Alicia Munroe (born 19 September 1989) is a registrar in paediatric emergency medicine who worked in the emergency department of Holby City Hospital from 2015 to 2019. She initially joined the department in September 2015 and was due to work there for a 4-month rotation as a part of her foundation training. However, she departed in mid-November after less than two months due to Lily Chao's bullying.
In August 2016, she returned to the ED just as the staff were preparing to celebrate Charlie's 30th anniversary. Although she was only there on a locum shift, Connie informed her that she was welcome to stay on for the remainder of her placement, something which she later decided to do.
Following her return, a romance blossomed between her and registrar Ethan Hardy, but she soon entered a relationship with his brother Caleb Knight. In February 2017, they broke up, and, following Cal's death in April, Alicia supported Ethan as he grieved. However, their relationship crumbled when Ethan became obsessed with revenge. Free and single, Alicia decided to focus on her career, and, in December, she passed her registrar exams.
The following year saw several major events in Alicia's life. In March, she was nearly fired for creating the provocative Rage in Resus blog. In May, Alicia faced extreme emotional turmoil after she was raped by junior doctor Eddie McAllister. Her ordeal continued through to July when Eddie pushed her through a window and her ambulance crashed. Ethan promised to be there for her and supported her as she recovered. In January 2019, Alicia applied for a paediatric fellowship in Manchester and was offered it. Torn between staying in Holby with Ethan, who was planning to propose to her, and pursuing her career, she eventually decided to accept the fellowship and leave Ethan and Holby behind.
Alicia lived in Newcastle with her parents during her childhood and teenage years. (CAS: "Fall on Me") She initially went into medicine as she wanted to make a difference for people. Growing up, her father showered her with attention, one of the reasons why she stayed in Newcastle to study so she could live at home.
Joining the emergency department
On her first shift, Alicia was paired with Lily to act as a mentor to her. When Alicia appeared to have had a good impression on the rest of the staff, Lily became annoyed as she had failed to do so when she was an F2. At the end of Alicia's shift, Connie revealed to Lily that she thought Alicia was a "breath of fresh air", which further angered Lily. (CAS: "Cradle to the Grave")
The following week, some extremist attackers spread into the ED, stranding Alicia in resus with Max and Louise while the building was evacuated. Alicia managed to perform a risky operation which saved the patient, and Lily was annoyed that she had done it as she wasn't experienced enough, but the rest of the team were pleased with her efforts. (CAS: "Belief")
Following Lily's father's death in October, she was especially temperamental at work and it was Alicia who felt the wrath of this. When Lily was trying to realign a patient's broken ankle, she made a mistake which resulted in Lily calling Connie in. However, Lily soon became jealous when Alicia was praised for her quick thinking. (CAS: "One Shot") The following week, Connie expressed optimism to Alicia about her medical career and advised her to take her MCEM exams as soon as possible. She later asked for a senior member of staff to file a report on Alicia, and Lily was quick to volunteer. During her shift, Alicia performed an unfamiliar procedure to relocate a man's shoulder who'd been run over in a scam which had gone wrong, which irritated Lily. Later in the day, Alicia once again showed her instinct and was correct which caused Lily's jealousy to peak. When Connie asked Lily if everything was okay, she told her that she though Alicia wasn't ready for her exams and was overconfident. Connie later informed Alicia that she should perhaps wait a little longer before taking her MCEM exams. (CAS: "Best Served Cold")
In November 2015, Alicia walked out of the ED in search of a young boy who had gone missing whom she was meant to be looking after, but soon found herself embroiled in a hostage situation. She ended up in the back of a van treating a young man for severe bleeding whilst the man who did it was outside trying to get in. She was eventually able to get the patient back into the ED safely, although Connie and Lily were both extremely annoyed with her. She later decided to email Connie informing her about her immediate resignation, emotionally overwhelmed and distraught as she reflected on her time in the ED. Her resignation was down to Lily's harsh manner towards her which quickly turned nasty and despite Lily perhaps having been oblivious to the extent, Alicia at least regarded it as bullying. (CAS: "Avoidable Harm")
Return and relationships with Ethan and Cal
Alicia returned to the department in August 2016 for a locum shift just as the staff were getting prepared for Charlie's 30th anniversary celebrations. When Connie noticed Alicia, she informed her that she was welcome to stay on to complete the rest of her placement which she'd never completed. Alicia was paired up with Lily once again and although she was initially dreading it, Lily was exceptionally friendly to her. Later in the shift Alicia confronted Lily and told her that although she could put what happened behind her, they were never going to be friends. (CAS: "Sticks and Stones")
Alicia later told Charlie that she'd take up Connie's offer, and decided to continue working there. Louise was delighted with her decision to stay in the department, as was Charlie. Alicia was also relieved that her and Lily were able to get along through their shift, although Lily wasn't aware that Alicia would be staying on. (CAS: "Sticks and Stones")
