One of our fave Shorty Street stars is leaving the show!

One of our fave Shorty Street stars is leaving us... and we're pretty upset about it!

After playing the role of Bella Durville on Shortland Street for 6 YEARS, Amelia Reid-Meredith has announced that she will be leaving the show.

"This has not been an easy decision for me to make. I have enjoyed every moment of my time on the show and learnt so much in the process," says Reid-Meredith.

"I have decided it's time to take a break and pursue other projects and opportunities."

Ameila also revealed that she will be leaving Auckland, and that she would never rule out a return to the show in the future (does this mean she doesn't get killed off?).

"I have been thrilled to be a part of this amazing on-screen family, many of whom have become friends for life so this decision was not taken lightly. But sometimes you just have to follow your heart and do what you feel is right at the time, and I definitely won't say I will never be back!"

"We're keeping details of what's in store firmly under wraps for now, but there are still lots of twists to come before Bella leaves our screens," says producer Maxine Fleming.

"I for one will miss both the actor and the character and on behalf of all at Shortland Street, I wish Amelia all the love and luck in the world and I'm certain that her future will be full of continued success," adds Fleming.

She will be on-screen until November...