If there’s one character that needs no introduction it is volatile doctor Antoine Malick played by Jimmy Akingbola. Malick burst onto our screens in 2010 and has had an eventful few years at the hospital in both his private and professional life.

Memorable Malick moments include him finding out about a son he never knew he had and the passing of his son’s mother and treating Amanda Leyton, a convicted accomplice to a serial killer and then letting her die – only after she revealed the whereabouts of the body of an undiscovered victim. Where love is concerned Malick has been known for flying dangerously close to the wind. Over the years his liaisons have included a love triangle involving the then boyfriend of Chrissie Williams and a one-night stand with junior doctor Dominic, which ended his relationship with Nathan and almost ruined his career.

Jimmy Akingbola, who is currently still filming with the Holby team, said: “I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to play such an iconic and ground-breaking character like ‘The Malick’ in Holby City. It has been a dream come true. We created a special, unpredictable individual who has been successfully embraced by the viewers and which has brought a whole new audience to Holby City. Holby is and will always be my family, the cast, crew and production team are all fantastic and I will miss them all.”

Oliver Kent said: “Each of these unforgettable characters has brought something unique to Holby City and it has been an absolute pleasure having them on the show. I’d like to thank Guy, Lauren, Jimmy and Ty for putting in stellar performances week in and week out to bring these characters to life and I wish them all the best for the future.”