Alicia attended Charlie's 30th anniversary party across the road at The Hope & Anchor later in the day along with other staff members. Ethan attempted to flirt with her, but was unsuccessful as she left to go and get a drink at the bar. Cal encouraged him to show her his vulnerable side. After the news of Connie's accident got back to the staff and they were waiting for Grace to arrive, Alicia went to wait outside the ED and Ethan followed. However, shortly after the helicopter carrying Grace was hit by a drone and crashed down near the entrance of the department. It sent an ambulance rushing forwards which crashed into some scaffolding which collapsed on Alicia and Ethan. Alicia was initially fearful for Ethan when he was unresponsive, but she was relieved when he just had a leg injury. She was able to treat him there, at the same time he told her the origin of his nickname from Cal, "Nibbles", something which she wasn't even aware of. They were eventually able to get a long pole and activate the siren from inside the ambulance which was also under the scaffolding, and Cal and the paramedics came to their rescue. Later in the day as the staff were preparing to stay and help clear up, Ethan told Cal that showing his vulnerable side had backfired, but Cal proved him wrong when he showed Ethan how Alicia was looking at him. (CAS: "Too Old for This Shift")
Just a week later, Alicia's parents were in the ED as her mother Jackie was suffering from stomach pains. By this time, her parents had moved down to Holby from Newcastle. She encouraged Alicia to give it a go with Ethan, but her father Howard advised her to be more cautious. Alicia informed Ethan that her parents had only just got back together after going through a rough patch. It later transpired that Jackie had contracted gonorrhoea, which left Alicia upset. She shared a deep conversation with Ethan on the roof of the hospital which brought them closer together. Howard later confessed to Alicia that it was him who was having the affair, not her mother. She was furious and her father later said he'd leave this time. After their shift, Ethan and Alicia had drinks in the pub and he informed her that he'd been able to secure her a place living with Jez and Max in their flat. However, she left him heartbroken when she left the pub with another man. (CAS: "Fall on Me")
Later in the month, Ethan and Alicia were once again thrown into work together when Elle requested that they go along together to the scene of a fall. They arrived to find that they'd have to be lowered into a confined dark underground cave system together, something which Alicia showed apprehension about. However, Ethan was able to calm her down when some rubble started to fall down and as they were being taken to the surface the pair almost shared a kiss. Once back at the ED, Lily treated Alicia's small arm injury and saw that she had taken an interest in Ethan. After work, Alicia suggested that they went back to her place, where they opened a bottle of wine. Despite Ethan's hopes that they would be spending a quiet night in, Alicia drank too much and ended up being sick and Ethan was left to get her into bed. (CAS: "Pride Comes Before a Fall")
The following day, Alicia attempted to avoid Ethan at work. However, she soon caught onto the fact Max and Jez had a competition between themselves about who could kiss her first. Taking the opportunity for revenge, she took a drunken Max and put him in bed next to Jez naked. (CAS: "Schoolboy Crush") The next morning, Jez and Max woke up confused much to Alicia's amusement. It was also Alicia's birthday, and Ethan had planned a party for the evening after work. However, when he overheard her saying how she was enjoying being single, he told her he couldn't come to the party. Despite this, he later decided to go to the party when speaking to the patient whom he had rescued from the cave just days before. When he arrived, he was distraught to find Alicia kissing Cal and they later had a one night stand. (CAS: "Party Pooper")
By early-October, things were still awkward between her and Cal following their one night stand. However, he was offended when she was so opposed to the idea of doing it again and rated him six out of ten. However, he later got back at her and said she wasn't that good either. Alicia's day didn't get any easier as she was trying to contact Lily to apologise for lying to her about the party but couldn't get a response. She saw Iain in reception and he called her up on how she treated Lily. Towards the end of the day, Lily arrived at work and Alicia got the chance to apologise in person. Although Lily accepted her apology, Alicia told Lily that she thought Iain had a thing for her. Alicia also discovered an old image of Jacob during the shift and it soon spread around the department. (CAS: "Too Much Love Will Kill You")
Later in October, Elle gave Ethan two tickets to the hospital's awards ceremony for that evening and hinted that he take Alicia. Although Cal tried to get the tickets from Ethan so he could ask Alicia to go with him, Alicia later accepted to go with Ethan. However, a chat with a patient made Ethan reconsider his decision and he let Cal go instead. Alicia was surprised to find Cal waiting for her in the taxi but ended up going nevertheless. (CAS: "Night of the Loving Dead")
Later in October after spending a night together, Alicia declined to meet up with Cal that evening. He took it personally and was offended, so he bluntly made her realise that she hadn't been serious about anyone recently. Cal later found her crying and comforted her assuming that it was what he said that had upset her, but it transpired that she'd just been on the phone to her mum who was upset about her dad. Later in their shift, Alicia and Cal managed to work together to save a patient and later agreed to meet at the pub after work. Once there, they decided to try to give their relationship a go. (CAS: "Shock to the System")
