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The doctor will see you now

KAITE WELSH CHATS TO HOLBY CITY’S CATHERINE RUSSELL ABOUT BERENA, FEMINISM AND BEING A LESBIAN ICON
PHOTO BBC/KIERON MCCARRON

”When it comes to what our bodies look like, what are we doing to ourselves?”

When Catherine Russell announced her temporary departure from BBC medical soap Holby City, queer fans were in uproar. Together with Jemma Redgrave, she was half of the monumentally popular ship Berena – otherwise known as Major Bernie Wolfe (Redgrave) and Russell’s toughas- nails but impeccably stylish Serena Campbell. But while Serena was on a sabbatical, grieving the death of her daughter and making her beloved Shiraz in a French vineyard, Russell was delighting audiences in Joe Orton’s black comedy What The Butler Saw and taking a road trip around Europe. Now, Serena Campbell is back on the wards and about to be reunited with Bernie, but for how long? Catherine sat down with DIVA to talk feminism on the Holby wards, Serena’s coming out arc, and whether Bernie’s brief return to Holby means an end to Berena – or a whole new beginning.

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This month we’re super excited to have actor, singer and Radio DIVA co-host Heather Peace rocking our cover for a record-breaking seventh time. In her most revealing interview ever, the Lip Service star opens up about her marriage, lesbian parenting and why she’s actually very different to the roles she plays. Make sure you check out our stunning photo shoot and find out what went down when we spent the day chez Peace, ahead of the DIVA Music Festival. Also in this issue… Holby City’s Catherine Russell on Berena, feminism and being a lesbian icon We hang out in Amber’s Closet and get to know the woman taking YouTube by storm Legends Of Tomorrow’s Maisie Richardson-Sellers: “I don't want to exist within the boxes given” The career issue: How to start your own business, by women who have Why we love The Voice finalist Lauren Bannon Does being out on the court still have the potential to kill a career in tennis? “How a stay at an artsy lesbian Airbnb made me question my whole identity” PLUS: Karima Francis, Rachael Cantu, menswear for women and so much more!