Loose Women panellist and former Strictly Come Dancing star Chizzy Akudolu is returning to Holby City as her character Mo Effanga.

The 44-year-old actress revealed that she’s excited to return to the role as a surgeon, following Digital Spy breaking the news of her exit – although she’ll only be back for a mere two months.

Speaking to Coleen Nolan, Anne Diamond and Gloria Hunniford on the ITV panel show, she said: “It’s only for two months. I love the show and going back was so like coming home, like putting on your duvet – you just know you are home.

“But I know that I have to do other stuff. We are nomads, actors. I’m really honoured to go back in.”

Chizzy was later reunited with her Holby co-star Rosie Marcel, who plays Jac Naylor, a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon.

Rosie said it was “lovely” to have Chizzy coming back to the show. She explained: “It’s lovely, she’s just an amazing personality. She brings so much light to the set and it’s very dull without her.

“When she left, I was actually really heartbroken and we have such a great friendship, on-screen as well.”

She added that they couldn’t hold back real tears while filming their final scenes together back in 2017.

Her exit saw Chizzy’s character Mo offered a job in London. She later reunited with Derwood ‘Mr T’ Thompson, before heading for the big smoke.

Meanwhile Rosie dropped a hint about potentially joining I’m a Celebrity: “I’ve had a couple of meetings. I have spoken to them. It is something I would love to do actually. I think for me it would be an amazing challenge.”

When they pushed her on when she would be entering the jungle, she added: “I don’t know. Who knows?” Well, we’re sure she knows, but she’s keeping quiet about it for now.

Loose Women continues weekdays from 12.30pm.

Holby City continues tonight on BBC One at 8pm.

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