Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes has joined the cast of Call the Midwife as Sister Mildred, a “forthright and indefatigable sister from the Order” who will appear in the Christmas special and in the first episode of series eight as a guest star.
She’s not the only newcomer, because two more midwifes have arrived at Nonnatus House to make up for diminished numbers. Fenella Woolgar will play Sister Hilda, and Ella Bruccoleri will play Sister Frances.
The final addition to the cast is Georgie Glen, who will appear as the “redoubtable” Miss Higgins – the new receptionist at Dr Turner’s surgery.
So which familiar faces are coming back for series eight?
The Call the Midwife team has confirmed the return of Helen George as Nurse Trixie Franklin, announcing: “We’re delighted to confirm that our Trixie is back where she belongs for Christmas and the forthcoming series.”
Trixie was absent from much of the previous series as she sought recovery from her alcoholism (and as Helen George gave birth to her own child), but fans can look forward to seeing her back on the job.
Also returning are:
Leonie Elliott as Nurse Lucille Anderson
Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valerie Dyer
Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne
Laura Main as Shelagh Turner
Stephen McGann as Dr Patrick Turner
Max MacMillan as Timothy Turner
Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis Crane
Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan
Victoria Yeates as Sister Winifred
Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle
Annabelle Apison as Violet Buckle
Daniel Laurie as Reggie Jackson
Trevor Cooper as Sergeant Woolf
What will happen in the Call the Midwife Christmas special?
The arrival of Sister Mildred (Miriam Margolyes) at Nonnatus House comes with another surprise – as she brings with her four Chinese orphans.
The child refugees who accompany her had fled China and were found abandoned in Hong Kong. They are being adopted in the UK as part of the World Refugee Project, and their unexpected visit to Poplar brings joy and chaos in equal measure.
As the BBC has revealed, “the Christmas special also sees Trixie return to Poplar just in time to cover for the Sisters as they leave for the Mother House. The Order’s Mother Superior has been taken ill and a new spiritual leader needs to be elected. It soon becomes clear, much to Sister Julienne’s horror, that she is the favoured candidate to take over…”
What will happen in series 8 of Call the Midwife?
Behind the scenes on Call the Midwife series 8: Sixties summertime!Hello all!We just love this pic of Leonie Elliott…
Series eight then moves into the spring of 1964. Anticipation is building for a new royal baby, and community-minded Violet is holding a Teddy Bears’ Picnic and raising funds through a competition on whether the Queen will have a boy or a girl.
With the addition of the two new Sisters and the return of Trixie, Nonnatus House “feels full once more”. But when the midwives are introduced to their new midwifery bags, old Sister Monica Joan becomes distressed as her dementia takes a turn for the worse.
Creator Heidi Thomas said: “It is an immense privilege to be starting work on series eight of Call The Midwife, and we can’t wait to share the events of 1964 with our loyal and passionate audience.
“People often ask me how we can keep coming back year after year, but the answer is simple – we never run out of stories, and we never run out of love.”
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