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Rosie Marcel on Holby City reunion two years after she was brutally killed off

She was once the Queen of Holby City, but now actress Rosie Marcel is embracing her new role as a housewife and mum. Two years ago, Rosie’s character, Jac Naylor, was diagnosed with a brain tumour and killed off in the finale of the medical drama, as it was axed by the BBC after 23 years on air.

Rosie hasn’t been back on screen since, but admits she’s loving spending quality time with her husband of 11 years, Ben Stacey, and their daughter Beau, nine.

“I’m a completely different person now,” says Rosie. “I’m a housewife and a mother – that’s literally what I do. I’ve been given the opportunity, by Holby coming to a close, to pay more attention to my family. Not that I didn’t before, but I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with my daughter. I didn’t do the pick-ups or the drop-offs.

“I didn’t understand all the parental stuff that comes with having a child – Ben would do all of it so I could work. But I’m really grateful because I love it. I love being a mum, and I love being at home. I might not be out there earning money, but this is a really tough job.”



Rosie has been enjoying her life away from the screen since Holby City came to an end
Rosie has been enjoying her life away from the screen since Holby City came to an end

While some might turn their nose up at Rosie not getting back into the work grind, she says it’s a tough gig with so much to do in her household.

“I get up at five to deal with the dogs, the cats and the chickens,” she says. “Then I’ll get Beau ready for school, I go straight to the gym, then walk the dogs, do the cleaning and then make everybody dinner.

“I’m also doing a lot of mood boards right now because Ben and I are going to build a house. So I’m tipping my hand at interior design at the moment. It sounds like I don’t do a lot, but by the time three o’clock rolls around, I’ve run out of time. And that happens every day – it’s absurd.”



Rosie reveals plans to build a house with her husband Ben Stacey
Rosie reveals plans to build a house with her husband Ben Stacey

With all her other jobs, does Rosie plan on getting back into the acting world?

“I never stepped away,” Rosie tells us. “I wanted a year off, and that’s turned into two. So I haven’t worked, but not for want of trying. I get more anxiety now when an audition comes in than when one doesn’t come in, because I really do like my life.

“It has to be incredibly specific for me to take the time off from what I do here. I’d love a fantastic cameo that takes me away from home for only a couple of weeks. Or a major role in a new series. It’s all about that balance because I’m a mother, chef, chauffeur, dog walker and cleaner. If a job comes up, it has to be right.”



Rosie filmed tough scenes back in 2022 when her character Jac was killed off
Rosie filmed tough scenes back in 2022 when her character Jac was killed off

Rosie played Jac for 17 years and had some huge storylines, from Jac being accused of murder to being shot, struggling with her mental health, and multiple romances with members of staff. It was a huge part of her life – and the same goes for Holby fans, too.

“I get asked daily, ‘When are they going to bring the show back?’” reveals Rosie. “They say, ‘When are we going to see you on the telly again? Why did the BBC make this terrible decision?’ It’s crazy, but there’s definitely a big appetite for us out there, which is lovely. It would be amazing for everybody who could still be in it if they brought the show back, because it was like a family. But I’d be very sad I couldn’t be a part of it. The only way to get around that would be to do a Bobby Ewing – it was all a dream.”

During her years on the series, Rosie saw a lot of cast come and go, and made some fantastic friends – some of whom she is now reuniting with for a very exciting new project. Guy Henry (Henrik Hanssen), Bob Barrett (Sacha Levy) and Sarah-Jane Potts (nurse Eddi McKee) are joining Rosie in flying out to Romania to film five episodes of a documentary series that will see them rescue and rehome stray dogs and cats.



Some of the Holby City cast will be reuniting for a project close to Rosie's heart
Some of the Holby City cast will be reuniting for a project close to Rosie’s heart

“It’s somewhat of a Holby reunion,” explains Rosie. “It’s going to be great for the Holby fans because it’s the four of us together again, talking shop. I think it’s going to be horribly interesting watching Guy Henry pick up enormous amounts of dog poo!

“I don’t think Sarah-Jane, Bob or Guy quite know what to expect. Obviously we’re going to have a lovely time though, because we’re going to get to see each other.”



Bob Barrett is one of the cast who will be helping Rosie and The Pack Project
Bob Barrett is one of the cast who will be helping Rosie and The Pack Project

While going to Romania will be a new experience for Guy, Sarah-Jane and Bob, the same isn’t true for Rosie, who flew out three years ago and found the experience incredibly emotional.

“I do find it difficult and it’s hard work,” says Rosie. “I think they’ll find it tough seeing all the stray dogs there.

“Animal rescue charity The Pack Project is partnered with a charity over there called Care For Dogs Romania. Effectively, what they do is take stray animals from Romania and try to find them homes in the UK. This is close to my heart – I’ve always preferred animals to people.”

For information about The Pack Project go to: https://www.thepackproject.org/

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