First peek at new Call the Midwife cast members Linda Bassett and Charlotte Ritchie

The Fresh Meat and Lark Rise to Candleford actors will join the hit BBC1 period drama in series four

With Jenny Lee gone and Cynthia now heading off to the Mother House, it’s time for Nonnatus House to call in some reinforcements. After all, Trixie and Patsy can’t birth all those babies on their own.


Series four will see a couple of new faces arrive in Poplar, ready to button up their cardis and learn to cycle the cobbles. 

Charlotte Ritchie – who you might recognise from roles in Fresh Meat and Siblings – will appear in the first episode of series four as newbie Nurse Barbara Gilbert. Described as naive and chaotic, she’s sure to liven up Nonnatus House. 

Linda Bassett is also poised to join the cast a little later down the line as Nurse Phyllis Crane. Bassett is no stranger to the world of period drama, having starred in Sense and Sensibility and Lark Rise to Candleford so she’s sure to settle in well. Whether her character will be at home with the nuns is another matter entirely… 

Call the Midwife returns soon to BBC1