Holby City cast Jo Martin as a passionate neurosurgeon… and Ric’s impressed!

Neurosurgeon Max will suffer a turbulent private life...

Holby City has revealed that Jo Martin, whose credits include Fleabag and Silent Witness, is joining the cast this autumn.

Jo revealed that she was “thrilled” to be joining the BBC1 hit – which has been cancelled next week – as passionate consultant neurosurgeon Max McGerry.

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The Beeb teases that Ric Griffin (played by Hugh Quarshie) is impressed by Max’s top reputation and “asks her to hang around for a very important reason, but one that comes with a lot of risk”.

Jo said: “I am thrilled to be joining such an amazing show, which I have been a fan of for years. Playing Max will be a pleasure; she is very complex with no filter.”

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Simon Harper, Executive Producer of Holby City and Casualty, added: “Jo is a fabulous addition to the Holby gang, both a hugely talented dramatic actor and comedian.

“She’s been on our admiring radar for some time while we thought up the right part for her. Max is a brilliant, multi-faceted character worthy of her gifts: wry, funny, passionately driven and with no patience whatsoever for political correctness, or ‘snowflakes’ as she calls them.

“So Holby’s staff had better watch out. Professionally, her story will explore highly topical questions about the future of the NHS, while her personal life becomes increasingly turbulent.

“Traditionally, of course, being a neurosurgeon at Holby has been the equivalent of Defence of the Dark Arts at Hogwarts – a poisoned chalice! Will Max buck the trend of her unfortunate predecessors Guy Self, Gaskell and Roxanna? Only time will tell…”

Jo has a long acting CV which also includes roles in Doctors, Casualty, Still Open All Hours and The Bill.

She’s already starting filming her Holby City role and will be seen on the show this autumn.