Call the Midwife is back – with plenty more standout performances from the stars of the show.
The BBC drama boasts a massive ensemble cast, including Helen George, Leonie Elliott, Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt and Stephen McGann –and returning for the new season are all the usual suspects. The only person missing is Jennifer Kirby, who quit her role as Nurse Valerie Dyer before filming began for the Christmas special 2020 and season 10.
While the core cast of Call the Midwife stays the same from week to week, each episode brings in a new collection of guest stars. As we head into season 10 (and the year 1966), here are the actors you’ll see on screen – and the characters they play.
Helen George plays Nurse Trixie Franklin
Who is Nurse Trixie Franklin? Trixie is a capable and talented midwife who is now one of the most experienced members of the team. In previous series she has battled alcoholism, and we’ve seen her put in the work to stay sober. She is also extremely fashion-conscious and loves beautiful things.
What else has Helen George been in? Helen George has been with Call the Midwife since day one. Her other TV appearances have included Red Dwarf, Nativity Rocks!, Doctors and Hotel Babylon, and in 2015 she came sixth in Strictly Come Dancing with her pro partner Aljaz Skorjanec. Helen actually also met her partner Jack Ashton when they co-starred in Call the Midwife; he played the Reverend Tom until the end of series seven and they had a daughter, Wren, in 2017.
Leonie Elliott plays Nurse Lucille Anderson
Who is Nurse Lucille Anderson? Originally from Jamaica, Lucille travelled alone to England in 1960 to train as a nurse. After she qualified, she became the first West Indian midwife ever to join Nonnatus House – arriving in the snowy first episode of series seven. Since then she has gained a reputation as a talented, level-headed midwife with a sense of humour and a kind heart – but she has faced racism from some of her patients and their families. Lucille has a strong Christian faith, and a fledgeling courtship with local mechanic Cyril (Zephryn Taitte).
What else has Leonie Elliott been in? Call the Midwife was a breakout role for the young actress, but she’s also appeared in the Black Mirror episode Hated in the Nation and TV movie Killed by My Debt. Leonie Elliott’s other credits include in Casualty, Boogie Man and Damned, and Lenny Henry’s BBC comedy drama Danny and the Human Zoo. As a child actress she appeared on stage in The Lion King and Annie.
Stephen McGann plays Dr Patrick Turner
Who is Dr Patrick Turner? The local GP, who works closely with Nonnatus House. He is devoted to his job and works tirelessly to serve the people of Poplar. Dr Turner is married to Shelagh and has four children.
What else has Stephen McGann been in? Stephen McGann is actually married to Call the Midwife creator and writer Heidi Thomas. He is also the brother of Doctor Who actor Paul McGann, and like his character Dr Turner he is a man of science – having studied for a Masters in Science Communication and written a book, Flesh and Blood, based on the personal and medical history of his family. McGann previously played Sean Reynolds in Emmerdale.
Laura Main plays Shelagh Turner
Who is Shelagh Turner? When we first met her, she was Sister Bernadette – but then she gave up being a nun and left the Order to marry Dr Turner. The Turners now have four children together (adopted and biological), and Shelagh continues to work closely with Nonnatus House; she often steps in to work as a midwife or lend a hand when help is needed.
What else has Laura Main been in? Laura Main’s acting career has mainly been in theatre, after she first starred in a production of The Sound of Music at the age of 11; recently she played Princess Fiona in the UK tour of Shrek The Musical. On TV, she’s played DC Alison Bain in ITV’s Murder City and starred as Rebecca Howlett in TV mini-series The Mill.
Linda Bassett plays Nurse Phyllis Crane
Who is Nurse Phyllis Crane? Nurse Phyllis Crane is a bit of a battleaxe but has a dry wit. She a diligent, dedicated senior midwife who will do what it takes to protect and serve her patients. Phyllis is particularly close to Trixie, and also leads a group of Scouts.
What else has Linda Bassett been in? Linda Basset was nominated for a BAFTA for her performance as Ella Khan in the 1999 film East Is East – a role she reprised in sequel West Is West. Since then, she’s played Malka Rosen in Spies of Warsaw, Queenie in Lark Rise to Candleford, and Mrs Smike in The Life and Adventures of Nick Nickleby. Other credits include The Reader, Calendar Girls, and Sense & Sensibility.
Jenny Agutter plays Sister Julienne
Who is Sister Julienne? The big boss at Nonnatus House. She is highly-respected by her team of midwives, who trust her judgement and guidance. Mother Mildred is her superior, but within Nonnatus House she leads the nuns of the Order.
