Jemma, who will begin filming with the team from September, will play the role of Bernie (Berenice) Wolfe, a feisty general surgeon with battlefield experience. She will first appear as a patient on Darwin, before settling professionally on Keller, where sparks are bound to fly!

In addition to many leading roles in the theatre, Jemma has also featured in TV shows such as Doctor Who, Frankie and Bramwell.

“It will be great to be practicing medicine again, on one of the BBC’s flagship dramas,” Gemma revealed. I am so happy to be joining the cast.”

Oliver Kent, Executive Producer Holby City, added: “When we dreamed up the character of Bernie Wolfe, we immediately thought of Jemma Redgrave and we were utterly thrilled when she agreed to join the Holby Company. Bernie Wolfe will be a force to be reckoned with and I can’t wait to see her locking horns with our established regulars on the wards”.

Jemma will be with the Holby team for six months (departs August 2016), appearing on screens from February 2016.