being married.
The actress has admitted she can already relate to her 'Holby City' alter-ego, and is looking forward to the upcoming "juicy" storylines.
Laila said: "I'm over the moon to be joining the cast of 'Holby' and am enjoying bringing the character of Sahira Shah to life. Like me, Sahira is a mum so I can totally relate to the struggles she faces balancing motherhood with her working life.
"I have no medical knowledge whatsoever so playing a surgeon on 'Holby' has been a real eye opener! All the cast have made me feel so at home already and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into some juicy storylines."
Meanwhile, Belinda Campbell, the show's executive producer, revealed it will be interesting for viewers to see the character unravel from the "facade of perfection" she has created for herself, as details of her dark past with Henrik Hanssen (Guy Henry) are uncovered.
She said: "While on the surface she appears to be cool and calm, underneath it all, she is kicking madly just to keep afloat. It will be fascinating to explore what is really going on underneath the facade of perfection Sahira has created for herself."