Casualty exit: Why did Fenisha Khatr actress Olivia D’Lima leave Casualty?

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Casualty season 35 came to an end last night, Saturday, August 7, on BBC One. The series slowly built up to the unexpected final scenes which led to viewers saying goodbye once and for all to Fenish Khatr. But what is the reason behind the actress Olivia D’Lima leaving after joining the cast last year. 

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Casualty. 

Why did Fenisha Khatr actress Olivia D’Lima leave Casualty?

Fenisha Khatr (played by Olivia D’Lima) and Ethan Hardy were looking forward to spending what time they had left with one another. 

Ethan learned he inherited Huntington’s disease from his mum back in 2016 so the couple knew they wouldn’t have forever. 

Nevertheless, they were going to tie the knot and much to their delight, the wedding day had arrived. 

Unfortunately, in an unpredictable moment, Fenisha was killed off in the series finale.  

Fenish was late to her own wedding and so got a lift from her ex-boyfriend Matthew Afolami (Osi Okerafor). 

But as they argued, the car crashed onto the train tracks and she was trapped. 

With help from Matthew and colleague Lev Malinovsky (Uriel Emil Pollack) who witnessed the incident, she was able to escape. 

Sadly, as Lev was trying to get back onto the platform, he was struck and killed by another train. 

Meanwhile, Fenisha lost a lot of blood from the incident and later died of her injuries. 

From the sounds of it, it wasn’t actress Olivia D’Lima’s choice to leave the drama. 

Casualty’s creators had decided to write her character Fenisha out of the show in order to have an epic season finale storyline. 

Speaking to the Metro, D’Lima said: “We knew there were several ways the story could go and all I wanted was to make sure that Fenisha got a memorable send-off and that she did!

“She had such a dramatic time on the show that it would have felt wrong for her to just slink off – she deserved drama until the end.

“I feel incredibly honoured to have been able to play out this beautiful love story and be part of an unforgettable Casualty season finale.”

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She said that her time on Casualty had been “everything and more” but told Digital Spy how she loved Fenisha’s ending. 

D’Lima explained: “Honestly, I think this is the coolest exit ever.

“It’s absolutely heartbreaking, dramatic, and unforgettable.

“I don’t know what more I could ask for as an actor.

“But as a person who loves Fenisha, I am mourning her death and will be for quite some time.

“She has changed me for the better and I will never forget her.”

This may be the end of season 35 but fans aren’t going to have to wait very long for the next series. 

Casualty will be returning for season 36 on Saturday, August 15, on BBC One. 

The series is going to start with an hour-long special to mark the show’s 35th anniversary. 

Casualty is available to watch on BBC iPlayer. 

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