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    Jenny Lee 

Nurse Jennifer "Jenny" Lee, later Worth
Played By: Jessica Raine (Series 1-3), Vanessa Redgrave (Series 3 Christmas Special)
Voiced By: Vanessa Redgrave (Series 1-Present)
  • Brainy Brunette: A smart, willing-to-learn nurse and musician with brown hair. (The real Jennifer Worth became a music teacher and performer after retiring from nursing for good).
  • Fish out of Water: Jenny, who comes from a middle-class background, is thrown completely out of sorts when she first arrives in Poplar leading to this exchange with Sister Julienne:
    Jenny: I didn't know people lived like this!
    Sister Julienne: But they do.
  • Happily Married: She marries Philip Worth at the end of Series 3 and they have a loving marriage. The Christmas Special shows that they grew old together.
  • Hello, Nurse!: The very first scene of the series is her getting stares and wolf-whistles by a crowd of dock workers while on her way to Nonnatus House. She also gets a lot of male attention during the rest of her screen time.
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffers this when her boyfriend Alec dies after an accident. She's so devastated that Sister Julienne forces her to take a leave of absence to grieve.
  • The Narrator: Her older self narrates the show in the present day, even after she's been Put on a Bus.
  • Put on a Bus: Jenny chooses to leave midwifery at the end of series three and go into hospital care. However, mature Jenny still provides the narration for each episode.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She starts the series heartbroken over a failed affair with a married man (Truth in Television, the real Jennifer Worth went through this). She plays around with the idea of dating her childhood friend Jimmy but ultimately rejects him. She then tries getting into a relationship with Alec but unfortunately, he dies. She ends up Happily Married to Philip, an artist and relative of a patient.

    Trixie Franklin 

Senior Nurse Beatrix "Trixie" Franklin

Played By: Helen George (Series 1-Present)
  • The Alcoholic: Trixie has always been a fan of the bottle, but it starts affecting her life and her work after she and Tom break off their engagement during series four. She quits drinking and joins Alcoholics Anonymous at the end of the series. She falls Off the Wagon in series seven after she ends things with Christopher, and takes time off work to focus on her recovery.
  • Bridezilla: Becomes obsessing over her wedding during series four during her engagement to Tom. Later, after seeing him perform a memorial service for a stillborn child, she realizes that the wedding isn’t the important part, their relationship is. They end up calling it quits anyways.
  • Dad the Veteran: Trixie’s father served in Mesopotamia during World War I.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: An absolute sweetheart, and a stunning blonde.
  • Hospital Hottie: She works as a nurse and In-Universe she often receives a "Hello, Nurse!" response.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: After the ATV presenter and judge of the baby contest tries to rape her. She later becomes an alcoholic.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Called "Trixie" by everyone instead of "Beatrix".
  • Recovered Addict: A realistic presentation of this trope. After coming to terms with her alcoholism, she attends AA meetings in all the following series.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Despite being characterized as boy-crazy, she likes honest, kind, decent, hardworking men. She was engaged to Tom, a vicar and is now in an on-and-off relationship with Christopher, a good-natured dentist with a young daughter.
  • Stepford Smiler: She helped her shell-shocked father cope with her bubbly personality but she herself wasn't alwayys as happy as she appeared.
  • Smoking Is Glamorous: Trixie does make such an unattractive habit look very sophisticated, especially when she's teaching Barbara how to smoke.
  • Unexpected Virgin: When Christopher makes it clear his plans for the ski trip with Trixie were of an intimate nature, Trixie reveals to Valerie she's "never been that sort of girl in [her] whole life".
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Hates fish, which proves to be a problem when she goes to deliver a fishmonger’s wife’s baby. Fortunately the mother-to-be understands.
    "I feel the same way about chickens."

