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Grace Palmer leaves Shortland Street

After three years, the actress who played Lucy Rickman has left the show.

Shortland Street favourite, Grace Plamer has left the show after almost three years.

Her character, nurse Lucy Karim, died at the end of Monday night's episode after giving birth in a car during the volcanic eruption that was the centerpiece of the 25th anniversary special episode.

"At the tender age of 19, I was gifted the most incredible opportunity ever. To the cast, crew, friends, family and fans, I'm so glad we did this together," she wrote on Instagram.

"And as sad as it is to say goodbye to my friend... I know it's time for me and Lucy to part.

"This experience has been a gift. The best nearly 3 years of my life, and I know it'll be hard to beat."

The actress also shared a video saying goodbye to her character - and her fans - on social media immediately after the episode that ended with Lucy's death.

"I've been told I'm not allowed to cry, so I'm going to try really hard," she said.

"I just want to say thank you to everybody for letting me into your homes and into your hearts for almost three years. It's been freaking cool.

"I'm just as sad as you are to see Lucy go, but the time has come.

"I love you all and I am eternally grateful - even if you hated me. The online bullying was fun too," she said with a laugh.

She filmed a cheeky "behind the scenes" video as well, saying goodbye to her cast mates, who all seemed unfazed by her departure.

Palmer, who is the step-daughter of Kiwi icon Jason Gunn and the sister of The Adam and Eve Show host Eve Palmer, had moved to Australia when she got the call to audition for Shortland Street.

Her character started as someone obsessed with Rachel McKenna, before becoming a series regular. Last year, her character married Ali Karim, played by Tane Williams-Accra.