Below is a list of the current characters and recently departed characters of Holby City. There are currently 17 regular cast members in the show. The oldest cast member is Hugh Quarshie who plays Ric Griffin, who made his first appearance in September 2001. Note that "first appearance" doesn't necessarily mean they became a regular on the show at this point, as it could have just been a guest appearance.

Ric Griffin

Main article: Ric Griffin

Ric Griffin is a Consultant General Surgeon and AAU Clinical Lead. He is also the former acting CEO of Holby City Hospital.

Ric is a moral and principled man of the NHS, he is an idealistic crusader who would take on any man for something he believes in. Ric is an excellent surgeon, a noble and selfless medical hero.

But with fractured family relationships and a string of broken marriages behind him, sometimes Ric regrets bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Donna Jackson

Main article: Donna Jackson

Donna Jackson is a Senior Staff Nurse, who is currently working on AAU at Holby City Hospital.

Donna arrived at Holby City Hospital in 2004, she left the wards of Holby City in 2011. Donna returned back to Holby's AAU ward in June 2017.

Jac Naylor

Main article: Jac Naylor

Jacqueline "Jac" Naylor (born 19 April) is a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon and the current Lead Consultant in Cardiothoracics of Holby City Hospital. She initially joined the hospital's Keller Ward in 2005 as a general surgical registrar, but transferred to Darwin to specialise in cardiothoracics in 2008. In 2011, she became a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, and went on to become the Clinical Lead three years later.

In 2005, she was initially unsuccessful in obtaining the permanent registrar post, but returned just weeks later having been offered the job. Following her job offer, she immediately made a large impact on the other members of staff. In the following years at the hospital, she had relationships with several other staff members including Joseph Byrne, Lord Byrne, Jonnie Maconie and Guy Self. In 2014, she gave birth to a daughter, Emma, with Jonnie Maconie.

Oliver Valentine

Main article: Oliver Valentine

Oliver Valentine is a Specialist Registrar in Cardiothoracic Surgery, currently working on Darwin ward at Holby City Hospital.

Once careless and cock-sure, Oliver Valentine is now a crisp, reserved and capable man of experience, his personal life having been marred by tragedy. First he lost his sister, Penny, then his wife, Tara, all within the walls of Holby. Some might question why he’d want to return to a place with so many ghosts, but Ollie has a natural talent for surgery, and can’t help feeling drawn towards his new colleague, Zosia.

Sacha Levy

Main article: Sacha Levy

Sacha Levy (born 6 September 1966) is a consultant general surgeon who currently works on the Keller Ward of Holby City Hospital.

A lovable bear of a man, Sacha Levy's capacity to enjoy life is equalled only by his compassion, he works to live and lives to help people, not to climb the greasy pole. But don't let the laid back jocular exterior fool you! Underneath this larger-than-life facade beats a lion's heart, deftly protecting all that he holds dear.

Henrik Hanssen

Main article: Henrik Hanssen

Henrik Love Hanssen (né Lövborg) is a consultant in general surgery and the current Chief Executive Officer of Holby City Hospital.

Highly intellectual and enigmatic, Swedish-born Hanssen is the epitome of an exceptional leader with razor-sharp focus and meticulous surgical skill. Hanssen’s aloof manner and dry wit belie an often perceptive and compassionate nature but he would never dream of revealing any private moments of weakness. An omniscient and steadfast presence, Holby is safe in

Zosia March

Main article: Zosia March

Zosia March (born 2 February) is a CT2 trainee neurosurgeon who currently works on the Darwin Ward of Holby City Hospital.

She isn’t afraid to question hierarchy and she doesn’t feel obliged to fit in, but she is open-minded and fiercely loyal to those she likes.

Business-like when it comes to sex, Zosia is also resoundingly private, hiding a troubled past from a prying world.

Guy Self

Main article: Guy Self

Guy Self FRCS (SN) is a consultant neurosurgeon and the former CEO of Holby City Hospital. He is very unpredictable, assertive and driven, Guy Self is a leader who demands excellence from others. He left Holby General Hospital in 2016 to continue his career elsewhere.

Following Hanssen's return to the position of CEO, Guy began to focus more on neurosurgery, which was also his speciality. Working closely alongside Darwin and Jac Naylor as the new Director of Neurosurgery, Guy frequently found conflict in his work. He left the hospital in November 2016 for a fresh start following the death of Tristan Wood. He returned in August 2017.

Dominic Copeland

Main article: Dominic Copeland

Dominic "Dom" Copeland is a second year core training doctor who currently works on the Keller Ward of Holby City Hospital.

Troubled and trouble in equal measure, Dom's a wily schemer who is always working an angle. Intelligent and sharp-witted, he's actually very sensitive and is easily wounded, often believing himself to be the victim and justifying his actions as self-defence.

Fiercely protective of, and generous towards, those he favours, Dom can also be surly and vindictive towards those he feels have betrayed him. When it comes to fact versus fiction, Dom prefers to glamorise.

Complicated, unpredictable and deliciously wicked, one thing’s for sure: things are a lot more interesting when Dom's around.

Raf Di Lucca

Main article: Raf Di Lucca

Raffaello "Raf" Di Lucca is a registrar general surgeron who currently works on Holby City Hospital's Keller ward.

Dedicated, driven and passionate, Raf loves nothing more than being in the medical “zone”. An expert in resuscitation, he is a true medical pioneer and an energetic force of nature, who is led by his heart rather than his head. A dynamic presence, he can exhaust his team as they struggle to keep up, and can be demanding, quarrelsome and stubborn.

The passion Raf shows in medicine is matched only by the passion and devotion he shows to his wife, Amy, who is his rock and soul-mate… but what happens when the pressure really hits?

Adrian "Fletch" Fletcher

Main article: Adrian "Fletch" Fletcher

Adrain "Fletch" Fletcher is the current Director of Nursing of Holby City Hospital. He joined AAU as Ward Manager in 2014 shortly after departing his job as a senior staff nurse in the hospital's Emergency Department.

Straight-talking and nobody’s fool, Fletch can dish out tough love when he needs to, but behind it he’s as big-hearted as they come; a dedicated dad always willing to go the extra mile for those in need…

Essie Harrison

Main article: Essie Harrison

Estelle "Essie" Harrison is a nurse and transplant co-ordinator at Holby City Hospital, she first arrived on the 6 May 2014.

As a female friend, she's a rock – there’s no earthly wrong that a bucket of wine and a drunken dance can’t right. As a girlfriend, she’s spontaneous, emboldening and fun, though secretly struggles with the fact that Sacha has two demanding ex-wives and three children. Essie’s independence is sometimes a threat to Sacha; he likes to feel depended upon.

In turn, Sacha is driven nuts by her slatternly domestic ways. Essie leaves a trail of girly devastation whenever she gets ready to go out. It reminds him of his daughters!

Morven Digby

Main article: Morven Digby

Morven Elizabeth Digby (née Shreve) is an F2 doctor who currently works in the Acute Admissions Unit of Holby City Hospital. She joined the department in her first year of foundation training in June 2015.

Academic, intelligent, reserved, compassionate, circumspect and also oddly quirky, Morven’s always felt a weight of responsibility to succeed. Morven is determined to learn from the best as a trainee doctor and finds the rush of AAU nothing short of heart-racing. There, between bursts of Shakespeare (Morven can quote entire passages by heart) she exudes a blend of terror and hope: she’s working on real people!

Matteo Rossini

Main article: Matteo Rossini

Matteo Rossini is a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon who currently works on the Darwin Ward of Holby City Hospital.

His curiosity for people and new experiences knows no bounds. He is unwittingly arrogant and humorously grandiose at times (he claims that Carla Bruni once propositioned him at a medical charity event and were it not for his largesse, encouraging her to stay with Sarkozy, the course of French national history might have been changed forever). He’s also a bit of a tech junkie, and is working on various apps with bright young things across the pond in Silicon Valley.

Nina Karnik

Main article: Nina Karnik

Nina Karnik is a consultant general surgeon and medical director who is currently working on the Darwin Ward of Holby City Hospital.

