fans were surprised to see a familiar face during the latest episode of the BBC medical drama. 

A few minutes into Tuesday night’s episode, BBC viewers recognised a classic star from Coronation Street. 

It turns out actor Al Nedjari, who played Sami Rachid on the long-running ITV soap between 1994 and 1995, had popped into Holby for an operation. 

Eagle-eyed viewers rushed to social media to share their surprise at seeing Al, playing a character called Tarek, back on their small screens. 

One fan tweeted: “No way Samir from Corrie has turned up in Holby City, I hope Tracey doesn’t want her kidney back!”. 

“Is that Samir from Corrie years ago he was married to Deirdre,” said a second viewer. 

A third fan wrote: “The actor who played Samir 'Diddery' Rachid in Corrie is on Holby City tonight.”

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HOLBY CITY: Fans spotted a familiar face (Pic: BBC)

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SOAP STAR: Viewers realised they recognised the patient from Corrie (Pic: BBC)

While a fourth viewer added: “That cleaner fella was Samir in Corrie!”

Al Nedjari appeared on Coronation Street from August 1994 to June 1995 as Samir, the third husband of the late Deirdre Barlow.

Since leaving Corrie, Al mostly appeared in theatre productions, and also leant his voice to James Bond video games. 

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BACK IN THE DAY: Actor Al Nedjari played Sami Rachid between 1994-1995 (Pic: ITV)

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SURPRISE: Fans loved seeing the actor back on their screens (Pic: BBC)

The actor previously opened up about his time on Corrie, admitting that he was reluctant to take on the role in the first place. 

“I knew I was going to get paid to do a job which was why I was going to be an actor but I didn’t really want to be on television and I certainly didn’t want to be on a soap,” he told a Corrie fan site. 

He added: “I did struggle being recognised in the street. I hated that. I like to sit in cafes and look at people, so that was really hard. But from a professional point of view, I did make a name for myself."



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