What else has Jenny Agutter been in? Having begun her career as a child actress in The Railway Children and East of Sudan, Jenny Agutter won an Emmy for her performance in 1971’s The Snow Goose and a BAFTA for 1977 movie Equus. She starred in Logan’s Run, Amy, An American Werewolf in London, and many more – but having quit Hollywood in the 1990s, she moved home to Britain and appeared in The Railway Children again – this time as the mother in a 2000 TV adaptation. Her more recent credits have included Sometimes Always Never (alongside Bill Nighy), Queen of the Desert, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Avengers Assemble.
Judy Parfitt plays Sister Monica Joan
Who is Sister Monica Joan? Sister Monica Joan has been a part of Call the Midwife since she opened the doors of Nonnatus House to welcome us inside for episode one. She was one of the first women to qualify as a midwife in Britain, but is now retired and feeling the effects of dementia. Sister Monica Joan continues to live at Nonnatus House where her former colleagues care for her with love (and sometimes with exasperation). She is distressed by her limitations and by her mental confusion, and needs to feel useful. In season 10, she experiences a spiritual crisis.
What else has Judy Parfitt been in? Judy Parfitt’s BAFTA-nominated performances include Maria Thins in Girl With A Pearl Earring and Mildred Layton in The Jewel In The Crown. The 84-year-old’s more recent credits include Up the Women, The Game, and Little Dorrit – in which she played Mrs Clennam.
Megan Cusack plays Nancy Corrigan
Who is Nancy Corrigan? Pupil midwife Nancy Corrigan comes to train at Nonnatus House as part of her studies. She is Irish, and has been raised by Catholic nuns in an orphanage. Nancy is friendly and chatty, but sometimes she doesn’t read the room.
What else has Megan Cusack been in? This is one of her first on-screen roles, after an appearance in Doctors and a role in a filmed version of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. If you’re wondering if Megan is a member of the famous Cusack acting family, yes she is. Her aunts include Sinead and Niamh Cusack, and her uncle is Jeremy Irons.
Zephryn Taitte plays Cyril Robinson
Who is Cyril Robinson? In series eight, Phyllis hired a mechanic to fix her car – and while working on the car outside Nonnatus House, Cyril first laid eyes on Lucille and fell head-over-heels for her. He is an immigrant from Guyana and spends his evenings studying civil engineering, and likes to enjoy the West Indian social scene. Cyril and Lucille have been enjoying a slow courtship, and she’s encouraged him to find his voice as a preacher.
What else has Zephryn Taitte been in? He played Dorian in the TV series Brothers with No Game, and has also appeared in The Hour and Doctors. Zephryn Taitte’s stage work includes Nora: A Doll’s House, Trust, and The Tempest.
Ella Bruccoleri plays Sister Frances
Who is Sister Frances? Sister Frances was a newcomer to Nonnatus House in season eight alongside Sister Hilda. At that time, this young nun had only just taken her vow of obedience and joined the Order when she was sent to serve God as a midwife in Poplar. Sister Frances was scared and uncertain of herself, but has now begun to gain confidence, and in season 10 she’s really coming into her own.
What else has Ella Bruccoleri been in? The actress has actually already played a nun, in an episode of The Last Kingdom – and she made an appearance as a maid in the TV series Genius.
Fenella Woolgar plays Sister Hilda
Who is Sister Hilda? A relatively recent arrival from the Order’s mother house, who has been sent to Nonnatus House to work as a midwife. She was already familiar with the East End and had been in the WAAF during the war, and she had been a nurse before – so she arrived full of confidence. She had to rein in her bossy tendencies once she arrived in Poplar… nevertheless, Sister Hilda remains a practical, enthusiastic and jolly sort of person.
What else has Fenella Woolgar been in? She recently played Margaret Hamilton in Renée Zellweger’s Judy Garland biopic, Judy – and has appeared in the movies Victoria & Abdul and Mr Jones. Having first caught the public’s attention in in Stephen Fry’s film Bright Young Things back in 2003, she has since starred in Home Fires, Harlots, Mr Turner, Scoop, Vera Drake, and War & Peace. Fenella Woolgar also took on the role of Agatha Christie in Doctor Who.
Georgie Glen plays Miss Higgins
Who is Miss Higgins? Miss Higgins is the receptionist at Dr Turner’s surgery. She is formidable and bossy, but is also kind-hearted. She has slowly bonded with Nurse Phyllis Crane.
