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Everything you need to know about Stephen McGann

Yourscall the midwife
Everything you need to know about Stephen McGann
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Stephen McGann is a British actor, author and science communicator who has starred in numerous TV series including Catherine the Great, Milk and the Hanging Gale with his brothers! Here's what you need to know about Stephen's role as Dr Turner in Call the Midwife.  

Stephen McGann talks of a Call the Midwife film

As if we can’t get enough of Call the Midwife, Stephen McGann, aka Dr Turner, has teased us with the exciting prospect of a Call the Midwife film. Speaking on This Morning last week, the 56-year-old actor raised the topic of a possible film, mentioning how fans are keen for Call the Midwife to hit the big screen.

He explained: "People are starting to talk about a film. The first answer to that was, anyone who wants to come along and make me a film star, they could come along.

"As long as it is kind of 'Doctor Turner: The Movie' it will be fine. They can come in for a little part around me that will be fine."

Being married to the shows writer, Heidi Thomas, Stephen should be the first to know if there’s any exciting plans to write a film script, but he revealed that the couple are very good at keeping private when it comes to their professional work, insisting that he doesn’t interfere with the writing process whilst Heidi refrains from commenting on his acting.

He said: "We have a certain unspoken thing. I don't look over her shoulder as she writes. She doesn't look at the way I do lines or whatever.

"There's only one thing we share. And that's when I get the script with everybody else and then she gets really nervous because she knows I am reading the script for the first time. She hangs around outside the bedroom door.

"And there was one brilliant moment where I came out of the bedroom. She wants to know if I laugh at the funny bits, cry at the sad bits. And I came out tears streaming down my face one day and she was chuffed!"

Stephen McGann in Call the Midwife

Dr Patrick Turner, played by Stephen McGann is a GP who works closely with the midwives of Nonnatus House in Call the Midwife. He has been a cast member since the first season in 2012. After suffering from a mental breakdown after WWII in 1945, and losing his wife in 1957, Doctor Turner married Sister Bernadette and the two went on to adopt a daughter together.

Does Stephen McGann have a wife? 

Yes – he is actually married to the screenwriter and Call the Midwife Creator Heidi Thomas. He recently revealed that Heidi tests out her scripts on him at home - if he sheds a tear, she knows she's written a good episode! 

"I read them in the bedroom and she waits outside to hear what I think," he told the TV Times. "Once I came out in tears, saying 'how could you?!' She said, 'Excellent, that's what I wanted!'"

Stephen McGann with his wife and creator of Call the Midwife, Heidi Thomas

Stephen McGann with his wife and creator of Call the Midwife, Heidi Thomas

Does Stephan McGann have any siblings? 

Stephen has three brothers who also act. Joe McGann, Mark McGann and Paul McGann. Perhaps the most famous brother, Paul, has starred in many TV shows and films, including Agatha Christie’s Marple, The Musketeers, Holby City and Doctor Who. 

Has Stephen McGann written a book?

Stephen has recently published ‘Flesh and Blood: A History of My Family in Seven Sicknesses’. The book explores how various diseases in history have moulded him as a person.

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How old is Stephen McGann? 

Stephen was born in 1963 making him 54. 

Does Stephen McGann have any children? 

Stephen and his wife Heidi have one son, Dominic, aged 17. 

What has Stephen McGann been in? 

As well as starring in the West End musicals, Blood Brothers and Footloose, Stephen has also been in The Hanging Gale, The Strauss Dynasty and Emmerdale. 

Who did Stephen McGann play in Emmerdale? 

From 1999 – 2002, Stephen played haulage boss Sean Reynolds. His time in the Dales came to an end after his character, Sean, got a new job in Chester. 

Stephen in Emmerdale as Sean Reynolds having an affair with Tara Thornfield

Stephen in Emmerdale as Sean Reynolds having an affair with Tara Thornfield

How tall is Stephen McGann? 

He stands at 5’11.

Where is Stephen McGann from? 

He was born in Kensington, Liverpool.