Former 'Footballers' Wives' star Laila Rouass has joined the cast of 'Holby City'.

Warning: spoiler alert!

She will play Sahira Shah, described by the BBC as a "brilliant surgeon".

Fans have been told that Shah's arrival will lead to a rivalry with Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel) and that the "apparently happily married" doctor will battle a growing attraction to Greg Douglas (Edward MacLiam).

Commenting on her casting, Rouass said: "I'm over the moon to be joining the cast of 'Holby' and am enjoying bringing the character of Sahira Shah to life.

"Like me, Sahira is a mum so I can totally relate to the struggles she faces balancing motherhood with her working life.

"I have no medical knowledge whatsoever so playing a surgeon on 'Holby' has been a real eye opener!

"All the cast have made me feel so at home already and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into some juicy storylines."

Executive producer Belinda Campbell said: "Laila has brought a fresh new energy to 'Holby City' and her character has been a joy to create.

"Like many women in 2010, Sahira tries her best to maintain the delicate balance between work and home life.

"While on the surface she appears to be cool and calm, underneath it all, she is kicking madly just to keep afloat.

"It will be fascinating to explore what is really going on underneath the façade of perfection Sahira has created for herself. I'm sure her character will be someone a lot of viewers will recognise in themselves."

Rouass will make her debut in 'Holby City' in February 2011.