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Holby City is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary by bring­ing back some of its most mem­o­rable cast mem­bers through­out the year.

Rosie Mar­cel has been back for a while now, and her char­ac­ter Jac Nay­lor is famed for re­main­ing cool and col­lected at all times but, last May, the ac­tress re­vealed she had a ner­vous break­down three years ago and needed a short break.

‘It’s very im­por­tant to talk about men­tal health,’ she ad­mit­ted. ‘So I needed a break from Jac to get healthy,’ she ex­plained.

‘I give every­thing to my job but when I find my­self giv­ing too much, I pull back. Noth­ing re­quires 100 per cent of your time and that’s an im­por­tant les­son that I’ve learned the hard way.’

Rosie, 41, is mar­ried to gym owner Ben Stacey and they have a three-year-old daugh­ter, Beau.

Happy An­niver­sary Holby!

How does it feel to cel­e­brate Holby’s 20th birth­day?

We’re re­ally ex­cited. We’re hav­ing a year of treats: re­turn­ing char­ac­ters, new char­ac­ters, crossovers with Ca­su­alty, spe­cial episodes…

What do you love most about work­ing on Holby?

Play­ing my char­ac­ter. I love turn­ing up to work and see­ing my friends, but Jac is such fun. I never get bored of read­ing the quips. Ev­ery­body should have a bit of Jac Nay­lor in them. She says all the things we wish we could say.

Does that make peo­ple wary of you in real life?

Ab­so­lutely. The amount of peo­ple who don’t talk to me be­cause they think I’m go­ing to be just like her. It’s quite amus­ing!

Do you hear from fans whose lives have been changed by Holby?

I do – es­pe­cially when I talked about my ner­vous break­down. It’s good to be

able to give peo­ple hope and tell them they’re not on their own. We’re all sus­cep­ti­ble. And I get lots of let­ters from young women in­spired to go into medicine be­cause of Jac.

View­ers love the ‘will they? won’t they?’ be­tween Jac and nurs­ing di­rec­tor Fletch (Alex Walkin­shaw). Do you think they should be to­gether?

I re­ally don’t! I want to fight against pair­ing women off with men. I want Jac to be pow­er­ful, strong and the best in her field and not have to rely on a man for that. She loves Fletch and will al­ways be friends with him, but I’ll leave if they end up to­gether! Holby City con­tin­ues on Tues­day on BBC One.

‘It’sgoodto be­able­to­give peo­ple­hope andtellthem they’reno­ton theirown,’ RosieMar­cel

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