Hollyoaks star confirms exit after Ali and Misbah clash

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The following article contains discussion of themes including sexual assault that some readers may find upsetting.

Hollyoaks spoilers follow.

Raji James has confirmed his Hollyoaks exit from the soap after Ali and Misbah's clash.

The actor poked fun at the political machinations at 10 Downing Street on Tuesday (July 5) taking attention away from his final scenes as Ali Shahzad in E4's first-look Hollyoaks episode.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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"Bloody government, they'll do anything to overshadow my last episode on Hollyoaks. Goodbye and thanks for all the fish," he jokingly tweeted.

The latest preview episode saw Misbah attending a workplace tribunal at Dee Valley Hospital for Ali ,to share how his abusive behaviour changed her life forever.

Ali had an outburst during the tribunal sessions, as he angrily hurled some horrific insults at Misbah in front of everyone. Misbah was subsequently assured she wouldn't be seeing Ali at the hospital again.

Former EastEnders star Raji joined Hollyoaks last summer as Shaq's long-lost father. It was later revealed that Ali had raped Misbah when she trained to be a doctor.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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Misbah decided to give up Shaq at birth to a relative, and the arrival of Ali in Hollyoaks brought back traumatic memories.

After Ali showed how evil he remains to this day, Misbah and the entire Maalik family worked for months to stop him from abusing his authority at the hospital any longer.

While Ali escaped justice in the courtroom, Tuesday's first-look episode finally saw him face the consequences when his evil acts were exposed in front of his colleagues.

Hollyoaks now streams first on All 4, with new episodes dropping each weekday morning. The show airs Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, and at 7pm on E4. Selected omnibus episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video.

Read more Hollyoaks spoilers on our dedicated homepage.

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

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