    Chummy Noakes 

Nurse Camilla "Chummy" Noakes, nee Forstescue-Chomondley-Browne
Played By: Miranda Hart (Series 1-4)
  • Black Sheep: Chummy’s parents and siblings are proud members of the British aristocracy. Chummy is a midwife and missionary who is married to a police constable.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Chummy is so awkward around Peter at first that it takes Sister Evangelina becoming so sick of their flirting that she takes it upon herself to arrange their first date.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Chummy first leaves Nonnatus during series two for missionary service in Africa, then comes back for the birth of her first child. She later moves with Peter and their son to Aston Lodge Mother and Baby Home to become the temporary matron after the 2014 Christmas Special, and hasn’t been seen since. The writers have tried to bring Miranda Hart back for cameos in series 5 and 6, but were unable to do so due to her filming commitments.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She's clumsy due to her height, you can't blame her. She also struggles with learning how to ride a bike at first.
  • Genius Ditz: Comes off as a bit of a bumbler at times, but she's extremely talented as a midwife and as a seamstress (she designs costumes for community children's plays).
  • Overly Long Name: Her maiden surname, Fortescue-Cholmondeley-Browne. It’s posh enough it could hold its own seat in the House of Lords (the name, not Chummy).
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Is at least six inches taller than her husband, Peter Noakes. At one point, the midwives and their respective beaus all go out to a local dance hall, where Noakes attempts to spin Chummy on the dance floor. Given that she's a good six inches taller than he, it looks ridiculous.

    Shelagh Turner 

Nursing Sister Shelagh Turner, nee Mannion, formerly Sister Bernadette
Played By: Laura Main
  • Age-Gap Romance: With Dr. Turner, who's a good decade at least older than she is. The fact that she's a nun is a more pressing concern for them. It does however, attract some negative comments from patients after they marry, with one remarking: "He's years older than her. Gives me the creeps."
  • Badass Bookworm: She's adorable — and extremely smart. Her husband Dr Turner notes that " were always the most accomplished midwife at Nonnatus House," and he isn't kidding. Even before he was aware he'd fallen in love with her, she was the midwife he most trusted and relied upon during difficult deliveries.
  • The Confidante: Particularly in the wake of Sister Evangelina's death, she has become the primary confidante to Sister Julienne, who turns to Shelagh for advice and solace when she is troubled. Julienne is something of a Parental Substitute to Shelagh, no doubt, but they are also true friends.
  • Crisis of Faith: Has one that leads to her leaving the Order to be with Dr. Turner, although her crisis is not so much in her faith itself as it is about how she is supposed to be expressing that faith.
  • Given Name Reveal: Originally, she's only known as Sister Bernadette. Her actual given name is Shelagh. She tells it to Dr. Turner when they meet on the road when she leaves the sanitarium.
  • Good Parents: She and Patrick are loving and attentive parents to their three children.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's a lovely blonde and a truly goodhearted character. She has a sweet spirit and always wants to help everybody.
  • Happily Married: She marries Patrick and they are very happy together.
  • Ill Girl: She is diagnosed with TB in 2x06. She survives, but recovery takes her months.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: When married to Dr Turner, Shelagh desires to become a mother, only to find out that her TB affected her reproductive organs too. She finally gets pregnant in series 6, and gives birth to a son in the finale.
  • Proper Lady: Shelagh stands out as an archetypal example; she's modest, petite, Silk Hiding Steel, gentle, fair-skinned blonde, and after leaving the convent, she becomes a devoted wife and mother.
  • Second Love: She's Dr. Turner's second wife. His first wife was Timothy's mother, and she died in 1957 according to Word of God.

