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Heigl happy to remain on Anatomy

Katherine Heigl
Heigl starred in box office hit comedy Knocked Up

Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl has said that she is happy to stay on the US drama series if asked by producers.

The 30-year-old actress, who has played Dr Izzie Stevens since the show began in 2005, said her character's future remains shrouded in secrecy.

"I don't know if I live or die. I don't know how Izzie fares," said Heigl, who also has a career on the big screen.

Last year, Heigl withdrew from the Emmys, claiming that her TV role was too small for awards contention.


Speaking at a party to mark the 100th episode of the ABC show, Heigl said: "I'm there if Izzie remains part of Grey's Anatomy," adding that the show's set is one of her "favourite places".

But the actress said: "No-one will tell me and I don't know how this is going to go."

Series creator Shonda Rhimes, who is renowned for keeping its plotlines secret, refused to comment on the future of Heigl's character, who has had health issues in recent instalments of the medical drama.

It had been speculated that Heigl, whose film credits include 27 Dresses and Knocked Up, was keen to concentrate on movies.

But she recently said that she was happy to work on other projects during the summer break in filming of Grey's Anatomy.

"I'm more than happy to make that compromise. As my agent likes to say, 'High-class problems,'" Heigl said.

"I don't know if I want to continue for five years working 12 months a year, but I can take at least another year or two," she added.

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