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The first images of Ella Bruccoleri as Sister Frances in the new series of Call the Midwife have been released


One Year Course graduate Ella joins the cast of Call the Midwife for the Christmas Special and the whole of season 8 as postulant nun Sister Frances.  She appears alongside Miriam Margolyes and Fenella Woolgar.


Writer Heidi Thomas says,  “Our Christmas visit to the Order’s headquarters brings us three fantastic gifts – Sisters Mildred, Hilda and Frances. Elegant, scatty Hilda (Fenella Woolgar) and innocent Frances (Ella Bruccoleri) then move to Poplar at the start of the new series, whilst formidable Mildred (Miriam Margolyes) appears again later, keeping Nonnatus House on its toes! Nuns are the beating heart of Call The Midwife – they are wise, hardworking, compassionate, and combine the patience of angels with the faults and flaws of ordinary women. I have wanted to add more Sisters to the CTM family for some time, and am thrilled that the sensible lace ups of Mildred, Hilda and Frances have been filled by three such extraordinary actors. Each of them has already made me laugh, and made me cry, and I can’t wait to introduce them to our wonderful audience.”

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