    Jane Sutton 

Auxiliary Nurse Jane Sutton
Played By: Dorothy Atkinson (Series 2)

  • Abusive Parents: Jane's mother leaves her perfectly healthy daughter in an asylum. It causes a lot of her self-confidence issues.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Disappears without mention after series 2.
  • Composite Character: The real Jane does not appear in the original Call the Midwife novels, but in another book of Jennifer Worth’s, Shadows of the Workhouse. Both Janes were abandoned by their parents as children (Call the Midwife’s Jane in an asylum, Shadows of the Workhouse’s Jane in a workhouse) and both grew confident after finding love with the Reverend Appleby-Thornton.
  • Demoted to Extra: Jane worries aloud that Chummy’s return will cause the other girls to realize she was only there to “fill a gap” and abandon her, but everyone reassures her she’s part of Nonnatus now. And then the trope happens.
  • Shrinking Violet: Starts off like a shy woman, but grows in confidence throughout series, up to and including running onstage to announce that Sister Monica Joan is the replacement judge for the baby contest and goading Fred into facing his fear of heights to save Sister Monica Joan from a locked bathroom.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Jane is never seen or mentioned again after 2x08. We find out what happened to her during a deleted scene from the Series Two Christmas Special: she’s gone to nursing school.

    Patsy Mount 

Nurse Patience "Patsy" Mount
Played By: Emerald Fennell (Series 2-6)

  • Adult Fear: Because of the homophobic society they live in, Patsy is terrified of someone finding out about her relationship with Delia.
  • Badass Gay: She's lesbian. The "badass" part comes in because she grew up in a Japanese internment camp in Singapore during World War II.
  • But Not Too Gay: Patsy and Delia are rarely seen doing anything other than briefly touching and holding hands, with a few cuddles and interrupted kisses thrown in. They finally get a proper kiss during the series 6 finale.
  • Is That What They're Calling It Now?: When Trixie asks where Patsy had been she replied she was in Delia's room who was "teaching [her] a new card game".
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Very feminine often sporting colourful dresses when out of uniform and rarely without red lipstick.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Introduces herself as Patience, but everyone calls her Patsy or Pats.
  • Put on a Bus: Leaves Nonnatus at the start of series six to care for her father, who is dying in Hong Kong. The Bus Came Back at the end of the series six finale. Put on a Bus again for the 2017 Christmas Special, with the first episode of the seventh series revealing that she has gone travelling with Delia.
  • Sole Survivor: Patsy, along with her mother and sister, was put into a Japanese internment camp after the invasion of Singapore. Only Patsy survived the ordeal.


    Barbara Gilbert 

Nurse Barbara Gilbert, later Hereward
Played By: Charlotte Ritchie (Series 4-7)
  • Back for the Dead: After leaving in season six, she and Tom return for three episodes in season seven just so she can contract and die of septicaemia.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: On Barbara's first night at Nonnatus she gets absolutely smashed where Trixie and Patsy don't even get tipsy.
  • Ill Girl: In 7x06 Barbara comes down with septicaemia.

    Phyllis Crane 

Nursing Sister Phyllis Crane
Played By: Linda Bassett (Series 4-Present)

  • Bastard Angst: Inverted. Phyllis reveals to a young expectant father that she was born out of wedlock but never allowed it to stop her from achieving and making something of herself.
  • Battleaxe Nurse: Butts heads with Sister Evangelina from the first day, but Subverted; brusque as she is when work is concerned, she's extremely caring to her patients and soon unwinds around her colleagues — but woe betide anyone who interferes with her duties.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has a brief one when she knocks down a child in her car. For maximum irony, she hit the kid because she was distracted by chiding Sister Winifred over her bad driving, which just makes things worse.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very caught up with procedure and can come across as rude. However, Sister Evangelina's suspicions of her being an unfeeling nurse and midwife are revealed to be false when she's seen comforting Barbara over the delivery of a stillborn baby and giving a cup of tea to the father of said baby.
  • Soapbox Sadie: is a vegetarian and a teetotaler, and will mention both with minimum prompting.
  • Team Mom: She unreservedly mothers all the young nurses at Nonnatus and takes a leadership role among them.
  • Working-Class Hero: Comes from a poorer background than the other nurses, Phyllis mentions how her mother single-handedly worked to provide for her.

