Call the Midwife in cast shake-up as soap and Netflix stars join BBC's series 13 | The Sun

CALL the Midwife has had a cast shake-up for series 13 as soap and Netflix stars join the BBC show.

Series 13 will consist of a Christmas Special followed by eight one-hour long episodes in early 2024.

Call the Midwife fans will not only be delighted to learn that all their favourite characters are returning, but that new faces will arrive in Poplar as well.

In the first episode, Nonnatus House kicks off a new pupil midwife-training scheme, welcoming pupil midwives Joyce Highland and Rosalind Clifford.

Both are excited by this new stage in their careers and move into Nonnatus House, sharing a room.

Joyce Highland hails from Trinidad, and aims to become Matron of a British hospital. Hardworking, fiercely bright, and deeply kind, she has a traumatic past that she cannot conceal forever.

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Meanwhile, Rosalind Clifford is young, warm, passionate and funny. She may seem naive at times, but has an inner steeliness that will lead her to make some life-changing decisions.

Actresses Renee Bailey and Natalie Quarry join the show as Joyce and Rosalind respectively.

Renee is best known for her role as Leila in BBC/Netflix's Rebel Cheer Squad – A Get Even Series, while Natalie has appeared in BBC daytime soap, Doctors.

Series 13 will be set in 1969 and more babies are being born in hospital than ever before.

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Pressure on maternity beds remains extremely high across the country but Poplar is coping better than most due to the work of Nonnatus House and the popularity of home births under the auspices of the Sisters.

This series will see stories from within the Sylheti and Nigerian communities and from around the docks.

Poor housing continues to blight areas of Poplar presenting complex social and health challenges to the Nonnatus team.

It will also explore issues surrounding Cerebral Palsy, Congenital Hip Dysplasia, Tetanus, Porphyria and TB.

The show's creator and writer Heidi Thomas, said: "After so many years, our much loved regular characters are like family to me – and our wonderful fans so often tell me that they feel the same.

"I know they will be as thrilled as I am that Series 13 of Call the Midwife is full of beautiful moments that celebrate the young, the old, and the precious ties that bind them.

"After Trixie’s spectacular wedding, the Nonnatus House community feels more tightly-knit than ever, but life in Poplar has never been a fairy tale.

"As 1969 unfolds we will see change and challenge rock the world of our beloved nuns, nurses, medics, and midwives. Newcomers Joyce and Rosalind arrive with much to learn, and much to give.

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"And yet even as man prepares to walk on the moon, we see them grappling with life’s eternal questions. Who are we? What is love? And where do we belong?”

Call the Midwife will return this Christmas on BBC One.

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