In November, Alicia gave Ethan some advice on his online dating profile which made him realise how well she knew him. She was also annoyed with Jez and Max for changing her profile to say that she was pregnant, something which shocked both Cal and her mother when they initially found out. (CAS: "Not in Holby Anymore")
The following month, Ethan was growing tired of Cal and Alicia's relationship due to his feelings towards her. She sent a message to a woman named Penny on his dating profile in the hopes that she'd go along to the work Christmas party that evening. Whilst enjoying their day off at the Christmas market, a girl fell from a balcony and into Cal's army which led to them both being admitted to the ED with minor injuries. Whilst there, Alicia treated Ethan after he'd been hit in the face trying to break up an argument. That evening at the party, Penny left after noticing the way Ethan was looking at Alicia and Ethan realised that he didn't want to be with anyone else. Back at the flat, Ethan finally admitted to Alicia that he was in love with her after Cal had fallen asleep. (CAS: "All I Want for Christmas Is You")
On New Year's Eve, Cal had returned from The Bahamas where he'd spent Christmas, leaving Alicia back at home with her parents. Ethan became annoyed with Cal during the shift because of the way he was speaking about Alicia, presuming that she'd been interested in other people whilst he'd been away. That evening, Ethan turned up at Alicia's house looking for Cal, when he realised that he'd stolen his proposal for a South African research trip. In anger, Ethan told Alicia about all of the things that Cal had done to him over the years, and she began to sympathise. He reiterated what he'd said before Christmas, and finally kissed Alicia, not willing to let Cal walk over him anymore. (CAS: "New Year, New Me, New You")
The following day, Alicia and Ethan woke up together but were startled when Robyn needed to borrow something of Alicia's. In the rush, Ethan hit his knee on the radiator, but Alicia quickly tended to it when they were at work. Whilst treating a patient, Duffy began having suspicions of Alicia and Ethan's romance, and encouraged her to do whatever was in her heart. Alicia and Ethan prepared to tell Cal later in the day, but at the last minute Alicia backed out and pretended they were talking about something else. That evening, Alicia found that she couldn't spend the night with Cal and when she got out of bed, Cal noticed a cuff-link on her bedroom floor. (CAS: "What Lurks in the Heart") Cal spoke to her the following week but she assured him that she wasn't seeing anyone else. (CAS: "Back to School")
In February, Alicia arrived at her parents' house, surprised to find that her mother had taken her father back. Shortly after, a family friend, Martin, arrives at the house and Howard asks him to leave. Whilst driving off, he accidentally crushes Howard into a skip on the drive. the paramedics arrive and free him, but Jackie also sustains a head injury. At the ED, it transpires that Martin was the one who her father had cheated with. Meanwhile, Cal and Ethan discovered a secret phone in Alicia's locker which she'd been texting a mystery man on, and they agreed to meet him outside the ED. Upon arriving there, they discovered Max and, in anger, Ethan punched him. Alicia interrupted and revealed that it was just a prank she was playing on Max, but she later forgave Cal when he performed a procedure to save her father's life. (CAS: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love")
The following day, Alicia attended Charlie and Duffy's wedding reception. However, when Cal caught sight of her and Ethan talking, he kissed the pole dancer whom they'd met on the stag party the night before. Alicia was furious and angrily stormed off, irritated that she'd given him a second chance, and ended their relationship. Nevertheless, both Alicia and Ethan remained oblivious to the fact that Cal knew about their fling. (CAS: "The Stag, the Dog and the Sheep")
In April, Alicia woke up in Sam's bed, and was shocked when he made her get the bus to work. He announced budget cuts once he got there, and Alicia felt irritated and angry that she'd slept with him, considering that he was now on the bad side of all of her colleagues. During the shift, Alicia became involved in a dangerous situation with one of her patients and ended up hitting the attacker with a fire extinguisher to defend her. Sam spoke to Alicia after the shift, revealing that they didn't actually sleep together, but that he would struggle to defend her when telling the story to the board about the events of the day. After the shift, Alicia and Ethan chatted outside the ED, and decided that it was best for them not to go out, considering that she'd had a relationship with Cal. (CAS: "Sleeping With the Enemy")
Later in April, Alicia agreed to go ahead with Cal's proposed work-to-rule action for the junior doctors in an attempt to stand in solidarity with the consultants following the budget cuts. However, Alicia was shocked to discover some revealing photos circulating online, with her face imposed upon them. She initially suspected it was Jez who was playing a trick on her, but was humiliated when Cal later accused Sam. (CAS: "When the Whistle Blows")
Cal's death and supporting Ethan
