Find out everything you need to know about the cast of Call the Midwife and how you can catch up on the previous series.
Call the Midwife news
The end of series 7
We can't believe series 7 is over - it feels like only moments ago that this photo was released for the start of the series:
Helen George shared this charming photo of her, along with Leonie, Charlotte Ritchie and Jennifer Kirby to celebrate the new series. Fans of Helen will know that at the time of the photo, she was actually seven months pregnant! Find out all about her new life as a mum, including what she's named her baby.
But now it's time to say goodbye to the sisters and the nurses for another series - and, of course, to poor Nurse Barbara after her tragic death. It's going to take some time to get over that.
Will there be a series 8 of Call the Midwife?
Hurrah! Good news for fans of the drama - the BBC are so pleased with its ratings that they've confirmed new series and Christmas specials until 2020! Break out the bunting - and more importantly, the tissues, as it's sure to continue making us blub.
When does the new series of Call the Midwife start?
We haven't heard about series 8 yet, but we'll keep you posted!
Call the Midwife cast - past and present
Valerie Dyer, Jennifer Kirby
After being introduced to us in series six, we can't wait to see what the ex-army nurse and barmaid gets up to in series seven. Her natural nursing instinct meant that she was successful in securing the role of the new district nurse at Nonnatus house. Find out more about actress, Jennifer Kirby.
Jenny Lee, Jessica Raine
Jenny Lee, also known as Nurse Lee, was originally the main role in Call the Midwife, and was played by Jessica Raine from series 1 to 3. Jenny was based on Jennifer Worth, who wrote the Call the Midwife memoir. She lived at Nonnatus House with the nuns and midwives Trixie, Cynthia and Chummy. She left at the end of series 3 to work in hospice care, having cared for Chummy’s dying mother. The voice of mature Jenny, who narrates the action, is performed by Vanessa Redgrave.
Read more about Jessica Raine
Sister Evangelina, Pam Ferris
Sister Evangelina, played by Pam Ferris, was part of the show from series 1 until series 5. Sister Evangelina’s time on Call the Midwife was filled with drama, including a hysterectomy in series 4, and falling out with new nurse Phyllis Crane (who she later warmed to). After a fire in the maternity house, she accidentally gave two babies to the wrong mother, a mistake which devastated her. Sister Evangelina later suffered a stroke, and then died after a second stroke at the end of series 5 – leaving not a dry eye in the house!
Click here to read more about Pam Ferris
Chummy, Miranda Hart
Chummy Noakes – or Camilla Cholomondely-Browne, as she begins in the series – is played by Miranda Hart. She is the daughter of a prominent family, and known for her kindness and good nature. Despite being well-loved, Chummy is very hard on herself, and self-conscious about her height and clumsiness – famously, she couldn’t ride a bike when she started work.
She often got up Sister Evangelina’s back for her lateness and untidiness, but thanks to her obvious skill as a midwife, this was soon forgotten. She turned her back on her posh roots by marrying East-End policeman Peter Noakes. In series 2 the pair travelled to Africa to complete missionary work, and returned with Chummy nine months pregnant. After a difficult and dramatic birth, she delivered a healthy baby boy – Freddie.
Chummy was due to make an appearance in the 2016 Christmas special, but Miranda Hart had to pull out because of illness.
Read more about Miranda Hart
Sister Winifred, Victoria Yeates
Sister Winifred joined the Call the Midwife flock at the start of series three, and is the same age as other young characters Jenny, Trixie and Cynthia. She's already had an interesting past as a head inspector at a village school, where she was known as 'Nitty Nora the Scalp Explorer'! She also worked as a teacher before becoming a midwife, and looks back fondly at that time, initially feeling uncomfortable about midwifery.
In series 6 she asked Nurse Crane to teach her to drive, and happily the start of series 7 shows her passing her test!
Read more about Victoria Yeates.
Cynthia Miller, Bryony Hannah
Nurse Cythia Miller, later Sister Mary Cynthia, is played by Bryony Hannah, and appeared in Call the Midwife series 1 to 6. She was already a resident of Nonnatus House when Jenny arrived, and the two became firm friends. In the 2014 Christmas special, she decided to become a nun, returning in series 4 as Sister Mary Cynthia. Poor Cynthia was attacked by a strange man (who had been attacking other women in the streets) and was left unconscious. This horrible experience caused her to question how God had let this happen. She tells the nuns she’s going to the Mother House to recuperate, but it later becomes apparent she’s at the Linchmere Hospital – a mental institution, receiving electro-convulsive therapy for depression.
Read more about Bryony Hannah
Trixie Franklin, Helen George
Trixie Franklin, played by Helen George, has been a core member of Nonnatus House. She appeared in series 1 and is still going strong! Trixie brings a touch of glamour to midwifery, with her passion for jazz, smoking and flirting…not necessarily in that order! She’s had various love interests throughout her time on the show, including the seedy Clifford Raines, former fiancé, vicar, Tom Hereward and dentist Christopher Dockerill. She’s been through various dramatic storylines, including an addiction to alcohol and travelling to South Africa in the Christmas special to deliver a baby alone by c-section.
