Call the Midwife spoilers follow. Providing comfort and escape to another era since its debut in 2012, Call the Midwife is a staple of British television. Inspired by the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, the BBC One drama follows a group of midwives and nuns who are working in the East End of London in the late 1950s. On top of birthing babies and caring for a poverty-stricken community in a post-war world, the women of Nonnatus House must also deal with the pressures of their daily lives and adapt to the changes in the world around them. As the show gears up for its 12th season, we thought we’d reflect on some of the many nurses and nuns who have cycled through the streets of Poplar, and why they decided to leave.
Jennifer Kirby as Nurse Valerie Dyer
After four seasons on the show, Kirby announced she would be departing as Nurse Valerie Dyer in August 2020 to move on to new pastures.Taking to Twitter to announce the news and assure fans that she’d still be tuning in whenever there were new episodes on TV, she wrote: “After four joyful years spend with Call the Midwife, I have decided to say goodbye to Nonnatus, Val and the wonderful cast, crew and production team. “The programme is truly a national treasure, and it will always be a huge honour for me to have been a part of something so wonderful. I can’t wait to keep watching our beloved Nonnatus from the other side of the screen. Long live Call the Midwife. So long, chicks.”
Jessica Raine as Nurse Jenny Lee
The period drama lost one of its most treasured characters in 2014 when Jenny Lee left the East End to begin working in a Marie Curie cancer hospital, and to start a new life with her husband Philip Worth (Stephen Ashfield). Raine reportedly exited the show in order to pursue new acting projects after it propelled her name and career to new heights.