Rosie Marcel

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Rosie Marcel
Rosie Ellen Celine Marcel

(1977-05-06) 6 May 1977 (age 43)
Years active1981–present
Notable work
Ms Jac Naylor
Spouse(s)Scott Bunce (m. 2004; div. 2011)[citation needed]
Ben Stacey (m. 2013)

Rosie Ellen Celine Marcel (born 6 May 1977) is an English actress. She was born in Roehampton, London. Marcel is best known for her role as Jac Naylor, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon lead in the BBC drama series Holby City, a role she has also played in sister show Casualty.[1] She is also the daughter of television director Terry Marcel and sister of writer and actress Kelly Marcel.[2]


Marcel describes herself as being from a 'dramatic' family, and she had her first job at the age of three as a fairy in A Midsummer Nights Dream at the National Theatre.[3] In 1985 she appeared in Bergerac as an abducted child, Michelle.

In 1989, Marcel was cast as Sophie in the children's comedy drama Press Gang. Marcel played a sidekick to Paul Reynolds' character Colin Mathews. She enjoyed the experience, especially scenes in which she had to bite on sweets that made fake blood pour from her mouth.[4]

In 1999, Marcel played Donna Palmer in Days Like These, which was set in the 1970s. Marcel later recalled that during filming the show's dream sequences, she often had to dress up in "awful" outfits such as a cat suit donning Barbarella and a Union Jack Flag.[4]

In November 2005, Marcel joined Holby as Jac Naylor.[1] Prior to this she appeared in over twenty episodes of The Bill, in which her character, Louise Larson had an affair with Sergeant Dale Smith.[5] It was revealed in the BBC's Annual Report for 2016 that Marcel was one of the BBC's highest-paid stars, with an annual salary for her role in Holby City in the range of £200,000 to £249,000, making her the highest-paid actor on the series.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Marcel's mother, Lindsey Brook was an actress and her father, Terry Marcel, is a television director;[6] they divorced in 1995.[7] Her older sister Kelly is a writer and actress who has appeared in both Holby City and The Bill,[8] but is now best known as the writer and executive producer of the television series Terra Nova They also have a younger brother, Luke.[7]

When she was twenty years old, Marcel was diagnosed with endometriosis, and it was also discovered that she had a blood clotting disorder: "I was bleeding for about four months then I passed out in the shower and had to be rushed to hospital for an emergency blood transfusion. The doctors told me I'd almost bled to death and further tests revealed I had a blood clotting problem, the female form of haemophilia."[9] Six years later she suffered further problems when she developed the rare condition Behcet's disease,[9][10][11][12] an inflammatory disease in which the white blood cells attack healthy cells.

The disease left her almost bed-bound for two years until she was seen by an immunologist at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, who diagnosed the condition and put her on immuno-suppressants. During the two-year period, Marcel was unable to walk unaided for approximately twelve months, instead relying on the use of two walking sticks.[13] Speaking about the condition, Marcel said: "I have liver function and blood tests every three months. It's highly likely I'll die before Scott, but I'm coming to terms with that. It's worth it not to go back to the hell I was in for those two years. Untreated, Behcet’s can affect your lungs, heart and blood vessels, so without the immuno-suppressants I might not be here now."[9] In 2008, Marcel was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She discovered that the disease had advanced to her pelvis and she had laser therapy to destroy the cancerous cells while continuing to film Holby.[9]

Marcel has a black belt in karate, which she mentioned when she revealed that she would like to be a stuntwoman: "I'd love the physical challenge of doing stunts. I went to a stuntman's ball with dad when I was 17 and I've been fascinated ever since. I'm a black-belt in karate and I love water-skiing. I also love bungee -jumping, which I could put to good use. I'm tougher than I look."[6]

Marcel married gym owner Ben Stacey in March 2013 in Las Vegas.[14] In August 2014 Rosie announced her pregnancy, which they found out about two days before starting IVF treatment following months of trying to conceive and suffering a miscarriage. The miscarriage occurred just after she had finished filming the scenes in which her onscreen character, Jac Naylor, gave birth.[15] She later announced that she was pregnant with a baby girl.[16] She gave birth to her daughter on 21 January 2015. Due to Marcel's rare clotting disorder (known as storage pool disease), the baby, called Beau, was born via caesarian section.[17] Rosie returned to filming Holby City in August.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b "Jac Naylor". BBC. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Terry Marcel". Sunday Times. 14 August 2011.
  3. ^ "rosie marcel on loose women 004.AVI". YouTube. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Rosie Marcel At Your Mercy". Inside Soap. (Hachette Filipacchi UK) (29): 42, 43. 19–25 July 2008.
  5. ^ "Rosie Marcel on new Holby co-star Alex Walkinshaw: 'We give a nod to our past on The Bill' (VIDEO)". What's on TV. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b Wallin, Pauline (9 March 2002). "Why sex disgusts me; The Vice star Rosie Marcel talks about how getting hot for the cameras leaves her cold". The Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  7. ^ a b Baker, Marc (17 July 2005). "Bill star Rosie's mum penniless in Wales refuge". Wales on Sunday. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Kelly Marcel". IMDb.
  9. ^ a b c d Carroll, Helen (21 April 2011). "Rosie Marcel interview: Holby star on her own nightmare battle with life-threatening illnesses". The Mirror. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  10. ^ Gibson, Linda (20 April 2010). "Rosie Marcel, Holby City". TV Choice. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  11. ^ "Interview: Holby City's Rosie Marcel". Hertfordshire Life. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  12. ^ Boulton, Jessica (1 May 2009). "Holby City's Rosie Marcel: 'I'm not a bitch in real life... but I do enjoy being a vile bully in the show'". The People. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  13. ^ Television interview with 'Loose Women' 6 June 2011
  14. ^ "'Holby City' star Rosie Marcel marries in Las Vegas". Hello Magazine. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  15. ^ Leigh, Rob (11 August 2014). "Holby City's Rosie Marcel on how she discovered she was pregnant two days before starting IVF". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Rosie Marcel reveals she is expecting a baby girl". HOLA. 11 September 2014.
  17. ^ "HELLO! exclusive: Rosie Marcel proudly introduces her baby girl". Hello! Magazine. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.

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