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Antonia Thomas Exits ‘The Good Doctor’

Actress has played Dr. Claire Brown throughout ABC medical drama’s first four seasons

Antonia Thomas has exited “The Good Doctor” after four seasons of playing Dr. Claire Browne on the series.

“It has been a privilege and pleasure to play Claire Browne and to be a part of such a wonderful show, working with such brilliant people,” Thomas wrote in an Instagram post following the Season 4 finale of the Sony Pictures Television-produced ABC medical drama on Monday. “You couldn’t ask for a nicer work family than the @thegooddoctorabc @sptv cast and crew and I feel so lucky to call you all my friends. Thank you so much to the incredible fans who have been unwavering in their support- it has been so appreciated over the years.
I’m sad to leave but also excited for this next chapter. Wishing my @thegooddoctorabc family the very best for Season 5. Much love to you all. ‘Venga, Vamos!'”

“The Good Doctor” follows Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, who continues to use his extraordinary medical gifts at St. Bonaventure Hospital’s surgical unit. Thomas has starred on the David Shore-created show, which was renewed for Season 5 last month, since it premiered in 2017.

Here’s the description for Monday’s Season 4 finale, titled “Vamos,” which ended with Dr. Claire Browne leaving her team for a job at the Guatemalan clinic: “Dr. Shaun Murphy must perform a risky surgery on a patient without electricity when the power suddenly goes out at the hospital in Guatemala. Additionally, Dr. Lim and Dr. Mateo Rendón Osma’s relationship deepens as they overcome difficulties during their surgery.”

“The thing that I kept talking about was [that] we put that character through so much over the previous years,” Shore told Entertainment Weekly in an interview about the finale Monday. “We’ve had our share of sad endings on this show, and it’s an ending so there’s a sadness to it, but I also wanted this to be more of a beginning at the same time. I wanted this to be hopeful and positive. So the phrase that we kept using was, ‘I didn’t want her to be running away from anything. I wanted her to be running to something.’ So it was really important that this was a good place for her and we all felt good about it.”

Along with Highmore and Thomas, “The Good Doctor” stars Hill Harper, Richard Schiff, Christina Chang, Fiona Gubelmann, Will Yun Lee and Paige Spara.