What else has Georgie Glen been in? Georgie Glen is one of those actresses whose face has been everywhere. Recently, she’s played Princess Diana’s grandmother Ruth Lady Fermoy in The Crown, as well as playing Lady Grenford in Hetty Feather, Pat in Sally4Ever, Sue in Behind her Eyes, Rose Kennedy in Oscar-nominated movie Jackie, and the Abbess in Les Misérables. She also put in a long stint as Head of History Audrey McFall in Waterloo Road.
Cliff Parisi plays Fred Buckle
Who is Fred Buckle? A handyman-turned-shopkeeper. He is married to Violet, and they’ve now been joined by orphaned young man Reggie, who has Down’s Syndrome. The midwives can always count on Fred for help, no matter what.
What else has Cliff Parisi been in? The actor’s most famous role is as Rick “Minty” Peterson in EastEnders, a role he held for eight years. Since then he’s appeared in Hollyoaks, Midsomer Murders, and Shakespeare & Hathaway. He also starred in 2019’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! (though he didn’t get very far).
Annabelle Apsion plays Violet Buckle
Who is Violet Buckle? Back in series four, Violet – a widow without children of her own – married Fred, and in series six Reggie joined the family. Violet is a dressmaker who has her own shop and is deeply involved in the local community, organising events and festivals and always trying to help out, and now she’s taken things one step further by becoming a Councillor.
What else has Annabelle Apsion been in? The actress starred as Monica Gallagher in Shameless and as Joy Wilton in Soldier Soldier. For Christmas 2018 she was on TV as Betty Calloway in Torvill & Dean, and in recent years she’s appeared in The Village, Holby City, The Halcyon, Father Brown, and Doc Martin.
Daniel Laurie plays Reggie Jackson
Who is Reggie Jackson? Reggie’s first appearance in Call the Midwife came in series six. His mother had recently died, leaving him orphaned, and the nuns and the community stepped in to help him. He has Down’s Syndrome, and is now the ward of Fred and Violet Buckle; together they are a loving and affectionate family. In the Christmas special 2020, he becomes fascinated by Percival’s Circus.
What else has Daniel Laurie been in? Recently he’s played Sheemie in The Dark Tower, Adam Beecher in Vera, and Zach in Finding Alice (alongside Keeley Hawes). In the TV series Back in 2016, he played the role of Jamie in the TV series Stella, and two years before that he led the cast of the Radio 4 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Barnaby Rudge.
Miriam Margolyes plays Mother Mildred
Who is Mother Mildred? Initially described as “a forthright and indefatigable sister from the Order,” Sister Mildred became Mother Mildred when she was chosen by the nuns as their new Mother Superior (leaving Sister Julienne extremely relieved to escape back to Poplar without having to take on the top job). Since arriving back from Hong Kong in the 2018 Christmas special, Mother Mildred has made sporadic and memorable appearances; she has a big personality and a sense of humour, and is also extremely chatty. She didn’t appear in the Christmas special 2020, but she remains part of the show.
What else has Miriam Margolyes been in? Many people will recognise her first and foremost as Professor Sprout from the Harry Potter movies – the Professor of Herbology and Head of Hufflepuff House. Miriam Margolyes won a Bafta for her role in The Age of Innocence (1993), and has also starred in Bucket, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Trollied, Rake, and Bottersnikes & Gumbles. She was also the Nurse in Romeo + Juliet (with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes).
Alice Brown plays Angela Turner
Who is Angela Turner? Patrick and Shelagh Turner’s daughter. She was adopted as a baby in series four, gaining an older brother in Timothy Turner (Max Macmillan); since then, the family has expanded to include a new baby brother and another adopted sister, May.
What else has Alice Brown been in? Alice has been playing little Angela Turner since she was only eight months old. Back on series six, Alice’s dad told Radio Times how she ended up involved: “Annabel, my wife, just knew someone on the production and Alice’s arrival coincided with the storyline. It simply started from there.” He added: “Do I now have any interest in her being a child actor in any other way? Zero interest. To be honest, we will simply enjoy playing the episodes back to her when she is older, and embarrassing her on her wedding day, and of course she now has quite a nice nest egg in her savings account.”
