Former Holby City star Joe McFadden has confirmed Essie Di Lucca’s exit.

Picture Shows: Estelle ‘Essie’ Di Lucca (KAYE WRAGG) – (C) BBC

McFadden reprised the role of Essie’s late husband Raf as a figment of her imagination, as Essie – played by Kaye Wragg – struggled to come to terms with the fact that her cancer has returned and she is terminally ill.

Tuesday’s episode (July 21) saw Raf encouraging Essie to make the most of the time that she has left, and in a behind-the-scenes video on the BBC website, McFadden discussed his return.

Picture Shows: Raffaello ‘Raf’ Di Lucca (JOE McFADDEN), Estelle ‘Essie’ Di Lucca (KAYE WRAGG) – (C) BBC

“So I’m back on Holby somehow,” he said. “I never thought I’d see the day!

“I come back for Essie’s exit storyline. I can’t really give too much away. But yeah, [I’m] coming back as part-ghost part-figment of her imagination, helping her make decisions and deal with the troubling times that she’s going through.”

The actor added: “It’s really surreal to be back and kind of lovely, but very cold. I forgot they film things three months in advance and it’s freezing out there, so I have to pretend it’s warm when it’s really not!”