Silent Witness star Liz Carr admits she 'refused to say certain lines' on show

Silent Witness star Liz Carr has spoken about her role on the long-running crime drama and how her groundbreaking role has helped to improve the representation of disabled people on TV.

Carr played forensic analysis Clarissa Mullery on the hit BBC show alongside Emilia Fox – and last night exited the show after eight years.

Following last night’s season 23 finale, she decided to hang up her scalpel for good – after the sudden death of Dr Thomas Chamberlain (Richard Lintern), from a nerve agent that choked him despite his hazmat suit.

Now, speaking to the BBC Ouch podcast, the actress reveals that she’s proud of the progress she’s made for the representation of disabled people after nearly a decade on-screen on one of Britain’s most recogniseable prime-time dramas.

In the series finale last night, Clarissa left for pastures new (Picture: BBC)

Fans were positively reeling after the finale last night and series star Emilia paid tribute to both Liz and Richard following the shocking events.

Speaking about the shock double exit, Liz said: ‘To quote Clarissa, “I just know, deep down – that it’s time for me to move on, to focus less on the dead and more on the living. On life.’

Originally hired back in 2012 for a four-episode story arc, Liz was soon a full-time member of the Silent Witness team, and it’s something that she says she’s ‘extremely proud’ of.

‘I know this is the right time to take a leap of faith, leaving what I know and seeing what other opportunities await,’ she added.

Speaking about her co-stars, including Emilia Fox, David Caves and Richard Lintern, she added: ‘I have loved working alongside them for the past eight series and I leave knowing I have their love and support for my decision.

‘My hugest thanks goes out to the audiences and fans who have followed me and Clarissa over the years. Without your love for the character, I doubt I’d have made it through my first series!’

Silent Witness will return to BBC One. Series 23 is now available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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