Dr. Lily Hassan is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera Doctors, portrayed by Seeta Indrani, who made her first appearance on 28 October 2008. Lily made her final appearance on 31 March 2010 when she left the fictional Mill Health Centre to go on sabbatical leave.

Lily Hassan
Doctors character
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Portrayed bySeeta Indrani
First appearance"Reasons to Be Cheerful"
28 October 2008 (2008-10-28)
Last appearance"Mother's Help"
31 March 2010 (2010-03-31)
ClassificationFormer; regular
Introduced byWill Trotter


On the BBC website, it is noted that Lily was a "rebel in her youth", and managed to reinvent herself by achieving a career in medicine. It also states that despite being "academically talented", she finds social interaction with others difficult, and that she struggles to trust people. Lily is a general practitioner, police surgeon and forensic archaeologist. The BBC website also states that her dedication to her career "borders on the obsessive", and that she "does everything by the book". However, due to her stern personality, she lives a "lonely life of predictability", and secretly hopes that someone will love her for the person she is.[1]


Lily arrives at the Mill Health Centre when Heston Carter (Owen Brenman) employs her to ease the workload of his colleagues. From her arrival, it is clear Heston is in love with her. Despite her constant rejection, he perseveres and it is made clear that she has feelings for him too, and Lily kisses Heston. Lily becomes well known for keeping a skull which gains her the nickname Morticia amongst colleagues. Lily helps Ruth Pearce (Selina Chilton) to recover from her stay at a psychiatric hospital. After being persuaded by Julia Parsons (Diane Keen), Lily proposes to Heston at the Christmas party after their commitment to foster children together. To her shock, he walks out of the room, and later explains that they would not work out in the long-term. Lily left the Mill to go on a long-term sabbatical leave after taking on the care of a troubled teenager.


Indrani was longlisted for Sexiest Female at the 2009 British Soap Awards.[2]


  1. ^ "Dr Lily Hassan". BBC. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  2. ^ McLennan, Patrick. "British Soap Awards 2009: Nominations revealed!". What's on TV. Future plc. Retrieved 16 February 2021.

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