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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  • Comment number 19. Posted by witchneedles

    on 12 Nov 2012 17:38

    You are leaving for a good reason but that does not mean you wont be missed. I too remember your first episode. Your voice just fitted right in. Enjoy your retirement.

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by pauline

    on 16 Oct 2012 17:54

    Sorry you're leaving the cast Rosalind.. you've made Clarrie the character I can identify with most.. I daresay she'll struggle on tho, as will I....Happy retirement!!

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by Keri Davies

    on 11 Oct 2012 16:07

    Yes, that is Clarrie's birthday.

  • Comment number 16. Posted by cheeseone

    on 9 Oct 2012 07:34

    > We need to be told

    I believe that's Clarrie's biography, not Rosalind's!

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by bjsliv

    on 8 Oct 2012 19:48

    > If you are really 68, nature has been kind to you

    Yes! It's a recent and unretouched photo.

    But Rosallind's biography on The Archers website states
    Born: 12 May 1954
    Which would make her 58
    Not many ladies retouch their age to increase it!

    We need to be told.......

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by linda

    on 8 Oct 2012 19:44

    i have been listening to the archers for the last 50 years this might sound horrible but i believe if the actor deceides to move on that should be the end not have the position casted by a new member it does not seem right and the archers will not be the same.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by katytop

    on 8 Oct 2012 17:51

    This is Rosalinds choice a shame but there you go! I still miss Nigel and he did not want to go!!! I still think his going was a very bad decision. Could it all be a bad dream and he returns?

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Keri Davies

    on 28 Sept 2012 10:42

    Thank you for these kind messages, which I'm sure will mean a lot to Ros.

    > If you are really 68, nature has been kind to you

    Yes! It's a recent and unretouched photo.

  • Comment number 11. Posted by John_Riggins

    on 27 Sept 2012 11:56

    I knew Rosalind wasn't the original 'Clarrie' but I didn't realise that Rosalind had been in the role for 25 years!
    We'll miss you Rosalind but 'Clarrie' will soldier on as she always does.
    Best wishes and good luck with the Grandchildren you'll need it! LOL

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by lovingthearchers

    on 25 Sept 2012 09:40

    Good luck and god bless. I have loved Clarrie as played by you and the new actress has a lot to live up to; I am so jealous of your having grandchildren - I am still waiting for mine!! All the best xx

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