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Emergency hits All Saints as Georgie pulls the plug

MEDICO drama All Saints was dealt a crushing blow yesterday when it was confirmed star Georgie Parker would depart the series next year.

The Australian actress has starred as the hospital drama series' main character nurse Terri Sullivan since it began seven years ago on Channel 7.

It was not revealed why Parker, a dual Gold Logie winner, decided to depart the show, however she released a line of sleepwear through K mart earlier this month.

Parker's only comment yesterday was in a statement released by Channel 7 that assured viewers the show would go on without her.

"I know that some of the audience will be sad to see Terri leave, but the show has so many strong characters that I can guarantee All Saints will go from strength to strength," she said. "I want to sincerely thank the cast, crew and especially the wonderful audience for seven unforgettable years."

Over the past seven years, Parker's character has been arguably the most popular with viewers, and one of her most memorable storylines was her troubled three-year courtship with Dr Mitch Stevens (Erik Thomson), in which she renounced the church, but was left heart-broken when he died of a brain tumour.

Her departure comes at the end of a key year for the drama, which, after softening ratings, was revamped and the action was moved from Ward 17 to the emergency department.

Parker was one of the few long-serving cast members remaining after other favourites such as Thomson, Libby Tanner and Brian Vriends moved on in 2003.

John Holmes, Seven's head of drama and executive producer of All Saints, yesterday thanked Parker for her service to the show and wished her all the best.

"Georgie has made a remarkable contribution to the success of All Saints, and her portrayal of former nun Terri Sullivan has endeared her to audiences across Australia," he said.

Parker will film her final scenes with the drama early next year and she will be seen on-air until the end of May.

By Emma Chalmers
Decemebr 24, 2004
The Courier Mail