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Rosalind Adams to retire from the role of Clarrie

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Rosalind Adams (Clarrie Grundy), has announced that she is leaving The Archers to spend more time with her grandchildren.

Rosalind has been playing Clarrie since taking over the role from Fiona Mathieson in 1988. Previously Clarrie was played by Heather Bell, who created the role in the 1970s.

Rosalind said: "I have been playing Clarrie for 25 years. I'm 68 now and have very young grandchildren with whom I want to spend more time. It has been a brilliant job for me and now I'm happy to hand it over to someone else."

We will be re-casting the part and now have to look for a new actress to take on the role.

Archers editor Vanessa Whitburn, said: "Rosalind has been a much-valued member of The Archers cast. We will miss her and she goes with our very best wishes and thanks.

"Listeners have taken Clarrie to their hearts as we've laughed and cried with her through the years. She has dealt with the various challenges presented to her by the men in her life with amazing fortitude and enviable stoicism. Our challenge now is to find an actress who can continue with the great work that Rosalind has done down the years, ensuring Clarrie retains her special place in listeners' affections."

What is your favourite Clarrie moment?

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer

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