April Rae Hoang plays May
Who is May? May Tang first arrived in the 2018 Christmas special, in the arms of Miriam Margolyes’ Mother Mildred who turned up at Nonnatus House with a group of Chinese child refugees who’d been sent to the UK for adoption. Sadly, May’s placement fell through and her family weren’t able to collect her – leaving Patrick and Shelagh Turner to take her in as a foster child. They then decided to adopt her as their daughter, although in series nine there was an unexpected development when her biological mother re-emerged and refused to sign away her parental rights; the adoption has yet to be finalised. May is best friends with her sister, Angela, who is about the same age.
What else has April Rae Hoang been in? Call the Midwife is her first on-screen appearance.
Max Macmillan plays Timothy Turner
Who is Timothy Turner? The only child of Patrick Turner and his late wife. Since his father remarried Shelagh, he’s gained three younger siblings: Angela, May, and Teddy. Timothy is currently away at boarding school, so he doesn’t appear much in series nine.
What else has Max Macmillan been in? The young actor is a long-time star of Call the Midwife, having first appeared in the 2012 Christmas special. Aside from this role, he has played Peter Stemp in 2019 movie The Song of Names.
Call the Midwife – season 10 guest stars
Who are the pupil midwives?
- Megan Cusack plays pupil midwife Nancy Corrigan
- Karene Peter plays pupil midwife Georgette Bains
- Scarlett Courtney plays pupil midwife Janice Cowan
- Rebecca Tebbett plays pupil midwife Alison Hopkiss
Olly Rix plays Matthew Aylward
Who is Matthew Aylward? A guest star who makes several appearances in season 10. In the first episode, his wife Fiona Awylward gave birth at the Lady Emily Clinic. Trixie encouraged Matthew to be more involved in the childbirth process, and to bond with his newborn son. In the second episode (spoiler alert!), Fiona was tragically diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, and died shortly afterwards. Newly-widowed Matthew returns again in episode four, when he invites Trixie to the baby’s christening – and in episode five, when he calls her for help – and in episode six, when he makes an unexpected visit to Nonnatus House.
What else has Olly Rix been in? Olly Rix starred as Edward Stafford in The Spanish Princess, and as Bones in Our Girl. He was DI Harry Sawyer in WPC 56, David in Of Kings and Prophets, Navas in The Musketeers and Cartwright in Death Comes to Pemberley.
Scarlett Brookes plays Doreen Norris (episode 7)
Who is Doreen Norris? A heavily-pregnant woman who has just gone into labour. She lives in Lisbon Buildings, in slum conditions – surrounded by cockroaches and vermin, with damp walls and an irregular water supply. Sister Frances and Nurse Franklin reach a breaking point when they see the conditions she is living in.
What else has Scarlett Brookes been in? Screen credits include The Feed, Farming, Kiri, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, The Scandalous Lady W, and Misfits. She’s also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Charlotte Hamblin plays Sylvia Potts (episode 7)
Who is Sylvia Potts? Sylvia desperately wants a child, having been married for many years without being able to conceive. She and her husband will soon be adopting her older sister’s baby after it’s born, and they can’t wait.
What else has Charlotte Hamblin been in? She’s made appearances in Downton Abbey (as Lady Anne Acland), McMafia, The Alienist, and The Stand Up Sketch Show. On the stage, her performance in Miss Julie (in the title role) was highly praised.
Madeleine Worrall plays Blanche Dellow (episode 7)
Who is Blanche Dellow? Sylvia’s older sister. She is 42, and already has three girls, who are a fair bit older; this latest pregnancy came as a total surprise. However, she is delighted to be able to offer Sylvia a chance to be a mother via adoption.
What else has Madeleine Worrall been in? She’s been in The Legend of Tarzan (as Kala), The Huntsman: Winter’s War (as Eric’s Mother), Paddington (as Agatha Clyde), and Endeavour (as Mrs Seymour). Madeleine Worrall also starred as Jane Eyre in a production by the National Theatre, and as Cinderella in Stephen Fry’s panto at the Old Vic.
Michael Begley plays Walter Dellow (episode 7)
Who is Walter Dellow? Blanche’s husband. According to her, he went grey when he found out she was pregnant again. But he does his best to be supportive of his wife and family.
What else has Michael Begley been in? The actor has made appearances in Doctors, Doctor Who, Two Weeks to Live, The A Word, Vera, and City Central.
Aysha Kala plays Sarita Gupta (episode 6)
Who is Sarita Gupta? A heavily pregnant woman who is deeply fearful of seeing midwives and doctors. She experienced terrible things during the Partition of India when she was a child, which has left her traumatised – especially now she is expecting a child of her own.