The following week, the day of the strike arrived and Cal soon became irritated that Alicia and Ethan weren't taking it as seriously as he'd hoped. They told Cal that he was making it too personal against Sam, which prompted him to angrily inform them that he knew that they slept together whilst he and Alicia were going out. Iain also discovered that Gem was responsible for the photos the previous week, but Alicia never found this out. (CAS: "Reap the Whirlwind - Part One") When Roy Ellisson died in the ED, Cal advised Ethan and Alicia to leave the ED, as his aggressive son was out to get Ethan, accusing him of causing Roy's death. Cal also gave Ethan his blessing for him to date Alicia. They headed across the road for a drink in the pub, but whilst they were in there, Roy's son Scott fatally stabbed Cal outside the ED. Max found them in the pub and urged them to return to the ED, by which time Cal had died. (CAS: "Reap the Whirlwind - Part Two")
By early May, Alicia continued to support Ethan in the aftermath of Cal's death. Ethan returned to work against her advice, and she spent the shift worrying about how he would cope. Alicia joined Charlie and Ethan in listening to the voicemail that Cal had left Ethan just before his death. The police agreed to bring Scott in for questioning, despite the little evidence they had. At the end of the day, Ethan almost ran Alicia over in the car park. Sensing that Ethan was still in shock about the events of the day, she assured him that the voicemail didn't mean that he was the one who should have died. They shared a kiss, and she promised to support him so they'd get through it. (CAS: "Break Point")
In June, Ethan was shocked to hear that Scott had been released from custody due to lack of evidence. When Scott turned up in the ED later that day, Alicia was forced to intervene when Ethan began fighting with him. Ethan later sought comfort with Alicia, who reminded him that whatever he did to Scott wouldn't bring Cal back. (CAS: "Swift Vengeance Waits") Later in the month, Alicia attended Cal's funeral with various other members of staff from the ED. (CAS: "Don't Stand at My Grave and Weep")
Towards the end of June, Alicia became more concerned about Ethan when she discovered that he'd been making regular visits to one location and keeping watch outside Scott's flat. She eventually caught him in the act and thought she'd finally got through to him when he agreed to stop. (CAS: "It Had to Be You") Later, Alicia received a phone-call from a refugee charity asking to speak to Cal. It transpired that Cal was raising money and planning to visit a camp in France to deliver supplies. Inspired by Cal's efforts, Louise informed Alicia that she would begin to organise a fundraiser. (CAS: "Roadman")
In July, Ethan continued his crusade against the Ellissons and convinced Jez to let him see Mickey, Scott's brother. Mickey refused to speak, so Ethan threatened to expose Mickey's sexuality to his right-wing family. Ethan later got angry with Alicia as she'd known that Jez was dating Mickey the whole time. When Ethan overheard Jez speaking with Alicia, he rung Scott. Alicia attempted to get the phone off him, but he accidentally pushed her to the floor. Although Ethan eventually decided not to phone Scott and he and Alicia made up, she told him at the end of the shift she couldn't watch him go through the pain anymore. She gave him an ultimatum to choose between her or his revenge plan for Scott; he apologised to her and told her that it was something he had to do, effectively ending their relationship, despite the fact Alicia had confessed her love for him. (CAS: "Man Up")
Later in the month, Alicia was shocked when the Ellissons once again turned up in the ED. She convinced Ethan to stay well out of their way. However, when Scott angered Ethan by intimidating another patient, he revealed that Mickey was sleeping with Jez. A fight ensued between Scott, Mickey and Jez on the first floor, which resulted in Scott falling over the balcony as Alicia and Charlie looked on in shock. (CAS: "Somewhere Between Silences - Part One") Scott was treated by Lily and eventually stabilised. Ethan went to visit Scott, but when he started choking Ethan just left resus without helping him. As a result, Scott died, and Alicia comforted Ethan by telling him the whole thing was over now. (CAS: "Somewhere Between Silences - Part One")
Time in France and focus on career
At the end of July, Alicia, Dylan, David and Louise went to France to provide medical aid at a refugee camp. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 1) On her third day at the camp, she befriended a refugee woman named Hadia who she believed was being harassed by Said, a male refugee. However, it soon transpired that Said was trying to protect her from a volunteer named Emile who had been abducting women from the camp to make them work at his hotel. When she arrived at the hotel with Louise, Cameron and Said, Emile locked her in the storage room but she managed to escape and free the women. When Said collapsed after getting beaten by Emile and with no nearby medical services available, Alicia was forced to improvise and used a radio antenna to treat Said's tension pneumothorax. At the end of the trip, to help focus on becoming a better doctor, she decided to abstain from alcohol and men for a year. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 2)
In August, Alicia wanted to apply for a place on a trauma course but needed to learn to drive first. She was delighted when Elle volunteered to be her driving instructor. On the road, Alicia failed to yield at a crossroad and broke off a woman's car door. When Alicia and Elle heard calls for help coming from a nearby house, they found the woman and her father trapped under a pile of rubbish. After paramedics took the daughter to the ED, Alicia stayed to convince her father to accept treatment. At the end of the day, Max agreed to be Alicia's driving instructor. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 4) The following month, frustrated with her woeful driving skills, he hired a professional instructor for her. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 6)
