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Hollyoaks star Rishi Nair has left the show after four years in the role of Sami Maalik, Digital Spy can reveal.
The actor filmed his final scenes for the Channel 4 soap opera in October and he will be retiring from the screen imminently as part of the ongoing Maalik family storyline.
Viewers can get their first glimpse of Sami’s outing in the Hollyoaks Holiday Box, which goes live on All4 starting at 7pm today (December 17).
Show managers have decided to follow the recent tradition of releasing Hollyoaks holiday episodes ahead of time, giving viewers greater freedom on how and when to watch them.
Eight episodes in total will be available to stream before their regular screenings on Channel 4 and E4.
Hollyoaks fans have seen the Maalik family face a turbulent few months, with the presence of the evil Ali Shahzad (Raji James) leading to emotional moments for everyone.
Ali raped Misbah Maalik (Harvey Virdi) when they were together in college. Misbah has reported Ali to the police for the historic crime, but has so far had trouble bringing him to justice.
In the next scenes, Misbah’s family intensifies their attempts to support her.
In addition to Sami’s departure, the episodes will feature the debut of the show’s newest family, who are poised to play a pivotal role during the holiday season as they integrate into the village.
The drama-filled show promises an action-packed Christmas for the town’s residents.
There is a surprise for the Cunninghams and a possible heartbreak for the McQueen family.
The Christmas Cindy plans for the Cunninghams doesn’t go as expected when Luke’s FTD worsens.
However, a discovery from Zara could be exactly what she needs to rescue the day.
A resident assumes the role of Santa’s elf performing miracles throughout the town, including a sack full of surprises for the Lomax.
Fans will be able to watch Sami’s exit when Hollyoaks drops her Christmas box after 7pm on Friday, December 17th.
Sami’s initial revenge plan against James Nightingale gave life in the village a dramatic start. He also had memorable relationships with Ellie Nightingale, Sinead O’Connor, Liberty Savage, and Verity Hutchinson.
Sami also played a key role in the far-right Hollyoaks story, in which the Maalik family was threatened by an extremist group that began targeting them with racist abuse.