What else has Aysha Kala been in? She played Sita Desai in Shameless, and Sooni in Indian Summers. She’ll also appear in Netflix’s Master of None season three, playing Reshmi. Her theatre credits include The Welkin at the National Theatre, and Djinns of Eidgah at the Royal Court.
Harki Bhambra plays Raju Gupta (episode 6)
Who is Raju Gupta? Sarita’s husband. He adores her, but is desperate for her to get some help.
What else has Harki Bhambra been in? Harki Bhambra starred as Rab in Our Girl, and recently played Ajay Dewan in Coronation Street. His other credits include Two Doors Down, Endeavour, Flack, Vera, and Doctor Who – in which he played Mike in 2015 episode The Magician’s Apprentice.
Rebecca Lee plays Cherry Watson (episode 6)
Who is Cherry Watson? A local mother-of-four who lives in poverty with an abusive husband. The family home is cramped and dilapidated. When she realises she is pregnant again, she is at the end of her rope.
What else has Rebecca Lee been in? She went to Guildhall Drama School, and this is one of her first TV roles aside from a small part in the TV movie Babs. On the stage, she’s been in productions of Jerusalem, Twelfth Night, Small Island, Romeo and Juliet, and The First Man.
David Burnett plays Peter Watson (episode 6)
Who is Peter Watson? Cherry’s husband. He is violent and cruel, but his occasional tender moments make her believe he loves her.
What else has David Burnett been in? He starred as Joseph in the ITV period drama Victoria, and has also been seen in Manhunt, 1Life, The Mummy, and Endeavour. On the stage, he’s been in Macbeth, The Point of It, and several Royal Shakespeare Company productions including Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra.
Paula Lane plays Vera Sands (episode 5)
Who is Vera Sands? Vera is expecting her second child, and she can’t wait. However, she is in denial about the health of her older daughter Elaine Sands (Charlotte Alcock), who has not developed as expected.
What else has Paula Lane been in? She starred as Kylie Platt in Coronation Street from 2010 to 2016.
Daniel Easton plays George Sands (episode 5)
Who is George Sands? Vera’s husband, who is a loving father to Elaine.
What else has Daniel Easton been in? He’s appeared in Doctors, The Ones Below, and Atlantis – as well as many theatre productions.
Molly Jenkins plays Jeanette Owen (episode 5)
Who is Jeanette Owen? A pregnant 16-year-old. Jeanette is bright and academic, and she is about to start Sixth Form; the plan is for her to give the baby up for adoption.
What else has Molly Jenkins been in? The young actress voiced “The Doll” in Hollyoaks.
Julia Haworth plays Doris Owen (episode 5)
Who is Doris Owen? Jeanette’s mother, who is calling the shots. Mrs Owen is determined that her daughter’s pregnancy will not affect her plans to go to university.
What else has Julia Haworth been in? She is best known for playing Claire Peacock in Coronation Street, and she’s also been Jenny Oulton in Merseybeat and Julie Pullen in Peak Practice. More recently, credits have included Laura Wade in Doctors and Becky Thrower in The Bay.
Jake Simmance plays Glen Witton (episode 5)
Who is Glen Witton? Jeanette’s boyfriend – and an old friend of Timothy Turner’s from Cubs.
What else has Jake Simmance been in? Having just graduated from theatre school, he’s got an upcoming role in Netflix’s Anatomy of a Scandal.
Lizzie Aaryan-Stanton plays Beryl Greaney (episode 4)
Who is Beryl Greaney? Beryl is expecting her second child, but she’s very nervous as she had a difficult birth the first time round. She finds Nancy Corrigan’s bedside manner alarming.
What else has Lizzie Aaryan-Stanton been in? She’s appeared in Doctors, The Good Neighbour and Book of Monsters.
Jack Archer plays Michael Leeks (episode 4)
Who is Michael Leeks? A young man from Poplar, who has been working at a fancy hotel called The Parthenon on the other side of town. He is home to see his parents, but something is troubling him at the base of his spine – and he is hiding a big secret.
What else has Jack Archer been in? He starred as Jamie Marshbrook in season two of ITV’s The Bay and played Joseph in The Haunting of Alice Bowles.
Rebecca Lacey plays Rita Leeks (episode 4)
Who is Rita Leeks? Michael’s mother. She’s incredibly proud of her son and his success.