    Delia Busby 

Nurse and Trainee Midwife Delia Busby
Played By: Kate Lamb (Series 4-6)
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Cariad", it means "darling" or "sweetheart" in Welsh.
  • Amnesiac Lover: Loses her memory of Patsy after being run down with a car, she soon recovers gladly.
  • Badass Gay: Consistently stands up to her overbearing mother after recovering from her bike accident to return to nursing, London, and Patsy.
  • But Not Too Gay: Patsy and Delia are rarely seen doing anything other than briefly touching and holding hands, with a few cuddles and interrupted almost-kisses thrown in. They finally get a proper kiss during the series 6 finale.
  • My Beloved Smother: Delia's mother has to be reminded that Delia is a fully grown woman who can make her own decisions, not her.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Delia's mother is an inversion of this. While Delia stresses that her mother doesn't know about her and Patsy she appears to have a certain dislike of Patsy for no particular reason and isn't comfortable with her daughter being in London on her own.
  • Put on a Bus: She and Patsy are missing from the 2017 Christmas Special. The first episode of the seventh series reveals that they're on holiday in Africa.

    Valerie Dyer 

Nurse Valerie Dyer
Played By: Jennifer Kirby (Series 6-Present)

  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's nice, but illegal abortions make her go berserk. After having to tend to a woman who has had a black alley abortion, and the string of them that follow, any mention of them sparks a short temper in Valerie. Made all the more worse when she finds out who has been performing them.
  • Brainy Brunette: She has brown hair and she's smart. She remembers everything from her army nursing training, despite being years out of practice — and only the best of the best of UK nurses are accepted into the QARANCnote  in the first place.
  • Jumped at the Call: When Nonnatus House desperately needs a new midwife, she eagerly shows up, ready to work. Before, she had been working at her aunt's bar.
  • Working-Class Hero: A working-class nurse in a cast of upper and middle class people (only Phyllis is from the same background during her time on the show).note  She was a World War II war nurse who wanted to go back to nursing after the war but couldn't find a position due to the prioritization of upper and middle-class nurses at the time. Valerie later mentions to Lucille that in the war the other nurses from more upper class backgrounds believed that nurses from Valerie's background, the East End, shouldn't be nurses, with one of the sisters even bullying her.

    Lucille Anderson 

Nurse Lucille Anderson
Played by: Leonie Elliott (Series 7-Present)

  • All Women Are Prudes: Lucille doesn't appear to entirely agree with Valerie's sexual health classes teaching teen girls and is noticeably uncomfortable suggesting tampons for unmarried girls.
  • Brainy Brunette: Dark hair, bookish, levelheaded, and has an excellent memory. According to Valerie, she passed all her exams at nursing school with flying colors.
  • Cute Bookworm: She's very sweet-natured and worked as a librarian before training as a nurse. She bonds with Sister Monica Joan because of their mutual love of literature.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: When a woman suffers a stroke uncharacteristic for someone her age the mother points the finger at Lucille, saying it would never have happened had her daughter been tended to by an English midwife.
  • Good Parents: She has a good relationship with her mother (who's still in Jamaica) and misses her immensely. They write to each other frequently.
  • There's No Place Like Home: A major part of her storyline is her trying to adjust to life in England while hanging on to her roots.
  • Token Minority: Hailing from the West Indies, Lucille is the first permanent black nurse at Nonnatus House.


The Sisters of St. Raymond Nonnatus

    Sister Julienne 

Sister Julienne
Played By: Jenny Agutter (Series 1-Present)

