Holby City Jac Naylor stars life – topless snap, BAFTA snub and co-star sister

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Holby City star Rosie Marcel has played consultant cardiothoracic surgeon Jac Naylor for over 15 years.

The 45-year-old actress shot to fame as a toddler and has become one of the BBC's highest-paid stars.

Away from the cameras, Rosie is married to gym owner Ben Stacey and the pair are parents to a little girl named Beau.

She has a black belt in karate and previously revealed she'd like to be a stint woman.

As fans of the BBC one medical drama prepare to wave goodbye to Jac, and Holby City, for good, Daily Star has taken a look into Rosie's life away from the spotlight.

From a cutie to a beauty

Rosie had her first job at the age of three as a fairy in A Midsummer Nights Dream at the National Theatre.

In 1989, the young star was cast as Sophie in the children's comedy drama Press Gang.

10 years later, she played Donna Palmer in Days Like These, which was set in the 1970s.

In November 2005, Rosie joined Holby City as Jac Naylor.

She also played Jac in Holby's sister series Casualty.

Prior to this, she appeared in over twenty episodes of ITV police drama The Bill as Louise Larson.

BAFTA snub

For her work in a 2019 storyline which saw Jac have a mental breakdown, Holby City bosses put forward Rosie's name for BAFTA consideration.

However, she did not ultimately receive a nomination.

It was revealed in the BBC's Annual Report for 2016 that Rosie was one of the BBC's highest-paid stars, with an annual salary for her role in Holby City in the range of £200,000 to £249,000.

This made her the highest-paid actor on the series at the time.

In January 2021, Rosie announced her departure from the medical series after 16 years in the role. However, she returned four months later.

Famous family

Rosie is the daughter of director Terry Marcel and actress Lindsey Brook.

Terry is best known for the cult film Hawk the Slayer, which he co-created with producer Harry Roberts.

His other films include Prisoners of the Lost Universe, The Last Seduction II and Jane and the Lost City.

His TV work includes fantasy series Dark Knight, an update on the Ivanhoe legend with fantasy trappings.

Linsey appeared in Grange Hill, Undercover Kids and Howards' Way.

Rosie's sister is actress Kelly Marcel, who has appeared in The Bill and Holby City.

Kelly is now best known as the writer and executive producer of television series Terra Nova.

Rosie and Kelly also have a younger brother name Luke.

Racy snaps

The Holby City star sent fans wild as she took to Instagram to share a topless selfie for charity.

Rosie left little to the imagination back in August 2020 as she posed for the saucy snap with just Julian Rota's book titled Animal Trust covering her assets.

She shared the photograph after she promised the Berkshire branch of the National Animal Welfare Trust she would "do anything" to help the group sell the book to make some much-needed cash.

The TV personality laid herself bare as she looked seductively at the the camera.

Rosie penned alongside the snap: "I promised @nawtuk #Berkshire I’d do anything I could to sell this book to raise some much needed funds and I've heard sex sells so.

"Sorry?!?! Sex only sells if you're under the age of 25 with rippling muscles and go to your (home) gym four times a day? Awkward. I'll just get right back into my hoodie then. What a plonker.

"On a serious note these are really tough times for many charities.

"If you can afford to support #NAWTBerkshire by buying Julian Rota's new book or simply donating, it would mean everything to them and me.

She concluded : "And if you’re lucky I’m hoping @chris.packham will be doing a similar post soon…… challenge."

Health woes

Rosie was diagnosed with endometriosis aged 20 and it was also discovered that she had a blood clotting disorder.

Previously opening up about her health, the actress said: "I was bleeding for about four months then I passed out in the shower and had to be rushed to hospital for an emergency blood transfusion.

"The doctors told me I'd almost bled to death and further tests revealed I had a blood clotting problem, the female form of haemophilia."

Six years later, she suffered further problems when she developed the rare condition Behcet's disease, an inflammatory disease in which the white blood cells attack healthy cells.

The disease left her almost bed-bound for two years until she was seen by an immunologist, who diagnosed the condition and put her on immuno-suppressants.

During the two-year period, Rosie was unable to walk unaided for approximately twelve months, instead relying on the use of two walking sticks.

In 2008, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, which had advanced to her pelvis and she had laser therapy to destroy the cancerous cells while continuing to film Holby City.

End of an era

The final ever episode of Holby City will air this Tuesday (March 29).

Last year, it was announced that the show will come to an end after 23 years on air.

Opening up about the show's axe, Rosie told Inside Soap: "The whole thing is really upsetting, in all honesty.

"I can’t lie and say that I wasn’t angry about Holby ending without warning, without reprieve or the opportunity to fight.

“For this to happen at a time when we are outperforming our sister shows and EastEnders, it felt like a very big blow to all of us, and it still does."

On her final day filming on the show, Rosie posted a tribute to Holby City.

Sharing a picture of herself in Jac’s uniform, she wrote: “Last day. I have loved playing Jac Naylor. I have loved being here for 16 years.

"Thank you everyone @bbcholbycity and thank you all of the beautiful fans and friends of the show."

The final episode of Holby City airs on BBC One on Tuesday at 7.50pm

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