Read more about Helen George
Sister Julienne, Jenny Agutter
Sister Julienne, played by Jenny Agutter, is the Sister-in-Charge of Nonnatus House. She is a kind and generous character, much loved by the other sisters and midwives. She briefly lost her status after being demoted in favour of Sister Ursula, however the sister’s new rules mean a baby suffering with carbon monoxide poisoning slips through the net, and Sister Julienne is soon back in charge.
“We’re very supportive of each other – rather like ordinary sisters are in real life,” Jenny told us in an interview about the cast of Call the Midwife. “The fact that our characters are completely different helps. That’s not to say we don’t drive each other mad at times. We can’t hear each other when we’re wearing our wimples, for instance. We’re constantly repeating ‘What? What? What?’ That gets irritating but then the wimples are irritating in themselves – you get very hot. All in all, though, we do have a wonderful time together.”
Read more about Jenny Agutter
Sister Monica Joan, Judy Parfitt
Sister Monica Joan, played by Judy Parfitt,Sister Monica Joan, played by Judy Parfitt, was one of the first women in the UK to qualify as a nurse midwife. She has a deep love of astrology and cake (not necessarily in that order!) Her age means she often gets confused and worries she can’t be of use, but has always risen to the occasion when the others have needed her.
Read more about Judy Parfitt.
Nurse Patsy Mount, Emerald Fennell
Nurse Patsy, played by Emerald Fennell, first appeared in series 3. Born in Shanghai, she arrived at Nonnatus house to help cover Jenny's workload. Full of beans, she quickly befriended roommate Trixie - the pair enjoyed a late night cigarette or two!
In series 4 it’s revealed that Patsy is in a lesbian relationship with nurse Delia Busby, who she previously worked with. As was the case in the 1960s, the two had to keep their relationship a secret, but they eventually managed to find a flat together and Patsy left Nonnatus house.
The path of true love never did run smooth (especially on TV!) and sadly Delia then had an accident that left her with amnesia - and unable to remember Patsy.
After a few months, however, her memories returned and the pair moved together back into Nonnatus house.
In series 6 Patsy left the nuns to go to Hong Kong to visit her dying father, but returned to be with Delia.
Read more about Emerald Fennell and her new role in Victoria
Dr Turner, Stephen McGann
Dr Patrick Turner, played by Stephen McGann, is a GP who works closely with the midwives of Nonnatus House. He served as a doctor in WWII and suffered a mental breakdown in 1945. After the war he married and had son Timothy, but Mrs Turner died in 1957.
During his work with the midwives and nuns, he became close to Sister Bernadette – causing her to revoke her vows! She left the order and became Shelagh and the pair were married in the 2013 Christmas special. The pair adopt a daughter, Angela Julienne Turner.
Read more about Stephen McGann
Nurse Barbara, Charlotte Ritchie
Barbara Gilbert, later Barbara Hereward, is played by Charlotte Ritchie. After joining Nonnatus House in series 4, she was instantly popular with the other midwives and nuns – despite a boozy start on her first night. She’s an impressive midwife, once delivering three babies in one day, and started seeing Trixie’s ex-fiance, Tom Hereward, in series 5. After Trixie gave the relationship her blessing, the pair got engaged and married.
But our joy for Barbara was short-lived, as tragedy struck in series seven when the newly-wed contracted septicaemia and died. There weren't enough tissues in the world to deal with our sadness and shock.
Read more about Charlotte Ritchie
Sister Bernadette aka Shelagh Turner, Laura Main
Originally known as Sister Bernadette, she appeared in series one, but by series two was questioning her vocation. After a nasty bout of illness, she decided to leave the order to marry the dashing Dr Turner. The pair adopted baby Angela after it was revealed that Shelagh was infertile. Read all about Laura Main.
Nurse Lucille Anderson, Leonie Elliott
Leonie Anderson has been signed up to star in series 7 of Call the Midwife. She’ll be playing Nurse Lucille Anderson, the show’s first West Indian character.
“Elegant, funny and clever, Lucille is swift to settle in and bring a fresh new energy to life at Nonnatus House,” says the programme’s creator Heidi Thomas. We’re so excited to see Leonie’s character shake things up at Nonnatus House!
Read more about Leonie Elliott
Call the Midwife series 7
Find out all of the exciting changes to occur in Nonnatus House in series 7!
Call the Midwife book
The popular BBC series is based on the real-life accounts of midwife-turned-author Jennifer Worth, who wrote the book Call the Midwife: A True History of the East End in the 1950s.
Is Call the Midwife on Netflix?
The first four series of Call the Midwife can be watched on Netflix
Where can I buy Call the Midwife box sets?
Call the Midwife Christmas special 2017
The Christmas special was a snowy affair, as it took place in the icy winter of 1962/ 1963. Our favourite midwives didn't seem to mind too much though, as they prepare to bring festive cheer. Poor Trixie was the only one to miss out, as her holiday plans are spoilt by the weather! But there's a panto to put on, and, of course, babies to see to. Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) tried to reunite a family torn apart, and there was a cameo from Eastenders actress Anita Dobson (a huge CTM fan). The show aired on Christmas Day.
Find out everything you need to know about the Christmas special here!