  • Badass Bureaucrat: While fully qualified as a nurse and midwife, she has the self-described lightest load when it comes to the clinical aspect of work at Nonnatus House. Her work is primarily administrative; managing the convent's finances and such. That said, the few deliveries she is involved in prove her to be perhaps the best midwife Nonnatus House has, or tied with Shelagh for the distinction.
  • Given Name Reveal: In the series, she's referred to as Sister Julienne. Her pre-Order name is revealed as Louise in series 4.
  • The Heart: She is the heart and soul of Nonnatus and a touchstone for everyone associated with it.
  • Meaningful Name: Her religious name, Julienne, is a feminine form of 'Julian'. This alludes both to St Julian the Hospitaller and, more importantly, to Dame Julian of Norwich, a thirteenth-century Christian mystic and author of Revelations of Divine Love.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • The always calm and collected Julienne is thrown completely out of sorts when an old flame of hers makes contact to donate to the convent. She even removes her wimple out of distress, though she is alone in her room when she does.
    • Happens again when Sister Julienne loses her composure over trying to erase Barbara's name from the call board. She breaks down crying.
    • And again when she's faced with the prospect of being elected Mother Superior of the Order, a job which she absolutely does not want but cannot refuse due to her vow of obedience. She finds herself turning to Shelagh for comfort and advice.
  • Parental Substitute: Seems to be a substitute mother to Shelagh. At her wedding, Julienne was sitting in the aisle seat of the front left pew — the place traditionally reserved for the mother of the bride.
  • Quickly Demoted Leader: Sister Julienne is usurped by Sister Ursula as the sister-in-charge when the former is on a mission to South Africa. She is eventually reinstated.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Always armed with a kind word and a sweet smile. She isn't often crossed but when she is Sister Julienne makes it clear why she's the sister-in-charge.
  • The One That Got Away: In season four, it's revealed that she's a woman who the wealthy Charles Newgarden wanted to be with. He was her boyfriend in her youth. She cared about him deeply, but she couldn't resist the call to the religious life.

    Sister Evangelina 

Sister Evangelina
Played By: Pam Ferris (Series 1-5)

  • Apron Matron: She's strict and no-nonsense with both her patients and the young nurses she supervises.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: When Sister Monica Joan becomes ill and refuses to take her medicine, Sister Evangelina can barely hold back the tears as she determines that Sister Monica Joan will get better all else be damned.
  • Battleaxe Nurse: Good-hearted but not afraid to be firm with patients if it's needed.
  • Character Death: Tragically dies in the season five finale after a second stroke.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Contrasting with the prim and proper nurses from well to do families, Sister Evangelina comes from nothing and has an attitude similar to those of the people of Poplar.
  • Good Old Ways: Very much a traditionalist when it comes to childbirth practices, not believing in such things as gas and air, birthing hospitals and baby formula as opposed to breast milk. This sometimes comes back to bite her on the ass.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Brusque and often short with the midwives Sister Evangelina truly cares not only about the girls and the other nuns but the whole of Poplar, coming from a similar background.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has two serious ones when first she accidentally swaps the babies of two sets of parents and second when a baby almost dies of dehydration because the mother, who cannot breastfeed, refuses to use formula at Evangelina's assistance. The latter prompts her to leave Nonnatus temporarily to reconnect with her faith.
  • Shipper on Deck: Helps to set up Chummy and Peter.

    Sister Monica Joan 

Sister Monica Joan
Played By: Judy Parfitt (Series 1-Present)
  • The Conscience: Despite her mental irregularities, she's usually the first to realize when something is wrong, and the most insistent to see it righted. Like when she realizes that Sister Mary Cynthia is trapped in a Bedlam House.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Dreamy and often in another world. Also prone to quoting Keats.
  • Large Ham: Tends to spout quotes from various works in a dramatic fashion.
  • Missing Mum: Despite being estranged from her in earlier life Sister Monica Joan says that she misses her mother, knowing that she herself is nearing the end of life.
  • Retired Badass: Downplayed. She is one of the first women in England to qualify as a midwife; even though she's now mostly removed to administrative duties, she's still quite active in Nonnatus House. Sister Julienne even states that taking care of her is a privilege.
  • Riches to Rags: Voluntarily. She gave up a privileged life to live a life of poverty, sacrifice, and hard work as a nun/midwife.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: Sister Monica Joan is aware of her state, suggested to be dementia, and knows that she isn't as "useful" to Nonnatus as she once was. Mother Jesu makes mention that Sister Monica Joan's mother was mentally unstable, imply she may have inherited it from her.
  • Sticky Fingers: The series one finale deals with Sister Monica Joan's petty thefts, useless knickknacks like ribbons and eggcups, but the situation becomes serious when valuable jewellery is found in her bag. They turn out to be hers.
  • Sweet Tooth: If there are treats of any kind of Nonnatus House, chances are Sister Monica Joan will get her hands on them first.
  • Troll: Sister Bernadette believes that some of Sister Monica Joan's eccentricities are caused less by her senility and more by willful mischief.