In October, Alicia prepared for her driving test. On the final lesson, she accidentally ran over her instructor's foot and took him into the ED. Lacking an instructor and a car, she asked Charlie if he would let her use his car; he declined. Later, with a lot of persuading, Charlie allowed her to borrow it and Alicia went with Noel to take the test. Thanks to Noel's advice, she passed the test and went to The Hope & Anchor to celebrate. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 8)
In December, the results of Alicia's registrar exams came back. Later, she and Connie disagreed over removing a flare embedded in a patient's leg. Connie started to perform the procedure, but Alicia had to take over when the symptoms of Connie's heart tumour began to manifest. At the end of her shift, she was delighted when her results showed that she passed. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 15) Later that month, the share house was fully restored (CAS: Series 32, Episode 16), and she and Max moved back in. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 17) However, when Max left Holby the following month, Alicia decided to find her own flat. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 20)
Conflict with Ethan
In February 2018, when the hospital was on red alert, Alicia confronted Ethan, who was acting Clinical Lead, and suggested hiring more locums and nurses to lessen the workload; Ethan thought it was unnecessary. Alicia became furious when, due to Ethan's decisions, her patient with sepsis was allowed to contract necrotising fasciitis in the back of an ambulance and forced Ethan to give them a bed in resus. However, when help came too late and the patient was left on life support, Alicia berated Ethan. After her shift, she set up a blog called 'Rage in Resus' to expose the sorry state of the department and the NHS. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 22) Weeks later, the blog gained national attention after she unintentionally disclosed that she worked at Holby City Hospital, which opened the hospital up to scrutiny. She wrote another blog post highlighting the weaknesses of Ethan's new Clinical Decisions Unit. Later, she comforted him after a difficult shift, and they shared a kiss that evening. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 24) Later that month, Alicia planned to spend the weekend in Scotland to celebrate her father's 60th birthday. However, her plans were scuppered when, in an attempt to save money, Ethan cancelled her leave, forcing her to return to Holby earlier than scheduled. She tried to persuade him to back down, but he reminded her that he was still her boss. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 25)
In March, after reviewing the notes of patients mentioned in the 'Rage in Resus' blog, Ethan concluded that Rash was the blogger. After Charlie encouraged her to tell the truth, Alicia confessed that she was responsible for the blog. When Jac Naylor arrived, Ethan told her that he agreed to protect the blogger's anonymity if they agreed to permanently shut the blog down. Alicia was thankful to him, but he told her that he wanted nothing to do with her anymore. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 27)
Rape and trauma
In April, Alicia bought herself a new house and invited her colleagues to a housewarming party. Robyn reminded her that it was the anniversary of Cal's death, but she decided to throw the party after pressure from her friends. She later apologised to Ethan about the unfortunate timing and invited him to the party, but he declined the offer. The following morning, Alicia, Louise, Noel and Gem returned to the ED hungover. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 34) In May, Ethan asked Alicia to be Eddie's mentor when he pitted him against Bea to see who could treat and discharge the most patients in a single shift. During the day, their relationship began to improve, and they later agreed to be friends again. At the end of the shift, Alicia asked him if he wanted to go to The Hope & Anchor to have a drink together, but she was devastated when he revealed that he was already seeing someone. At the pub, she had a drink with Eddie, and the two shared a kiss. They then decided to spend the night together at her house. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 36)
The following morning, Alicia was traumatised by her experience with Eddie. In an attempt to avoiding him at work, she volunteered to attend the scene of a nasty coach crash without informing Connie, and was nearly crushed under a collapsing brick wall. Upon returning to the ED, overwhelmed by her emotions, she collapsed in resus. While Ethan treated her, she asked him if he could mentor Eddie so she could mentor Bea. She tried to open up about her night with Eddie, but Elle interrupted them to call him away to another patient. Later, when Alicia went home, she was still haunted by the encounter. Shortly after, following his breakup with Leigh-Anne, Ethan arrived to confess his love to Alicia. She tried to tell him about what Eddie did to her, but Ethan decided to leave after finding a note from Eddie, believing that they were in a relationship. Overcome with anger and anguish, Alicia gathered her bedsheets and burned them. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 37)