What else has Rebecca Lacey been in? Back in the 90s, she starred as Georgina “George” Woodman in Casualty. More recently, she’s been in Doc Martin, A Discovery of Witches, Endeavour, Rellik, Doctors, Chalet Girl and New Tricks.
Michael Gould plays Godfrey Leeks (episode 4)
Who is Godfrey Leeks? Michael’s father, who is also a proud dad.
What else has Michael Gould been in? On the big screen, he’s been in Darkest Hour (as Lord Londonderry) and Rogue One (as Admiral Gorin). Small screen credits include Black Earth Rising, Manhunt, There She Goes, Man Down and The Bletchley Circle.
Jenny Walser plays Louise Wrigley (episode 3)
Who is Louise Wrigley? A young woman with a range of puzzling symptoms, who comes to the clinic in distress. We interviewed Fenella Woolgar, who plays Sister Hilda, about the Louise Wrigley mental health storyline.
What else has Jenny Walser been in? This is the young actress’s on-screen debut. On the stage, she has performed with the National Youth Theatre.
Tom Morley plays Rev Raymond Spragg (episode 3)
Who is Rev Raymond Spragg? A clergyman who makes a brief stay at Nonnatus House, at the request of the Mother House.
What else has Tom Morley been in? You may remember him as Doddy from Succession, or as Cadet Brujon from The Musketeers. Other credits include Grantchester, Humans, Downton Abbey, Red Sparrow and Father Brown.
David Acton plays Mr Armitage (episode 3)
Who is Mr Armitage? A doctor at the hospital. Shelagh finds him rude and dismissive, as he fails to listen to her or to his patients.
What else has David Acton been in? Credits include Shakespeare & Hathaway, Downton Abbey (as a doctor), Hollyoaks (as a doctor), and Doctors. And in Call the Midwife he’s playing… a doctor. On the stage, he’s an experienced Shakespearean actor.
Sandra Marvin plays Pat Williams (episode 3)
Who is Pat Williams? An expectant mother who has put on a great deal of weight during her pregnancy. Lucille and Shelagh think there may be more to her story than overeating.
What else has Sandra Marvin been in? Sandra Marvin starred in Emmerdale from 2017 to 2019, playing Jessie Dingle. She has also been in Citizen Khan.
Dempsey Bovell plays Antony Williams (episode 3)
Who is Antony Williams? Pat’s husband.
What else has Dempsey Bovell been in? The actor played Matthew in The Deceived, and was an Imperial Clerk in Solo: A Star Wars Story. He has also made appearances in Bridgerton, The Witches and Enola Holmes.
Richard Dillane plays Mr Scarisbrick (episode 1-2)
Who is Mr Scarisbrick? The boss of a private clinic in Chelsea called the Lady Emily. Nurse Trixie is asked to go along and work there for six weeks. Helen George explains: “Her task is to observe exactly how their systems work and how their midwifery functions. Delivery at the Lady Emily Clinic is a more doctor-led process. The thought is that Nonnatus House will rent out midwives and nuns to the Lady Emily to help out with the deliveries and to staff the practice. In return, they’ll get paid, and Nonnatus House will be saved. But we’ll have to wait for episode two to find out if it goes well or not!”
What else has Richard Dillane been in? Having started out as Sergeant Brad Connor in Soldier Soldier back in 1995, Richard Dillane has racked up a lot of TV credits – including Casualty (with a stint as Sean Anderson), Wold Hall (as the Duke of Suffolk), The White Princess (as Sir Thomas Stanley), The Last Post (as Harvey Tilbrook), Outlander (as Captain Raines), The Last Kingdom (as Ludeca), Peaky Blinders (as General Curran), Doctor Who (as Carter) and Young Wallander (as Hemberg). On the big screen, he’s been in Argo, Oranges and Sunshine, and The Dark Knight.
Jo Herbert plays Fiona Aylward (episode 1-2)
Who is Fiona Aylward? A patient at the Lady Emily Clinic. She is expecting her first child, and has just given up her job in advertising.
What else has Jo Herbert been in? She’s starred as Emma Finch in Unforgotten, and as Annie Carter in Home Fires. Jo Herbert also played Mary Charteris in The Crown, and she’s a prolific stage actress.
Lisa O’Connor plays Jacinta O’Malley (episode 2)
Who is Jacinta O’Malley? A mother, who is pregnant again – but who would rather not be.
What else has Lisa O’Connor been in? This is her first on-screen role.
