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The Good Doctor star Antonia Thomas quits show after four seasons: ‘I am ready to try something new’

The character Dr. Claire Brown is leaving The Good Doctor
Dr. Claire Brown will no longer be a regular character on The Good Doctor (Picture: ABC via Getty Images)

The Good Doctor fans will be shocked to learn they have to say goodbye to Dr. Claire Browne as actress Antonia Thomas has quit the media drama.

The British actress has been part of the show for four season however she has chosen to walk away from the ABC program before the end of her contract.

Yep, the 34-year-old could have stayed on the show alongside co-stars Freddie Highmore (Dr. Shaun Murphy) and Richard Schiff (Dr. Glassman) for another two years.

However, the actress stated she hopes to explore new stories as she moves on from the popular series.

Speaking to Deadline about her shock move, the Lovesick star explained: ‘It was a really, really difficult decision, and leaving, I have to say, is a bittersweet thing for me because the last four years have been absolutely incredible.

‘I feel so lucky and basically indebted to David Shore and the writers for having the experience to play Claire, who has just been a wonderful, wonderful character to explore, so layered and complicated and flawed, the kind of character that I think an actress dreams to be able to play.’

Actress Antonia Thomas has starred alongside Freddie Highmore in the show for four seasons
Actress Antonia Thomas has starred alongside Freddie Highmore in the show for four seasons (Picture: ABC via Getty Images)

She continued: ‘Ultimately, for me, it’s about coming to the point where I think we’ve really run the gamut of different things that Claire can have gone through, and I’m now really excited to explore different creative opportunities.

‘For me, as an actress, having versatility and creativity has been something that’s been really, really important. I’ve come from the British system where you play a role, you film it for a couple of months because seasons are only six episodes long, and then you can do something else, and I think after dedicating four years to Claire and her journey and really, really exploring the character, I am just now ready to try something new, ultimately.’

Her character had been through her fair share of heartbreak over the past two seasons (Picture: ABC via Getty Images)

The Misfits star shared a heartfelt message when the fourth season wrapped filming last month.

‘That is a wrap on season 4 of @thegooddoctorabc 🌟🌟 What an incredible year. With the most Incredible people,’ she began. ‘I couldn’t feel luckier to be a part of this show and a part of this wonderful work family.’

She continued: ‘Along with an amazing cast, we are blessed with a phenomenal crew- so hard working, so wildly talented and kind and without whom we would not be able to make this show.

‘Despite the many hurdles of filming in a pandemic they worked even harder to keep us all safe covid wise, dedicating extra time and energy and hours and patience and talent so that we could complete this season.’

‘I’m incredibly proud and humbled to know you all. Cast, crew, creators. Good Doctor family. Thanks for an amazing season,’ she concluded.

The Good Doctor airs on ABC in the US and is available to stream on Sky Witness in the UK.

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