In “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” and “Chicago P.D.,” Dick Wolf’s One Chicago universe is rich with rich, empathetic characters working on the frontlines of fire and mayhem. The franchise has been going strong since its inception in 2012, with crossover stories connecting the various shows.
Several actors, however, have come and gone over the years, either because the storey required it or because they desired a fresh start in a new role. Now that “Chicago Med” is nearing the end of its sixth season, viewers are curious who will return for Season 7.
NBC’s “Chicago Med” follows the hardworking doctors and nurses of the Gaffney Chicago Medical Center’s emergency department as they strive to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.
April Sexton, a brave, caring ER nurse who looks out for her patients, is played by Yaya DaCosta, who is also known for her roles on “America’s Next Top Model” and as Carol Hammie in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” She’s been on the show since its inception in 2015, and when she’s not saving lives, she gets embroiled in romances with her coworkers.
Will she be back in Season 7? This is what we know so far.
Yaya DaCosta said her goodbyes via Instagram.
Yaya DaCosta’s contract was not renewed, according to Deadline. After six seasons of saving lives as ER nurse April Sexton on “Chicago Med,” it’s time for her, or rather the actor who plays her, to move on. Instead, DaCosta will play a new character on Fox’s upcoming series “Our Kind Of People.”
“After six incredible seasons of working with some of the most dedicated people in the industry, learning crazy medical jargon, developing as an actor and as a human… my time as April Sexton on “Chicago Med” has come to a close… my time as April Sexton on “Chicago Med” has come to a close,” DaCosta wrote on Instagram.
She thanked everyone for “believing in [her] from the show’s very beginning, and for giving April wings to pursue such complex storylines,” and said the One Chicago background actors — people in televised careers — “gave [her] so much energy and affection.”
Fans of DaCosta will see her next in “Our Kind Of People,” a new drama based on Lawrence Otis Graham’s book “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class.”
Set on Martha’s Vineyard, DaCosta will play Angela, a single mother and haircare entrepreneur who learns a life-changing truth about her mother while attempting to reintegrate into the elite Black community from which her father had expelled her.
April has been an important part of the team so far, but the hospital will have to figure out how to function without her. The final two episodes of the season, which have yet to air, may reveal what caused her character’s departure. Following that, “Chicago Med” is expected to run at least through Season 8.