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Why did Liz Carr leave Silent Witness as series 24 begins on BBC One?

The show is now in its 23rd series (Picture: Sally Mais / BBC)

Silent Witness returns to BBC One tonight for its 24th series, which sees Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) and Jack Hodgson (David Caves) investigating the death of an inmate at a high-security prison.

While cast regulars Fox and Caves are back for another round of the long-running crime drama, fellow cast member Liz Carr – aka Clarissa Mullery – is notable by her absence this time around.

We last saw Clarissa back in series 23, which aired in early 2020, when viewers learned that the character planned to leave the Lyell Centre – signalling Carr’s departure from the drama after eight years.

Who is the actress, and why did she quit Silent Witness?

Who is Liz Carr, and why did she quit Silent Witness?

Actress Liz, 49,  says she has decided to leave the drama to ‘take a leap of faith’ and pursue other opportunities.

The disabled actress has starred in the crime drama for the last eight years, despite only originally being employed for four episodes as Jack’s sidekick.

She said: ‘I just know, deep down – that it’s time for me to move on, to focus less on the dead and more on the living. On life.

‘I am incredibly proud that I leave as a main character in one of the BBC’s landmark dramas. Silent Witness has given me such an amazing opportunity to develop as an actor but I know this is the right time to take a leap of faith, leaving what I know and seeing what other opportunities await,’ she continued.

Liz had been in the series for eight years (Picture: Sally Mais/BBC)

Liz was born in Bebington in 1972, and only went into acting in her 30s when she played the lead role of Mother Courage in Graeae Theatre Company’s production of the famous Brecht play.

She went on to host the podcast BBC Ouch! and has since toured the world with her comedy and one-woman shows.

In addition to this, she is a vocal disability rights campaigner and previously criticised the BBC for not featuring any disabled actors in their recent Silent Witness trailer.

She entered into a civil partnership with her long-term partner Jo Church in 2010 and the pair are still together.

Silent Witness returns to BBC One on Monday night at 9pm, with the second episode on Tuesday at 9pm.


Credit: Original article published here.

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