The Good Doctor is seeing some big changes to the cast for its fifth season. Antonia Thomas (above, left) has departed the ABC medical drama. She has played Dr. Claire Brown since the series began, but her character departed in last night’s finale.
“You know what, Nellie, it was a really, really difficult decision, and leaving, I have to say, is a bittersweet thing for me because the last four years have been absolutely incredible. I feel so lucky and basically indebted to David Shore and the writers for having the experience to play Claire, who has just been a wonderful, wonderful character to explore, so layered and complicated and flawed, the kind of character that I think an actress dreams to be able to play. I think, ultimately, for me, it’s about coming to the point where I think we’ve really run the gamut of different things that Claire can have gone through, and I’m now really excited to explore different creative opportunities. For me, as an actress, having versatility and creativity has been something that’s been really, really important. I’ve come from the British system where you play a role, you film it for a couple of months because seasons are only six episodes long, and then you can do something else, and I think after dedicating four years to Claire and her journey and really, really exploring the character, I am just now ready to try something new, ultimately.”
With Thomas exiting the series, the cast has some room for a new addition. Per a Deadline report, Osvaldo Benavides is joining the cast of The Good Doctor full-time as a series regular. He first appeared in the two-part season four finale. The following was revealed about his character:
“Benavides plays Dr. Mateo Rendón Osma, an incredibly skilled trauma surgeon, who has spent many years working in Guatemala for a Doctors-Without-Borders type of organization. But Mateo hasn’t always been a hero; some rash actions during his residency will be back to haunt him and could complicate things.”
What do you think? Were you shocked by Thomas’ exit from The Good Doctor? Are you excited to see Benavides next season?