Wallis Day quits Hollyoaks; role of Holly recast

Wallis Day has announced she's leaving Hollyoaks, with actress Amanda Clapham taking over the role of Holly Cunningham.

Wallis tweeted: "Hollyoaks has been a great opportunity & I'm extremely grateful!! I feel like now is the right time to move on.."

In a statement, Wallis added: "I want to thank Lime Pictures for giving me such an incredible opportunity. I cannot express how grateful I've been for the last 18 months - I've learned so much and I hope to work with Lime again in the future.

"Congratulations to Amanda for being cast as Holly, I'm sure she'll do an excellent job working for such a great production company full of talented people."

Hollyoaks' executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said: "We're very sad to see Wallis go, but respect her decision. I felt Holly is too good a character to lose, so we have recast the role and fans will see her later this autumn."

Wallis will last be seen in Hollyoaks Later next week.

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