Watch­ing some ran­dom woman hav­ing a baby … was the strangest Sun­day night

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD - CALL THE MID­WIFE 8.30PM, TUES­DAY, BBC FIRST With Anna Brain

“I AM a huge fan of Call the Mid­wife. Get­ting this role is one of those things that was such good news I started wor­ry­ing that other things in my life would go wrong.

It’s not al­lowed for that to hap­pen and ev­ery­thing else to be fine. I was like, ‘Oh God, my dog’s go­ing to die or some­thing’.

My mum didn’t re­ally be­lieve me; she wouldn’t let me tell any­one un­til I’d filmed a week of the show.

For some­one who isn’t in medicine, pre­tend­ing to be a doc­tor or nurse is quite strange.

I watched a birth for re­search. I was like, ‘C’mon Char­lotte, you have to watch it, you can’t do a birth scene with­out hav­ing watched a birth’.

I was feel­ing quite de­pressed about not hav­ing got­ten tick­ets to Glas­ton­bury while ev­ery­one else was there, and I was hav­ing a Sun­day din­ner alone, watch­ing some ran­dom woman hav­ing a baby. It was the strangest Sun­day night.

You might think it’s a bit gross. But once you know how won­der­ful and nat­u­ral all that stuff is, and see a baby born, it’s the most amaz­ing thing. First, I’m so im­pressed with moth­ers. And sec­ond, it bog­gles my mind that peo­ple are de­signed like that and ba­bies just come out of nowhere.

Bar­bara Gil­bert (Ritchie’s character), she’s a very young, newly qual­i­fied mid­wife.

She grew up in Liver­pool but she doesn’t sound like it, which is prob­a­bly a bless­ing for ev­ery­one, not hav­ing to lis­ten to me try to do a Liver­pool ac­cent. She has seen a lot of poverty and dif­fer­ent walks of life, but still has a lot to learn.

I like her be­cause she’s writ­ten as a very nice per­son who gets a lot wrong but has won­der­ful in­ten­tions. I like that, be­cause other char­ac­ters I’ve played haven’t been as nice.

Some of my first scenes were with He­len George and Emer­ald Fen­nell who play Patsy and Trixie.

It was re­ally lovely to be wel­comed so quickly by them. Es­pe­cially since Jess (Jessica Raine, who played nurse Jenny Lee for three sea­sons) had been such an in­te­gral part.

And meet­ing all the nuns was strange, be­cause ob­vi­ously I’ve seen them in the show, and got­ten to know their char­ac­ters and not the ac­tors.”

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