‘Call the Midwife’ Is Back! Where Are the Former Stars Now?

Miranda Hart, Jessica Raine, and Bryony Hannah of 'Call the Midwife'
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Miranda Hart, Jessica Raine, and Bryony Hannah of 'Call the Midwife'

It’s time to get back with the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House. Call the Midwife returns for Season 13 on Sunday, March 17 on PBS. Fans in the U.K. got to see the new season first when it aired on BBC starting January 7, and now it’s American viewers’ turn.

In Season 13, it’s now 1969, and Poplar is coping with the popularity of home births under the auspices of the Sisters. Season 13 will also see stories of poor housing challenges and health issues for the nurses, midwives, and nuns of the Nonnatus House.

The Call the Midwife Season 13 cast features a bunch of returning stars. Here are the characters we’ll see back this season:

Renee Bailey joins the cast as Joyce Highland. As we get ready to greet the Call the Midwife Season 13 cast, where are the show’s alums now? Catch up with 16 of the show’s former stars in the gallery below.

Call the Midwife, Season 13 Premiere, Sunday, March 17, 8/7c, PBS

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Leonie Elliott (Lucille Robinson)

Leonie Elliott left Call the Midwife after Season 12. She hasn’t added any new credits to her resume since her departure, but she did give a reading at the “Royal Carols – Together at Christmas” service at Westminster Abbey on December 8, 2023.

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Fenella Woolgar (Sister Hilda)

Fenella Woolgar left the series after Season 11 in 2022. Since then, she’s been seen as Margaret Thatcher in The Reckoning and Lady Brightlingsea in The Buccaneers.

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Ella Bruccoleri (Sister Frances)

Ella Bruccoleri also left the series after Season 11. She’s appeared in single episodes of several series in the time since as well as a film. Since 2022, she’s been in Polite SocietyExtraordinaryHotel PortofinoAlice & Jack, and The Chelsea Detective.

Jessica Raine
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Jessica Raine (Jenny Lee)

After leaving Midwife in 2014, Raine had weighty roles in TV shows like Wolf Hall, Fortitude, and Informer. And last year, she played Catherine Parr in Starz’s Becoming Elizabeth and starred as social worker Lucy Chambers in Prime Video’s The Devil’s Hour.

Miranda Hart
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Miranda Hart (Chummy Noakes)

Hart, who joined Melissa McCarthy in the 2015 action-comedy film Spy, continues to collaborate with top talent. In 2020, for example, she shared the screen with Anya Taylor-Joy in the Jane Austin adaptation Emma. And in March, she joined other British comedians in the charitable event “Comic Relief: The Truth & Everything Except The Truth.”

Pam Ferris
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Pam Ferris (Sister Evangelina)

Ferris went regal after Call the Midwife, portraying Queen Victoria in the 2018 Will FerrellJohn C. Reillycomedy Holmes & Watson. The following year, she played Mrs. Faulkner in the biopic film Tolkien. And in 2021, she appeared in BBC Two’s Beauty and the Beast: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas.

Bryony Hannah
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Bryony Hannah (Sister Mary Cynthia)

Since leaving Midwife, Hannah has guest starred in a number of British crime shows: Death in Paradise, The Chelsea Detective, and Sister Boniface Mysteries. She also took the role of Alice in the 2021 film The Last Duel.

Ben Caplan
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Ben Caplan (Peter Noakes)

Caplan joined Liam Neeson in the 2018 action film The Commuter, and he has an uncredited role in this year’s biopic film Golda, starring Helen Mirren. On the TV side of things, Caplan has appeared in episodes of Casualty, Silent Witness, and Small Axe.

Dorothy Atkinson
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Dorothy Atkinson (Jane Sutton)

Atkinson starred in the Epix-turned-HBO Max series Pennyworth until its cancellation in November, playing Mary Pennyworth, mother of Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred. Previously, she had series-regular roles in the Hulu period drama Harlots and the BBC Two sitcom Mum.

Emerald Fennell
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Emerald Fennell (Patsy Mount)

Fennell may be the most visible Midwife alum, since she masterminded the second season of the BBC America series Killing Eve and won an Academy Award for writing the 2020 thriller film Promising Young Woman. She also played Camilla Parker Bowles in two seasons of Netflix’s The Crown. She played Midge in Barbie and most recently wrote and directed the salacious hit Saltburn.

Victoria Yeates
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Victoria Yeates (Sister Winifred)

In 2021, Yeates recurred as witch Elizabeth Jackson in Sky One’s A Discovery of Witches. And last year, she appeared on screen as another witch, reprising her role as Bunty Broadacre, assistant to Newt Scamander, in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.

Jack Ashton and Helen George
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Jack Ashton (Tom Hereward)

Since his Midwife exit, Ashton starred in the thriller film Welcome to Curiosity and the horror short Firstand guest-starred in the British TV series McDonald & Dodds, Casualty, and War Gamers. On the personal front, Ashton has two children with Call the Midwife costar Helen George.

Charlotte Ritchie
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Charlotte Ritchie (Barbara Hereward)

Ritchie starred as teacher George Lawson in the Channel 4-turned-Netflix comedy-drama Feel Good. And this year, she starred in the fourth season of the Netflix thriller You, playing art gallery director Kate Galvin.

Kate Lamb

Kate Lamb (Delia Busby)

Lamb has certainly kept busy since her Midwife days: Just last year, she appeared in the British TV series Rules of the Game, Magpie Murders, and Industry. And before that, she popped up in episodes of The Salisbury Poisonings, Roadkill, and Stephen.

Jack Hawkins

Jack Hawkins (Christopher Dockerill)

Since exiting Midwife, Hawkins guest-starred in the ITV detective dramas Endeavour and Midsomer Murders and the HBO Max series Raised by Wolves. He also voiced a character in the 2021 video game Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Jennifer Kirby
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Jennifer Kirby (Valerie Dyer)

Peacock subscribers got to see Kirby recur as guardian teacher Alberta Casey in eight episodes of the fantasy series Vampire Academy. And Kirby also has Endeavour on her filmography: She played Dr. Gillian Nicholls in a 2021 episode of the show.