    Sister Bernadette 

Sister Bernadette

Played By: Laura Main (Series 1-Present)

See Shelagh Turner

    Sister Winifred 

Sister Winifred
Played By: Victoria Yeates (Series 3-8)

  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: In contrast to Sister Monica Joan's more accepting views on homosexuality, Sister Winifred's views are more conservative and in keeping with the time and her position as a nun.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has one when her dishing out judgement rather than kindness is (partially) what causes a pregnant young teacher engaging in an affair with a married man to attempt self-abortion.
  • Put on a Bus: When her attentive care of a mentally deficient patient helps his progress immensely, the newly elected Mother Superior Mildred sees this and chooses for Winifred to return to the Mother House.

    Sister Mary Cynthia, formerly Cynthia Miller 

Sister Mary Cynthia
Played By: Bryony Hannah (Series 1-6)
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Often timid and quiet but when push comes to shove, specifically when a diabetic attempts to beat his wife, Cynthia is quite fearful. Seen even more prominently when after her attack she states she's not hurt, she's angry.
  • Break the Cutie: The attack on Sister Mary Cynthia weighs heavily on her and is what prompts her exit from the series. She first returns to the Mother House to recover, and then to a special clinic picked out for her by Dr. Turner.
  • Despair Event Horizon: She falls into a deep, crippling depression after a patient's abusive husband's threats trigger memories of her own attack. She is unable to work or take care of herself, and is sent first to a mental asylum, and later to a specialized clinic.
  • Hates Being Touched: After her attack she cannot bear anyone to touch her.
  • Nice Girl: Unfailingly sweet and kind.
  • Put on a Bus: Her entering a good mental hospital staffed by sympathetic therapists is the end of her storyline.
  • Shower of Angst: An angsty bath. It's made worse in that she's too traumatized even to wash herself; Sister Monica Joan has to come in and help her.
  • The Quiet One: She's timid and usually barely speaks. More obvious when next to the more outgoing Trixie.
  • Taking the Veil: Finds her vocation and becomes a nun.

    Sister Ursula 

Sister Ursula
Played By: Harriet Walter (Series 6)

  • 0% Approval Rating: Universally disliked among the other midwives and more tellingly among the otherwise all-loving nuns.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Sister Ursula was the matron of the Order's cottage hospital when it closed. This is the reason for her almost manic insistence on reforming Nonnatus House. Timothy suggest that the hospital may have closed because of her...
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: She starts unilaterally making reforms to the House as though she knows its business better than those who have worked there for years. Eventually admits that she considers herself to have failed at her last placement, and to be hoping to redeem herself at Nonnatus.
  • Jerkass: Truly seems to only care about efficiency rather than the needs of the patients and mothers. This insistence on efficiency causes Barbara to fail to notice a baby suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When she realizes her policies nearly resulted in the death of an infant, she's quietly devastated.
  • Jerkass with a Heart of Gold: Despite all her many, many unsavoury characteristics, when a battered housewife and her son arrive at Nonnatus she's gentle and kind to the boy, offering him chocolate biscuits.
  • Stern Nun: Docks Patsy's wages for going the extra mile for a patient when she specifically told the nurses not to. She also reduces the meal sizes at Nonnatus House and won't let nurses snack under her watch. This gives her extra Jerkass points because the nurses are on their feet working all day and need big, filling meals/snacks as fuel.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Is only around for four episodes before she returns to the Mother House.

