Fresh Meat’s Charlotte Ritchie is swapping life as a privileged university student for the poverty-stricken East End of London.
That’s right, the 24-year-old star, who plays Oregon in the Channel 4 comedy, is joining the cast of Call the Midwife, as Nurse Barbara Gilbert.
And while she might be Nonnatus House’ newest recruit, Ritchie is already a big fan of the hit BBC1 drama.
RadioTimes.com sat down with the actress a few weeks ago and she revealed just how much she loved Poplar’s midwives, saying: “Call the Midwife. Oh my god… it kills me. I cry at least three times. I love that stuff.”
Asked whether she’d like to move from comedy to serious drama, Ritchie replied: “It’s a really well-trodden path – and it’s my ideal path.”
“I think it’s much easier to make the transition from comedy to serious, because comedy can be serious, and you need both things. Whereas if you’re seen as a straight actor, you never get the chance to be funny – you never get the chance for anyone to see that you’ve got a funny bone.”
We then asked whether she’d like to follow in the footsteps of Miranda Hart and bag a role in Call the Midwife. “I would really, really like to be a part of that show,” replied Ritchie.
So we reckon she’s pretty chuffed about her new role…
Call the Midwife will return for a Christmas special later this year and an 8-part series in 2015.
Ritchie is also set to star in upcoming BBC3 comedy Siblings.
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