In June, Alicia became distressed when Eddie repeatedly left her messages on her phone. After a confrontation in the lift, Eddie realised that Alicia was afraid of him. Afterwards, she decided to swap all of her shifts to avoid him. After reprimanding Bea for walking out of her shift, Bea revealed that she had to pick up her father Dougie from the police station. Alicia apologised for her insensitivity and asked her if she would like to stay at her house. In the staff room, Eddie asked her if they could put their one-night stand behind them and she reluctantly agreed. Later, Bea visited Alicia at her house to accept her offer, and the two celebrated by going out for a drink. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 38) By the following week, Alicia couldn't bear to sleep in her own bedroom and started sleeping on the sofa. At work, she scolded Bea for getting too invested in the personal life of a patient. However, when her concerns helped save the patient after they had an allergic reaction to codeine, Alicia apologised and praised Bea for her intuition. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 39) Later that week, she struggled to keep her emotions in check and snapped at Bea and Ethan when they showed concern for her wellbeing. She treated Kiegan when Leigh-Anne believed that he could have meningitis. When Alicia told her that he was suffering from a typical infection, she interpreted her swift diagnosis as Ethan trying to keep her out of the department and decided to lodge a formal complaint against him. Later, Alicia managed to persuade Leigh-Anne not to report him and promised to help her find support. In the peace garden, Alicia was left horrified when Ethan confessed his involvement in Scott's death, and she told him to stay away from her. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 40)
In July, Alicia struggled to keep a lid on her emotions and snapped at Ethan when he asked if they could talk about his confession. Later, when she treated a man who had fallen onto his garage roof, she told him that he was paralysed. It later transpired that his immobility was only temporary and Connie reprimanded her and Eddie. However, Eddie decided to take responsibility for the blunder. After suspecting that her emotional instability was linked to Eddie, Bea got Alicia to open up about her feelings and was left horrified when she detailed her night with Eddie. When Bea told her that she was raped, Alicia believed that she was making too big a deal out of what happened and left, ignoring Bea's pleas not to. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 41)
The next day, Bea encouraged Alicia to seek help for her emotional trauma and gave her a leaflet from a sexual assault clinic. They both attended a session and claimed that they were researching techniques for helping sexual assault victims. When Alicia used her situation as a hypothetical scenario, she became uncomfortable once she was told that her scenario was an example of rape, and she left prematurely. At work, Alicia assured Bea that she was coping, but she soon snapped at Eddie after he suggested that they should be friends again. Later, after she berated him for grabbing Louise's arm in a playful manner, he confronted her and told her that he found her treatment of him confusing. Overwhelmed, Alicia ran to the toilets and suffered a panic attack. In the staff room, Bea comforted her as she started to break down. They later returned to the clinic, and Alicia admitted that the hypothetical situation she presented was the one she was in. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 42)
Later that month, at another counselling session, Ruth asked Alicia if she had considering reporting Eddie to the police. At work, she told Bea that she decided against talking to the authorities and insisted that she was feeling better. She intentionally worked with Eddie, but he soon confronted her after Bea told him that she knew what he did to her. Alicia subsequently told Bea to move out once she returned from Paris. Later that afternoon, the two got into a heated argument which culminated in Alicia slapping Bea in front of their colleagues. That night, Alicia went to the police station to report Eddie. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 43)
The next day, Alicia was interviewed and asked to recount the events of the night she spent with Eddie. While viewing CCTV footage from the night to make sure that he had no wriggle room to claim that she had consented to sex, Alicia became uncomfortable and asked to take a break. She considered withdrawing her charge, but the detective reminded her of the low rape conviction rate and told her that she might help other women in similar situations by taking a stand. After Bea arrived to give her support, they watched footage of Alicia and Eddie having consensual sex. Despite Alicia's claims that the footage was unrelated to what happened at her house, the detective told her that there was a chance that the case could have been dismissed. Alicia was adamant that her case was still strong and decided to return to the ED to talk to Connie. However, upon her arrival, Dylan called her into resus to help perform an escharotomy. Afterwards, Connie praised Alicia for her exceptional performance and told to go home to get some rest. Later that evening, Alicia said goodbye to Bea as she left for the airport. After Bea left, Alicia heard a knock at the door and found Eddie. He pleaded with her not to ruin his life, but she proceeded to tell him how she felt that night. When she called him a rapist, Eddie angrily pushed her through the glass of her backdoor, injuring her. After he called for an ambulance, Iain and Ruby arrived and took her to the ED. However, on the way, the ambulance crashed, leaving their lives in the balance. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 44) Trapped, Ruby was forced to treat Alicia's injuries with limited equipment and no pain relief. Once freed and escorted to the ED, Ethan treated her in resus and, during a scan, asked her why she didn't come to him for support. After Duffy told him that she needed his friendship and not pity, he visited her on the wards and promised to be there for her. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 1)
Specialising in paediatrics
