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Call the Midwife’s Helen George’s life offscreen: from Strictly Come Dancing split to rare pregnancy illness

It is impossible to think about BBC’s Call the Midwife without Helen George. Her character Trixie, the most glamourous nurse in Poplar, has been an integral part of the show since its first season and very quickly became a fan favourite. Known for her 50’s fringe and blue uniform nurse Franklin is well used to emergencies, yet the 38-year-old actress has a quieter life off-camera. With her boyfriend and ex-co star Jack Ashton, George has two daughters, Wren, four, and Lark, seven months. The couple met on the set of the BBC drama where they played partners and then exes, before Ashton exited the show in series seven.

In 2020, the couple moved into a new home together and have since posted many photos of its interior. The actress is a fan of animal prints, bright colours and vintage furniture. As a family they enjoy baking, picnics and country walks with the TV midwife having a love of stately homes. The actress recently shared pictures of the two children while on holiday at a beach hotel called Moonfleet Manor with the caption: “Pampered, overfed and thoroughly rejuvenated thank you @moonfleetmanor we had the best stay. You had me at crèche.”

As a core part of a show about mothers and babies, the Birmingham born George has also been very open about her experience with pregnancy. During both her pregnancies she suffered from Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), which is a serious condition that affects the liver and digestion. When she had the condition, George experienced severe itching and also had two premature births. For her second baby, Lark, the actress admitted she was full of anxiety about the birth and ended up having to undergo an emergency caesarean.

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