Holby City star Niamh McGrady has revealed that she is thrilled to be a regular member of the cast.
McGrady, who has played Mary-Claire in the show since 2009, has only recently been credited as a regular character.
Speaking to Inside Soap, she said: "I've done so many jobs between roles. I've been a cleaner, a waitress and I've worked in bars.
"Even when I was a semi-regular in Holby, I worked in a bar. People used to say to me, 'You're in Holby. What are you doing working in a bar?
"I'm so happy to be a regular on the show - it's the best place to be in the world."
McGrady's character currently has feelings for doctor Harry Tressler, unaware that he has kissed her friend Gemma Wilde.
When asked about the plot, she said: "She's very keen on him. Ultimately, she wants more than a fling.
"To be honest, Mary-Claire is oblivious to the spark between Gemma and Harry. She gets on very well with Gemma. But if she knew that she'd kissed Harry, she'd have something to say.
"There is a lot of game-playing going on and it will be interesting to see how it develops."