Summary

  • Cast changes are common in TV shows and can happen for various reasons, such as pursuing other projects or creative differences.
  • Several beloved characters, including Sister Cynthia and Nurse Patience Mount, left Call the Midwife to focus on their careers and ended up achieving great success.
  • The departure of characters like Matthew Alyward from the show has left fans surprised and eager to know the reasons behind their exits.

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Call the Midwife‘s cast has changed a lot since the show premiered in 2012, with classic characters leaving the show and new names joining the story. During the show’s 12 seasons, the cast of Call the Midwife has been giving award-worthy performances. The beloved medical drama has undergone several cast changes since the period drama premiered on BBC 12 years ago. It is never easy when a favorite character is no longer part of the cast, especially because the cast is usually one of the factors that contribute to making a show successful.

In September 2023, Olly Rix announced that he would not be returning for Call the Midwife season 13. Rix’s character, Matthew Alyward, is set to be written out of the story. Cast members leaving a show frequently happens to happen on TV shows. Characters leave TV shows for several reasons. Sometimes, cast members leave to focus on other projects they are interested in. Other reasons might have to do with creative differences or the cast member’s decision to take a step back so they can focus on other things that are important to them.

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10 Sister Cynthia (Bryony Hannah)

Left The Show After Season 6

Sister Cynthia Miller

Bryony was part of the cast of Call the Midwife from 2012 to 2017. She played the role of Sister Cynthia. Bryony was one of the three actors, including Emerald Fennell and Kate Lamb, who left the show that year. After six seasons of being on Call the Midwife, Bryony felt that the time was right for her to venture into other projects and focus on her theater career (via Radio Times). It turns out the decision to leave Call the Midwife was the right one for Bryony, as she would be nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for The Children’s Hour.

9 Nurse Patience Moun (Emerald Fennell)

Left The Show After Season 6

Emerald Fennell’s character, Nurse Patience Mount, was one of the most beloved characters on the show. Fennell left Call the Midwife in season 6 so that she could focus on her screenwriting career (via Radio Times). Although it was disappointing to see her leave, Fennell ended up accomplishing more things than she would have had she stayed. After Call the Midwife, Fennell won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for her work on Promising Young Woman. She also starred as Camilla Parker Bowles on The Crown.

8 Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliot)

Left The Show After Season 12

Lucille Anderson in Call the Midwife

Olly Rix was not the only character who decided to leave Call the Midwife in 2023. In February 2023, Elliot announced via social media that she would not be returning as Lucille Anderson in Call the Midwife season 13. In her statement, she thanked her fans and creators of the show for supporting her. There is still a possibility that she might return to the show in the future, seeing as her screen husband Cyril, who is played by Zephryn Taitte, is still part of the Call the Midwife cast.

7 Camilla Fortescue-Cholmondeley-Browne (Miranda Hart)

Left The Show After Season 4

Chummy and Baby Raymond in Call the Midwife

Miranda Hart was one of the cast members of Call the Midwife who were part of the show since its inception. The hilarious Hart took on the role of Camilla Fortescue-Cholmondeley-Browne on the show. Hart left Call the Midwife in 2015 so she could have more time to focus on her film career. While Hart enjoyed playing the role of Chummy, she was not able to make her schedule work. She addressed her departure via Twitter, stating “Having shared Chummy’s return to CTM, I’ve not been able to birth (pun) the schedule to make it work.”

6 Nurse Delia Brusby (Kate Lamb)

Left the show after season 6

Nurse Delia Brusby in Call the Midwife

Kate Lamb joined the cast of Call the Midwife in 2015. Her role as Nurse Delia Brusby will always be remembered because her relationship with Nurse Mount was integral to the show’s LGBTQ+ representation. However, after 3 years on the show, Lamb decided that it was time to move on to different projects. She decided to take a break from acting and focus her attention on pursuing other interests. Lamb was one of three actors who left Call the Midwife in 2017 (via Mirror).

5 Nurse Jennifer Le (Jessica Raine)

Left the show after season 3

Jessica Raine’s departure from Call the Midwife hit the show pretty hard, seeing that she was the main protagonist. After playing Nurse Jennifer Lee from season 1 to season 3, Raine decided the time was right for her to pursue new acting projects in the United States. The creators of Call the Midwife addressed Raine’s absence in the show by having Jennifer Lee leave the East End so she could work in the Marie Curie cancer hospital. After her time on Call the Midwife, Raine has starred in several movies and TV shows, including Doctor Who and The Woman in Black.

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4 Nurse Valerie Dyer (Jennifer Kirby)

Left the show after season 9

Nurse Valerie Dyer in Call the Midwife

Jennifer Kirby joined the cast of Call the Midwife in season 6. After starring as Nurse Valerie Dyer for four seasons, Kirby felt that she should move on to other projects. In August 2020, Kirby announced via Twitter that she would no longer be part of the show. In her statement on Twitter, Kirby said “After four joyful years spent with Call the Midwife, I have decided to say goodbye to Nonnatus, Val and the wonderful cast, crew and production team.”

3 Sister Evangelin (Pam Ferris)

Left The Show After Season 5

The incredibly talented Pam Ferris took on the role of the no-nonsense Sister Evangelina on Call the Midwife. After appearing on Call the Midwife for five seasons, Ferris could not handle the hectic schedule that left little time for her personal life (via Daily Express). In the season 5 finale, Sister Evangelina passed away in her sleep after a long battle with health problems. In her interview with Radio Times, Ferris expressed how difficult it was to leave the show, stating, “Making the decision to leave Call the Midwife was a wrench.” Seeing as Ferris’ character was killed off, there is no chance Sister Evangelina will return.

2 PC Peter Noakes (Ben Caplan)

Left The Show After Season 6

Ben Caplan joined the cast of Call the Midwife in 2012. He stayed on as Chummy’s husband, PC Peter Noakes until 2017 when Caplan decided it was time that he looked into playing more diverse roles. In an interview with The Sun, Caplan stated “It’s been lovely to have been there since the beginning, an amazing roller coaster ride, and I’m honored to have been part of the whole journey, but there comes a point six years down the line that, as an actor, it’s good to keep my foot in with the theatre world and exploring other roles,” (via The Sun).

1 Matthew Alyward (Olly Rix)

Left The Show After Season 12

Olly Rix’s announcement that he would not be returning for Call the Midwife season 13 was surprising. Rix made his first appearance on Call the Midwife season 10, where he took on the role of Matthew Alyward. In Call The Midwifes season 12 finale, Alyward married Nurse Trixie Franklin, which is why his departure from the show has left many surprised. So far, the reason for Rix’s departure is still unknown as neither he nor The BBC have given any statements.

Sources: Radio Times, Mirror, Daily Express, The Sun.

  • Call the Midwife TV Poster

    Call the Midwife

    Release Date:
    2012-01-15

    Cast:
    Jenny Agutter, Linda Bassett, Judy Parfitt, Helen George, Laura Main, Leonie Elliot, Stephen McGann, Vanessa Redgrave, Cliff Parisi

    Genres:
    Drama, History

    Seasons:
    12

    Summary:
    Call the Midwife is a period piece drama series on PBS and BBC that follows the lives of Midwives working in London’s East End during the 1950s and 60s. In the show, nurse midwives help mothers give birth and assist with post-care for children in a district stricken with poverty while dealing with their problems and struggles in a tumultuous period. Call the Midwife is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth and additional historical material about the actual lives of midwives.

    Story By:
    Jennifer Worth

    Writers:
    Heidi Thomas

    Network:
    BBC

    Streaming Service(s):
    Netflix

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