Call the Midwife: Helen George recalls early days on the show
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Laura Main, 40, admits she would love for Pam Ferris to rejoin the cast of Call The Midwife, despite it not being possible. Her character Sister Evangelina, passed away following a second stroke in the season five finale, devastating her fellow Sisters, nurses, and the community.
I miss her!
In a recent interview Laura, who plays Nurse Shelagh Turner in the show, revealed Pam looked out for the team and has continued admiration for her as an actress and friend.
When asked what former cast member she would love to bring back, she smiled and said: “Well, we can’t have Sister Evangelina back, but to be in Pam Ferris’ company again would be really lovely.
“I miss her. She, Judy [Parfitt] and Jenny [Agutter] really set the tone as to how we operate as a team.”
She added: “And Pam really did look out for all of us. I have such admiration for her.
“So if Pam was able to be back on set, that’d be amazing.”
The show has been a staple in Laura’s career, celebrating 10 years on-air.
“It’s total job satisfaction!” she exclaimed.
“It’s made by such a nice bunch of people and everyone who comes on to play a guest role says what a nice time they have. I still want to be a part of that.”
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The Scottish actress joined the show at the very beginning, and revealed there’s something special about being there from the start.
“I don’t know if I’ll have an experience that can match this ever again and I can’t imagine wanting anything more as an actor,” she told Radio Times.
“Moving forward a year with each series means that it’s always being re-energised.”
Ahead of series 10, Laura had been surprising fans with behind the scenes photographs from each season over the past 10 years on her Instagram page.
The last photo sees the actress standing in costume as Shelagh on the steps of Nonnatus House, as they were about to start filming.
Laura said she was “so happy that the Covid protocols were working and that we were continuing” and added that she felt “really lucky to have been working during this time”.
Like many of productions cross the UK, the latest instalment had been delayed due to the pandemic, as Laura apologised for the wait.
“I know the series is out a little later than normal,” she said, “And sorry to those in other counties that have longer still to wait.”
Fans are delighted to hear that BBC had commissioned Call The Midwife for a further three series.
Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, said: “The enduring popularity of Call The Midwife is a testament to the extraordinary love and creativity from its creator Heidi Thomas and its producers Pippa Harris and Ann Tricklebank.
“We are delighted to have secured the future of Call The Midwife, and look forward to enjoying more adventures for the inhabitants of Nonnatus House for years to come.”
Laura’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.
Call The Midwife continues tonight at 8pm on BBC.
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