In August, wanting to keep herself busy, Alicia returned to work, and Connie made her medical lead for the day. She treated a young girl who was preparing to have a kidney transplant, but her chances of undergoing the operation were hindered after sustaining a head injury. Alicia pressured radiology to take her in for an MRI scan and was relieved to learn that the scan showed no evidence of a bleed. Later that day, Alicia attended Eddie's plea hearing and confronted him on his way in. He proclaimed his innocence, prompting her to tell him about the joy she would feel by putting the events of their night together on public record. She walked out when he pleaded guilty. Upon returning to the ED, Alicia told Connie that she wanted to specialise in paediatrics, and she was subsequently put on the rota for the children's ED. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 3)
In September, Alicia and Ethan shared a kiss. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 4) However, later that month, she told him that she wasn't ready for a relationship. After she mentioned that she hadn't slept in her own bedroom since her night with Eddie, Ethan decided to paint it. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 5) At the end of September, Alicia gave Ruby a room in her house. When she was offered double the rent for the other room by a woman named Jamila, Ethan encouraged her to tell Gem who had also applied for the room. After witnessing Jamila's blunt attitude towards other members of staff, she changed her mind and gave Gem the room. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 7)
In October, Alicia and Ethan tried to help Gem get back together with Rash. She gave Gem her ticket to the ball and her dress, and she shut her in a storage room with Rash so they could make amends. However, her and Ethan's plan was ruined when Jamila burst in, and Rash spilt coffee down Gem's shirt. Later, they took Gem to the ball, but, once she started to have second thoughts, she asked to go to a restaurant first. After Rash found Gem and they left to go to the ball together, Ethan and Alicia shared a kiss and decided to spend the night together. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 11) In November, Ethan asked her if he should go over to her house again, but she told him that she was going out to get toy donations for the paeds waiting room. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 12) Later that month, she was grateful when Ethan bought and donated a large number of toys. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 14)
Fellowship and departure
In January 2019, Alicia visited Manchester to apply for a paediatric fellowship. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 18) The following week, she treated a pregnant woman named Hebe who was hesitant to receive help due to her immigration status, and Alicia believed that she likely had sepsis. She soon went into labour, and her baby was delivered. However, when Alicia told her that she needed to be moved to the maternity ward, fearing that she would have to pay for her treatment, Hebe took her baby and left. At the bus stop, the baby became cyanosed and was rushed back into resus. Faced with no other options, Alicia opted to perform an umbilical catheterisation, but Ethan told her that they were not qualified to perform one. She ignored his warning and went ahead with the procedure, and she successfully stabilised the infant without any complications. Afterwards, Alicia asked Ethan why he tried to impose his "play it safe" mentality onto her, and he told her it was because he was a consultant. Later, she told him that it seemed like he still viewed her as a junior doctor and decided to spend the night on her own. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 19)
Later that month, Alicia was delighted to receive a letter from City of Manchester Hospital offering her the fellowship. She went to tell Ethan, but she started to have second thoughts when she saw him holding a case containing an engagement ring. Connie and Elle congratulated her and encouraged her to accept the offer, but she told them that she wanted to stay in Holby to be with Ethan. Alicia soon told Ethan about the news, and, despite him also imploring her to go, she insisted on staying with him. In the paediatric ED, she treated a young boy named Donnie. His mother Kate believed that he had inherited type 1 diabetes from his father. Louise recognised him from a few locum shifts she did at St. James and recalled his condition as being a mystery, but Kate insisted that there was no controversy. Once a blood sample was taken, Kate took Donnie home, making Alicia suspicious. She soon received Donnie's admission history from St. James and learned that Kate operated a blog about his condition. When his blood test results contradicted the results of his urine test, Alicia voiced her concerns to Connie and suggested that Kate had been fabricating Donnie's illness, and Connie agreed with her decision to call safeguarding. However, as soon as a new blog post was published, Alicia took matters into her own hands and went to Kate's house. Upon arriving, Alicia was horrified to learn that Kate had given Donnie an insulin injection and raced to his room. She found Donnie unresponsive and ordered Kate to call for an ambulance. After she went downstairs to get glucagon, Alicia was stopped by Kate who demanded her to leave. Alicia tried to push past her, and Kate shoved her into a vase. They continued to fight until Alicia managed to knock her down the stairs. As soon as the paramedics arrived, she managed to convince Kate to allow them to treat Donnie, and he was taken to the ED. After she succeeded in stabilising Donnie, Connie praised her leadership skills and questioned why she would have wanted to turn down the fellowship. Outside, Alicia told Ethan that she was going to accept the offer, but he didn't mind. He subsequently got down on one knee and proposed to her, but she told him that it wasn't the right time. That night, Ethan found Alicia outside the department and told her that he was going to resign and accompany her to Manchester, but she reminded him that they had constantly let things come between them throughout their time together. Alicia told him that she had the chance to do something amazing with her life and needed to do it on her own. They shared one final kiss before she left the ED and Holby for good. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 20)