Killian Coyle plays Dessy O’Malley (episode 2)
Who is Dessy O’Malley? Jacinta’s husband, who is away at sea.
What else has Killian Coyle been in? Credits include Dublin Murders, Normal People, Krypton and Finding Joy.
Ashley Campbell plays Mr Clarke (episode 2)
Who is Mr Clarke? An immigrant who came to the UK for a better life, but who has now fallen on hard times. After the Clarke family are evicted, Cyril and the local West Indian church do their best to take care of them.
What else has Ashley Campbell been in? He played Ollie in CBBC’s The Mysti Show, and has since appeared in Hollyoaks, Father Brown, Bridgerton and Doctors.
Teri Ann Bobb-Baxter plays Mrs Clarke (episode 2)
Who is Mrs Clarke? Mrs Clarke and her husband Mr Clarke have a young family, including a newborn baby. But they have fallen on hard times.
What else has Teri Ann Bobb-Baxter been in? She appeared in Bridgerton, playing a midwife – and in Clink, playing Idara Adoti.
Kathryn Wilder plays Audrey Fleming (episode 1)
Who is Audrey Fleming? After years of trying, Audrey and her husband are expecting their first baby – and they couldn’t be more excited. Even better, Audrey’s friend and next-door neighbour Glenys is pregnant at the same time.
What else has Kathryn Wilder been in? She played Chaulk in the TV series Frontier, and has also appeared in Adulting, and Murder on the Orient Express. On stage, she’s been in Kenneth Branagh’s productions of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and The Winter’s Tale – and in his 2018 movie All Is True.
Jack Colgrave Hirst plays Derek Fleming (episode 1)
Who is Derek Fleming? Audrey’s husband, and a very excited father-to-be.
What else has Jack Colgrave Hirst been in? You’re most likely to know him from The Terror, in which he played Thomas Hartnell, or Liar season 2, in which he played Greg Maxwell. He previously starred alongside his on-screen wife from Call the Midwife (Kathryn Wilder, see above), playing Tom Quiney in All Is True –as well as appearing in several Kenneth Branagh-directed Shakespeare productions.
Kieran Hill plays Bobby Delamore (episode 1)
Who is Bobby Delamore? Derek’s friend. They previously did National Service together.
What else has Kieran Hill been in? Credits include Heart of Darkness, Lee and Dean, Rosamunde Pilcher, Drifters, and Nothing to Declare.
Sarah Twomey plays Glenys Winch (episode 1)
Who is Glenys Winch? A mother of twins, with another one on the way. She’s delighted to be going through pregnancy at the same time as her friend and neighbour, Audrey.
What else has Sarah Twomey been in? The actress made an appearance in Kate & Koji, but is better known for her stage work – including with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
James Bailey plays Phil Winch (episode 1)
Who is Phil Winch? Glenys’s husband.
What else has James Bailey been in? The actor has been in Days of Our Lives, Help! I’m Alice, and Muzo.
Peter Davison plays ringmaster Mr Percival (Christmas 2020)
Who is Mr Percival? The owner of Percival’s Circus, which is visiting Poplar this year for Christmas – much to everyone’s excitement. The circus is his life’s work.
What else has Peter Davison been in? The actor is known for playing the Fifth Doctor in Doctor Who, and for starring as Tristan Farnon in the original BBC adaptation of All Creatures Great and Small. Recently, you may have seen him as Denis in Liar, William Priestley in Gentleman Jack, or Henry in the TV mini-series Life. His other credits include A Very Peculiar Practice, Campion, At Home with the Braithwaites, and Law & Order: UK.
Lizzy Watts plays Jaquetta Percival (Christmas 2020)
Who is Jaquetta Percival? The friendly, funny grown-up daughter of Mr Percival – who also, when she’s not pregnant, performs as an acrobat. Jaquetta works for the circus and travels from place to place with her husband and children.
What else has Lizzy Watts been in? She played Nancy in the first season of The Durrells, and has also been in Masters of Love, Endeavour, and Doctors.
Katie Lyons plays Gloria Venables (Christmas special 2020)
Who is Gloria Venables? This former Call the Midwife guest star returns in the Christmas special, having first appeared in series six. Shelagh Turner (Laura Main) and Gloria previously bonded when they were both pregnant, and were both hospitalised over fears of a miscarriage; but while Shelagh went on to give birth to baby Teddy, Gloria tragically lost her pregnancy. However, after several more miscarriages, Gloria has now almost carried a pregnancy to term – and she is filled with anxiety about something going wrong. But at least she has Shelagh to lean on for support.
