Lisa Maxwell has revealed she is quitting The Bill. The actress, who has played popular DI Samantha Nixon in the ITV cop show for seven years, made the announcement just a week after ITV confirmed that The Bill was being cut to one episode a week and moved to a 9pm time slot. Lisa said in a statement: "I've loved every minute of my seven years on The Bill, but feel that I have taken the character of Sam as far as I can, and that it is time to move on to new challenges. "I think that when people start referring to you as the 'longest-standing female cast member' it is probably time to take the hint! She added: "It is an honour to have been part of a show that has been on our screens for 25 years to date, and it has of course been a difficult decision for me, but I am excited about what lies ahead and will leave with happy memories of a wonderful team. "I wish them the very best of luck.” Lisa will film her last scenes this summer to be broadcast in September. Get exclusive access to your favourite stars. Subscribe to TV Times magazine
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