Following her departure, Alicia informed Gem and Ruby via email that she was going to sell her house. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 21) Later that day, Ethan tried to call her, but she didn't answer the phone. Alicia eventually called him back, but he decided to move on from her and delete her phone number. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 22)
A romance blossomed between Alicia and Ethan following the helicopter crash in 2016. However, at all opportunities for the relationship to move forward something seemed to get in the way. Towards the end of September, Alicia ended up kissing Cal and having a one night stand which left Ethan upset although he hid his emotions. (CAS: "Party Pooper") In October, Ethan was going to take Alicia to the hospital's awards night with him but Cal did instead in the end when Ethan opted out at the last minute. (CAS: "Night of the Loving Dead") Later in the month, they made their relationship official. (CAS: "Shock to the System")
In December, Ethan admitted to Alicia that he was in love with her, despite the fact she was still dating Cal. (CAS: "All I Want for Christmas Is You") On New Year's Eve, Alicia and Ethan kissed and spent the night together. (CAS: "New Year, New Me, New You") Alicia and Cal briefly went through a rough patch but later reconciled. (CAS: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love") They broke up later in February after Cal kissed another woman. (CAS: "The Stag, the Dog and the Sheep") In April, Ethan and Alicia went on a date after Cal gave them permission to. That night, Cal was stabbed and killed. (CAS: "Reap the Whirlwind - Part Two") The following week, Ethan and Alicia shared a kiss as she agreed to support him through things. (CAS: "Break Point") Alicia stood by Ethan in the following weeks, but eventually became concerned upon discovering he was stalking Scott. (CAS: "It Had to Be You") She eventually confessed her love for him and urged him to stop stalking Scott but he insisted that he had to do it for Cal. This effectively ended their relationship. (CAS: "Man Up")
Alicia and Ethan's relationship was rekindled in February 2018 when they shared a kiss following a difficult shift. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 24) However, Ethan broke up with her after she admitted that she was responsible for the blog. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 27) In May, Alicia was devastated to hear that Ethan was seeing someone, and she ended up having a one-night stand with Eddie McAllister. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 36) For the next few months, Alicia struggled to cope after Eddie had non-consensual sex with her, and she turned Ethan away when he tried to open up to her about his role in Scott's death. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 40)
In July, Alicia was attacked by Eddie, and her ambulance was involved in a nasty crash. (CAS: Series 32, Episode 44) Although Ethan supported her through her recovery, she was hesitant to restart their relationship due to her trauma. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 5) However, in November, they started dating again. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 11) In January 2019, Ethan decided to propose to Alicia, but he was devastated when she turned him down and left Holby. (CAS: Series 33, Episode 20)
- Alicia went to medical school in Newcastle and stayed at home.
- Her favourite karaoke song is "Hit Me Baby One More Time". (CAS: "One Shot")
- The tips of Alicia's hair were dyed pink when she first worked at the ED in 2015. (CAS: "Cradle to the Grave")
- On her first day in the ED, she brought lemon cake with her, something which she thought would help her get on the good side of the staff. (CAS: "Cradle to the Grave")
- In 2015, she revealed to Lily that she'd love to eventually get a job specialising in paediatrics. (CAS: "Cradle to the Grave")
- Alicia took a break from her F2 rotation and travelled to Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. (CAS: "Sticks and Stones")
Behind the scenes
Chelsea Halfpenny portrayed Alicia Munroe on Casualty from September 2015 to January 2019. She initially appeared for two months towards the beginning of series 30, but it was confirmed that Halfpenny would reprise her role as Alicia in summer 2016. She returned in the final episode of the series and continued her role into series 31. Initial reaction to the character was positive, and fans and critics alike were mostly happy to hear of her return to the show in 2016.
Despite the character's initial positive response, a different side was shown to Alicia at the start of series 31, and many fans were frustrated with her treatment of Ethan. However, critics have noted that the change in character is a good thing, and has been a result of Lily's treatment of her the previous year.
During her initial time in the ED, Alicia appeared in eight episodes between September and November 2015. She made her first appearance in "Cradle to the Grave" and her departure appearance seven episodes later in "Avoidable Harm". She returned to the show in the series' finale episode, "Sticks and Stones", and remained a series regular until the 20th episode of series 33. She had 0 centric episodes.