Leonie Elliott plays Lucille Anderson in Call The Midwife.
Why has Call the Midwife been such a hit for the past eight years?
It’s a very human show. You get really human stories, which we don’t often get to see on screen. It’s great as well because it teaches us to be more compassionate human beings. It’s also brilliant because women are at the forefront in the drama, and women are also in the forefront behind the scenes, which is so rare.
What can we expect from your character in this season?
In series eight we get to see Lucille’s playful side. In series seven we saw her at work. But now we see her personal life a little bit more – she is not always at work and being professional. We see her just letting her hair down a little bit.
Would you be drawn to Lucille if she were a real person?
Yes, I would like Lucille in real life because she’s got a great sense of humour and she is tenacious. I think we’ve got quite a bit in common.
What does the 1964 setting add to the show?
It brings great fashion! We also get to see more of the electrical appliances being developed. We also move more into the swinging 60s, which is fascinating.
What are the babies like to work with?
They are adorable. They are always the scene-stealers. They’re lovely to work with. They can only work for 15 minutes at a time, but they’re really nice to work with.
Does one episode stand out for you in series eight?
My favourite is episode two because it was a brilliant episode, and I just had the best time. I got to learn so much about
the suffragette movement. It taught me so much about what women had done at that time. It was amazing to be able to research all of that and have a wonderful storyline myself.
If you had one piece of advice to give Lucille, what would it be?
She’s got it pretty much together, I think. She is tenacious, compassionate, and she’s got a great sense of humour. I don’t think she needs any advice!
Is there one costume that you loved above all others in this season?
My favourite outfit this year is my date dress. I wear it when I go on a date with Cyril. It’s a lovely yellow number!
What does it feel like to wear that famous midwife’s uniform?
For any actor, the costume is always the final piece to the puzzle. It really makes you feel like the character. We are so lucky because this uniform is so iconic. It really makes you feel like a midwife and part of this story.
What would happen if you ask to deliver a baby in real life?
I’d probably call an ambulance! I have been a birthing partner before, and I was quite good at that. I don’t think I would be a very good midwife, but I’d be there for moral support.
What has working on Call The Midwife shown you?
That women are phenomenal!
Pictured: Mavis Hollier (Bronwyn James), Nurse Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott)