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Ex EastEnders star Marc Elliott has lopped off his shaggy mane to appear as clean-cut, complex new Holby City medic Isaac Mayfield.

Marc played TV’s first openly gay character, Syed Masood, in EastEnders between 2009-2012 and his storyline caused controversy by for its intimate pre-watershed scenes.

Dr Mayfield will reportedly immediately catch the eye of Dominic Copeland (David Ames).

 

The Mirror reported Marc saying: “I’m pleased to be joining the team and looking forward to playing this complex, flawed character.”

He added: “My twin sister was born with the brains and is a qualified veterinary surgeon. I’m chuffed to finally be able to compete – if only in the pretend world.”

Marc talked to Soaplife about why he left EastEnders in 2012 after deceiving his boyfriend Christian Clarke with Danny Pennant. Syed was a popular member of the Masood dynasty and Marc won Best Newcomer at the 2010 British Soap Awards.

Since EastEnders Marc has earned plaudits for his various performances on stage.

Holby executive producer Oliver Kent said Issac, on screen in June, would ‘make a handsome addition and will quickly brighten up Dominic’s life’.