Actress Tina Hobley has announced she is leaving Holby City after 12 years on the wards.

Tina, who plays the unlucky-in-love ward sister Chrissie Williams, broke the news to her followers on her Twitter page – and also said she was looking forward to her next career move.

“Being a part of the Holby family for the last 12 years has been an experience I will treasure forever but it’s time to explore some new challenges,” Tina said.

“I have loved playing Chrissie Williams but I’m also looking forward to getting my teeth in to some other characters and new roles.”

The show’s executive producer Oliver Kent added: “As Chrissie Williams, Tina Hobley has been a leading light at Holby City for over a decade and we will be very sorry to see her go.

“It has been a joy and privilege to work with her and she has been massively popular with the audience. We wish her all the very best for the future.”

Tina is expected to bow out of the BBC One show in November.

The actress has had her fair share of drama during her time on the show, including storylines which saw her held hostage by consultant Stuart McElroy, falling for a gay doctor and also becoming pregnant as a result of a one-night stand.