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Hollyoaks fans devastated as Sami Maalik star Rishi Nair leaves soap after four years

Dec 20, 2021

Hollyoaks fans were left devastated on Monday as Sami Maalik, played by Rishi Nair, left the village in emotional scenes after four years on the Channel 4 soap.

During the first look episode, Sami decided to leave his family behind in order for a new start after confronting evil rapist Ali Shahzad outside the police station in one final showdown.

After threatening to murder Ali if he did not confess to his crimes, Sami regretted his actions as he decided to move on from the Cheshire village for a fresh start.

Actor Rishi first joined the popular Channel 4 soap in 2017 as Sami and he has insisted that the door has been left open for a potential future return.

Talking in an exit interview, he said: "I don’t want to say this is goodbye forever because we never know what the future might hold but I feel like he’s left at a good time.

"We’ve seen him go full circle. He came to the village looking for revenge and was a bit of a villain at the beginning and we’ve kind of seen the real Sami and his soft side has come through.

"He acted as the dad of the family looking out for his younger siblings and they’re growing up now and they’re not kids anymore. He’ll always be there but he doesn’t need to be there every day."

Talking about appearing on the soap for four years, he said: "My time on the show as a whole has been absolutely incredible – It’s such a joy to work in that place and to be able to come in every day and do what I love has been a real joy and pleasure.

"All of the cast that I’ve worked with has been incredible and the crew really are the heartbeat of that place. The show has been running for over twenty six years and it’s the crew that has really kept it going.

"I will really miss everyone on the show its like a big family so will definitely miss working with them."

Talking about keeping in touch with his co-stars, he said: "Oh I’ll absolutely stay in contact with a lot of the cast members.

"I’ve met so many friends that started off as colleagues but are now like my family, especially with my Maalik family – From the beginning, we have been like a real family.

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"We are so close outside of the show, we go for family meal’s all the time and were always there for each other. Even after I’ve left the show they wont be getting rid of me, I’ll still be turning up to all the Maalik meals."

Hollyoaks continues on weeknights at 6:30pm on Channel 4 and 7pm on E4.

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