Call the Midwife’s Series 6 hasn’t disappointed. And to tide you over until the next fix of the hit 60s’ drama, we’ve come up with a list of 11 things you never knew about the Call the Midwife cast. Enjoy!
Chummy once bragged about meeting princesses Margaret and Elizabeth, but it’s not far from the truth as Miranda Hart has royal connections of her own. She’s cousins with Princess Diana! While the connection is a little further down the line – she’s fourth cousins, twice removed – we say that’s still something!
Miranda went to Downe House boarding school in Berkshire, the same school as the Duchess of Cambridge!
Emerald Fennell, who plays Patsy Mount, comes from a fashion-forward family. Her younger sister, Coco Poppy Fennel, is a British fashion designer whose dresses have been worn by Rihanna and Paloma Faith. Her dad, Theo Fennell is an Eton-educated society jeweller… fancy!
Stephen McGann – who plays Dr. Turner – is married to the show’s writer and producer Heidi Thomas. Since they have such as close working relationship, you’d assume he had the inside track on show storylines. However, he had to wait just as long as viewers to find out that his character and Sister Bernadette would end up together!
When Angela Turner was a baby, the character was actually played by a baby boy!
Certain episodes of the show reflect real-life challenges that the cast – or their close relatives – have experienced. Two of Jenny Agutter’s (Sister Julienne) siblings died as infants from cystic fibrosis. Judy Parfitt’s (Sister Monica Joan) late husband Tony Steedman suffered from dementia.
Fans of Call the Midwife dubbed Dr. Turner “The Human Disaster” due to his clumsiness and less than on-trend dress sense. The nickname took on a life of its own when it was referenced in a Radio Times interview.
Helen George (Trixie) is such a big fan of the fifties that she had a fifties themed wedding, tying the not with Oliver Boot in 2012. Describing the day, she told the The Daily Star: “We had a Fifties glam theme and I had my dress specially made, based on an old Dior Fifties circle design with a big full skirt. “Even Oliver has started wearing a Fifties’ style side parting, like a comb-over!”
And that’s not all…
Pam Ferris (Sister Evangelina) also took on midwife-style duties by coming to the aid of a pregnant woman in Children of Men (2006).
In addition to being the show’s narrator, Call the Midwife star Vanessa Redgrave also plays the older Nurse Lee!
Victoria Yeates – aka Sister Winifred – has a musical streak. Speaking to Woman she revealed: “I sing on jingles for my fiancé, who is in a band.”
So what’s favourite from this list of fun facts? Or do you have any of your own you’d like to share? In addition why not let us know which fact about the cast you find most surprising!