What else has Katie Lyons been in? Katie Lyons played DS Jo Brunt in Manhunt, and has also been seen in Trust Me, Maigret Sets a Trap, Bluestone 42, and Green Wing.
Call the Midwife – former cast members
Jennifer Kirby plays Nurse Valerie Dyer (seasons 6-9)
Who is Nurse Valerie Dyer? Val Dyer is a native of Poplar who grew up in the area and knows the East End well. She previously served in the army as a nurse, before returning home to work as a barmaid and then as a midwife. In series eight, Val had a traumatic experience when she discovered that the her own grandmother Elsie Dyer (Ann Mitchell) was the illegal abortionist operating in the area, and in season nine her grandmother became ill in prison – ultimately dying at home.
What else has Jennifer Kirby been in? Val in Call the Midwife has been one of Jennifer Kirby’s first on-screen roles, but she also had an impressive stage career with the Royal Shakespeare Company before joining the drama.
Ann Mitchell plays Val’s gran Elsie Dyer (season 8-9)
Who is Elsie Dyer? Nurse Valerie Dyer’s beloved grandmother. In series eight, Val discovered that Elsie was the illegal abortionist who’d been operating in Poplar – and she had to make the agonising decision to turn her in to the police. Elsie is now serving a jail sentence behind bars, but she still loves her granddaughter and is desperate for her to visit.
What else has Ann Mitchell been in? The actress plays the outspoken Cora Cross in EastEnders. She first rose to fame in the 1980s as Dolly Rawlins in the crime series Widows. In 2018 she made a cameo as another character in Steve McQueen’s film version, and the following year she played Gwen in the comedy Year of the Rabbit.
Nicky Goldie plays Aunt Flo (season 8-9)
Who is Aunt Flo? No, not that Aunt Flo – we’re not talking euphemistically about menstruation. This Aunt Flo is Val Dyer’s relative, and she was involved in the abortion business with Val’s grandma Elsie Dyer.
What else has Nicky Goldie been in? The actress recently popped up as Mrs Coppins in Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse. She’s also been in The League of Gentlemen, Coronation Street, The Bill, and Doctors.
Lee Armstrong plays Dr Kevin McNulty (season 9)
Who is Dr Kevin McNulty? A junior doctor from a humble background. He is conscientious and studious, and has had to work hard to get where he is. Kevin is mainly shadowing Nurse Val Dyer. Having impressed Dr Turner, he has been invited back to work at the GP’s surgery.
What else has Lee Armstrong been in? The actor played a Grenadier in Dunkirk and has also appeared in Coronation Street, Doctors, Endeavour, and Midsomer Murders. On the stage he’s starred in The Odyssey, and played lead character Albert Narracott in War Horse at the National Theatre.
Juliet Oldfield plays Maureen (season 8-9)
Who is Maureen? Nurse Valerie Dyer’s cousin. We first met her in series eight, but since then family relations have become fraught as Val helped send their granny to jail for operating as an illegal abortionist.
What else has Juliet Oldfield been in? She recently starred as Shelley Imms in the TV series Critical, alongside Lennie James. Other TV roles include Camilla in Top Boy and Claire Bolt in Silent Witness, while film credits include The Hooligan Factory, The Marker, and The Knot.
Yennis Cheung plays Esther Tang (season 9)
Who is Esther Tang? May’s birth mother. She had a drug addiction and repeatedly left her daughter at the orphanage; she was presumed to have died, and May was put up for adoption.
Trevor Cooper plays Sergeant Aubrey Woolf (season 7-9)
Who is Sergeant Woolf? Law-enforcer Sergeant Woolf first turned up in the 2017 Christmas special – where he clashed with Nurse Crane, but also became her most ardent admirer. Although she didn’t reciprocate his attentions, Sergeant Aubrey Woolf found a new love interest in series eight and began a relationship with Miss Millicent Higgins. That budding relationship came to a sad end when his health failed, and he had to move away to stay with a relative.
What else has Trevor Cooper been in? Trevor Cooper was a big hit as Len Clifton in the BBC Three comedy This Country. The series is written and created by his niece Daisy and nephew Charlie Cooper and also stars his brother Paul, so it’s a real family affair. His other credits include Doctor Who, Outnumbered and Inside No 9.
Call the Midwife continues on Sundays at 8pm on BBC One. Take a look at our TV Guide to find out what else is on.