Poplar is set to welcome a new midwife!
The feel good drama is introducing it’s first black nurse into Series seven, reflecting the influx of Caribbean nurses to the UK during the 1960s. The character is called Lucille and has been described by the show’s creators as, “elegant, funny and clever”.
The lucky actress who has snagged the part is called Leonie Elliott. She’ll make her debut on Call the Midwife in series seven as West Indian nurse Lucille Anderson.
Executive producer Pippa Harris said: “We can’t wait to introduce the audience to our new midwife Lucille, played by the hugely talented and captivating Leonie Elliott.
“From her first audition, Leonie managed to embody the essence of this elegant, intelligent, witty character.
“Lucille is a fantastic addition to the Nonnatus House team and we know she will be warmly welcomed by the nuns and midwives.”
We can’t wait to meet Call the Midwife’s new character! So, when do they start?
The East End drama is known for featuring true-to-period storylines, with its coverage of thalidomide scandal receiving particular praise. Heidi Thomas told the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, “My research is constantly brining up new things. [It] has made me very aware of the contributions made by West Indian and Caribbean nurses to the NHS in the early 1960s. She’s going to bring stories with her, and a different cultural point of view, and that’s very exciting.”
Catching up with London’s East End in 1963, series seven will confront the nurses with everything from leprosy and Huntingdon’s Chorea to tokophobia (fear of pregnancy) and unmarried mothers.
Firstly, Call the Midwife will return to BBC One for a Christmas special. Finally, Series 7 kicks off with a bang with the New Year. If last year’s festive special was anything to go by, we could be in for a real treat this year! So, are you looking forward to the return of the show? Let us know in the comments below!