Nina is the wife of cardiothoracic surgeon Matteo. She first appeared on 9 May 2017 as a friend of a patient and started working on the hospital's Acute Assessment Unit on 30th May 2017.

Nina becomes the medical director in August 2017, after Sam Strachan resigned from the post.

Ben "Lofty" Chiltern

Main article: Ben "Lofty" Chiltern

Benjamin "Lofty" Chiltern is a senior staff nurse who started working on the Keller Ward of Holby City Hospital in May 2017. He initially worked in the hospital's emergency department from 2014 to 2016.

Damon Ford

Main article: Damon Ford

Damon Ford is a..... Damon arrived as an F1 on 6 June 2017 and had trouble finding Darwin ward, where he has his first rotation. He met porter Jason Haynes who guided him there and later Damon asked Jason if he'd want a drink with him but Jason declined. Damon's first proper shift was on 20 June 2017 and tried to get a patient to consent to surgery and told her in confidence that he has incurable congenital heart disease which the patient later told Jac Naylor of.


Image Character Actor Current occupation Ward Arrival
(first appearance as series regular)
Ric Griffin Hugh Quarshie Lead Consultant in Surgical Admissions and Consultant General Surgeon AAU 02001-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 9 October 2001 16 years and 12 days
Donna Jackson Jaye Jacobs Senior Staff Nurse AAU 02004-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 16 March 2004 13 years, 7 months and 5 days[1]
Jac Naylor Rosie Marcel Director of Cardiothoracics and Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon Darwin 02005-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 22 November 2005 11 years, 10 months and 29 days
Oliver Valentine James Anderson Specialist Registrar, Cardiothoracics Darwin 02009-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 9 June 2009 8 years, 4 months and 12 days[2]
Sacha Levy Bob Barrett Lead Consultant in General Surgery, Consultant General Surgeon and Clinical Skills Tutor Keller 02010-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 5 January 2010 7 years, 9 months and 16 days
Henrik Hanssen Guy Henry Chief Executive Officer, Director of Surgery and Consultant General Surgeon 02010-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 19 October 2010 7 years and 2 days[3]
Zosia March Camilla Arfwedson Year 2 Core Training, Neurosurgery Darwin (Neurology) 02013-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 10 September 2013 4 years, 1 month and 11 days
Guy Self John Michie Lead Consultant in Neurology and Consultant Neurosurgeon Darwin (Neurology) 02013-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 26 November 2013 3 years, 10 months and 25 days[4]
Dominic Copeland David Ames Year 2 Core Training, General Surgery Keller 02014-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 14 January 2014 3 years, 9 months and 7 days
Raf Di Lucca Joe McFadden Specialist Registrar, General Surgery and Fellow Keller 02014-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 28 January 2014 3 years, 8 months and 23 days
Adrian Fletcher Alex Walkinshaw Director of Nursing Darwin 02014-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 12 August 2014 3 years, 2 months and 9 days
Essie Harrison Kaye Wragg Staff Nurse and Transplant Co-Ordinator Keller 02015-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 7 April 2015 2 years, 6 months and 14 days
Morven Digby Eleanor Fanyinka Foundation Doctor Representative and Foundation Training Year 2 AAU 02015-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 30 June 2015 2 years, 3 months and 21 days
Matteo Rossini Christian Vit Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon Darwin 02016-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 29 November 2016 10 months and 22 days
Nina Karnik office
Nina Karnik Ayesha Dharker Medical Director and Consultant General Surgeon 02017-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 9 May 2017 5 months and 12 days
Ben Chiltern-0
Ben Chiltern Lee Mead Staff Nurse Keller 02017-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 16 May 2017 5 months and 5 days
Damon Ford
Damon Ford David Ajao Foundation Training Year 1 Darwin 02017-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr 6 June 2017 4 months and 15 days


  1. Donna departed in 2011; returned in 2017.
  2. Oliver departed in 2013; returned in 2014.
  3. Henrik departed 2013; returned in 2015.
  4. Guy departed in 2016; returned in 2017.

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