Holby City bringing Diane Lloyd back from the dead for 20th anniversary – 12 years after her suicide

HOLBY City's Diane Lloyd is set to make a shocking comeback to celebrate the show's 20th anniversary – 12 years after her suicide.

Reprising her role as surgeon Diana Lloyd, Patricia Potter will star in the shows 1,000th episode.

The surgeon will feature in the episode that will "go beyond the realms of the hospital" and venture into new territory for the hit soap.

According to show bosses, she will be making her return in "the most unusual way" for the first time in more than 12 years.

Fans of the hit BBC show were led to believe the character committed suicide back in 2007 – with troubled Diane throwing herself under a train off-screen after a series of love life disasters, an abortion and being raped.

Speaking about her return, Patricia said: "It's lovely to be returning to Holby.

"I really enjoyed my time there and made fantastic friends as well as meeting my husband.

"Returning after a decade is very weird but it's friendly as ever and revisiting Diane feels like putting on an old glove!

"She has had a tragic end and this story line feels like it puts the character to bed  with some peace and resolution. It's great!"

Also returning to the drama-filled hospital will be fan favourite Elliot Hope, played by Paul Bradley.

The former EastEnders actor will be appearing for a full five episodes.

He said: "I'm really looking forward to returning to a programme on which I spent so many happy years.

"Holby has always been a hive of really exciting and imaginative stories and this won't be any different, it's going to be a cracker!"

Elliot Hope, played by Paul Bradley said he's really looking forward to returning to the programmeThe landmark episode will air on BBC One on November 5 of this year.

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