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Chicago PD star quits show after six years – details

The actress portrays Detective Hailey Upton Halstead

Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey Upton in Chicago P.D.
Megan Bull
TV Writer
Updated: 25 October 2023
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Tracy Spiridakos will leave Chicago P.D. after season 11, HELLO! can confirm. The actress – who portrays Detective Hailey Upton Halstead – has decided to wave goodbye to the police procedural, following a six-year stint. 

Tracy Spiridakos at an NBC event© Getty
Tracy Spiridakos will leave Chicago PD after season 11

Tracy's exit follows the departure of her on-screen husband, Detective Jay Halstead, played by Jesse Lee Soffer. The character made his last appearance in season 10, with the character taking an army job in Bolivia. 

Tracy has yet to address the news herself, and NBC has refrained from commenting. 

Tracy Spiridakos as Hailey in Chicago PD© Getty
The actress has been part of the show since 2017

Reacting to the announcement on X, formerly known as Twitter, a number of fans have shared their sadness, and support. 

"Tracy Spiridakos you are the best thing that could have happened to that show and I'm going to miss your beautiful Hailey Upton, but I'm happy for you and from here on out, wherever you go, I follow," wrote one. 

"Oh, the heartbreak! Chicago P.D. just won't be the same without the spark that Tracy Spiridakos brought to the team. I guess we'll have to get our detective fix somewhere else. Best of luck, Tracy!" added another. 

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It was back in 2017 that Tracy first signed onto Chicago P.D. as a recurring character in season four, before being promoted to a series regular from season five onwards. While Tracy will reportedly leave in season 11, it's unclear how many episodes she'll feature in. 

Due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strikes, production on the next instalment is currently delayed, leaving the actress's filming schedule up in the air. Tracy herself has been posting from the picket lines, and she even reunited with Jesse Lee Soffer at a protest in August. 

Jesse Lee Soffer, with executive producer Derek Haas and former co-star Tracy Spiridakos on the picket lines © Jesse Lee Soffer/Instagram
Tracy with former co-star Jesse Lee Soffer and executive producer Derek Haas on the picket lines

When it came to his own exit, Jesse confirmed that he would be leaving Chicago P.D. in 2022. 

At the time, he confirmed his departure with a statemen, explaining: "I want to thank the incredible fans for their unwavering support during the past ten years and want to express my deepest gratitude to Dick Wolf and everyone at Wolf Entertainment, Peter Jankowski, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Rick Eid, Gwen Sigan, NBC, Universal Television, my fellow castmates and our incredible crew.

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Closure" Episode 901 -- Pictured: Jesse Lee Soffer as Jay Halstead© Getty
Jesse Lee Soffer's left the show in 2022

"To create this hour drama week after week has been a labor of love by everyone who touches the show. I will always be proud of my time as Det. Jay Halstead."

Opening up about why he left the show, Jesse told Variety: "I really wanted to grow and expand, and we've only got this one trip. If I signed up again, it would have been for another three years.

Jesse Lee Soffer in Chicago PD © NBC
Jesse decided to depart after feeling the need to "grow and expand" as an actor

"I would have turned 40 on the show. I thought, 'You know what? It's time to take a risk.' Eventually, you know the character so well, there's not much that can shift or transform." 

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