    Sister Hilda 

Sister Hilda

Played By: Fenella Woolgar (Series 8-Present)

    Sister Frances 

Sister Frances

Played By: Ella Bruccoleri (Series 8-Present)
  • His Own Worst Enemy: Frances is a very capable nurse and midwife but she's only just taken the veil and began working in Poplar. What really hampers Frances however is her lack of confidence. During her first solo birth it's the mother encouraging Sister Frances rather than the other way round.

Other Medical Staff

    Patrick Turner 

Dr. Patrick Turner
Played By: Stephen McGann (Series 1-Present)
  • Good Parents: He and Shelagh love their three children immensely. Even before he married Shelagh, he tried to be available for Timothy (his child from his first marriage) as much as he could, despite being endlessly busy with patients.
  • Happily Married: He has a loving relationship with his wife Shelagh. He was also, by all accounts, very happy with his first wife before she passed away.
  • Hot for Preacher: Well, in love with a nun. He fell in love with Shelagh when she was a nun known as Sister Bernadette.
  • Papa Bear: Very protective of his children, as well as child patients.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's a well-respected community figure who prioritizes common sense and decency while dealing with his patients' problems. He's not overly strict with his children either (not wanting his underage son to stay at a rock concert all night is a perfectly understandable parental concern).

    Christopher Dockerill 

Christopher Dockerill

Played By: Jack Hawkins (Series 6-Present)
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Trixie suspects Christopher of being unfaithful when she finds a woman's scarf in his car, only for it to belong to his daughter he'd hesitated to tell her about.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Him being a divorced man in a relationship with another woman is hard on his young daughter. In the 1960s, divorce wasn't nearly as commonplace as it was now, and being a child of divorced parents is badly affecting his daughter psychologically. This is part of the reason why Trixie breaks things off.

    Miss Higgins 

Miss Higgins

Played By: Georgie Glen (Series 8-Present)

Poplar Police

    Sergeant Peter Noakes 

Sergeant Peter Noakes, formerly Police Constable

Played By: Ben Caplan (Series 1-6)

    Sergeant Aubrey Woolf 

Sergeant Aubrey Woolf

Played By: Trevor Cooper (Series 7-Present)

Other Clergy

    Tom Hereward 

Reverend Tom Hereward
Played By: Jack Ashton (Series 3-Present)
  • Amicable Exes: He and Trixie aren't exactly best friends but they get along okay after their engagement is called off.
  • Good Shepherd: He's very involved in his community and is often called in to help resolve domestic conflicts in Poplar families. This is Truth in Television for members of the clergy; them being neutral and trusted by both parties makes it easy for them to mediate.
  • Nice Guy: Very warm-hearted and considerate to others, which makes him well-suited for his job.
  • Put on a Bus: Moves to Birmingham with Barbara in the 2017 Christmas Episode. It's stated to be a temporary move. But then The Bus Came Back and tragedy strikes for him and his wife...

Other Characters

    Fred Buckle 

Fred Buckle

Played By: Cliff Parisi
  • Henpecked Husband: It's safe to say that when Violet asks Fred to do something, she expects it done.
  • Second Love: His first wife died in the Blitz, leaving him to raise their daughters. He remarries over the course of the series. He loves his second wife Violet.

    Violet Buckle 

Violet Buckle (formerly Gee)

Played By: Annabelle Apsion
  • Full-Name Basis: While she does refer to Fred by his first name alone, Violet will often refer to him as Fred Buckle when she wants to get a point across.
    Timothy Turner 

Timothy "Tim" Turner
Played By: Max MacMillan
  • Character Development: Initially comes across as a bratty teen before revealing himself to be rather precocious.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Timothy is very knowledgeable on such things as biology and medicine from a young age. It's also heavily implied that he's going to go to medical school and follow in his father's footsteps, becoming the next Dr. Turner.


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