Call the Midwife's Leonie Elliot

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of May 7, 2018

So how many boxes of Kleenex did you get through in the just concluded season seven of Call the Midwife? Every single episode was so poignant. The rendition of Amazing Grace sung by guest artistes of London’s Kingdom Choir was especially moving. That choir, by the way, will be singing at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19th, which we’ll be airing live starting at 4:30am.

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Leonie Elliot as Nurse Lucille Anderson

In the meantime, season 8 of Call the Midwife has already started filming and one of the returning cast members is Leonie Elliot, who played the newest Nonnatus House midwife, Nurse Lucille Anderson. To prepare for the role of Nonnatus’s first West Indian Nurse, Elliot, who grew up in the Wembley area of London, was able to draw on her own family’s experiences. Her parents and grandparents are Jamaican, with her mother’s family hailing from the same parish as Lucille; Mandeville. A place that Elliot used to visit every Christmas. Moreover, Elliot’s aunt came to London to train as a nurse in the 1960s!

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London’s Kingdom Choir in the congregation on Call the Midwife

 

Elliot began acting as a small child, when she attended a drama school along with her older sister. Through the school, she got her first television work, a non-speaking role in one of Britain’s longest running television commercials in the 1980s. From then on Elliot worked throughout her teens, including appearing on stage in The Lion King and Annie.

 

Despite her love of performing, when Elliot left school, she thought she’d see if there was anything else she could “pursue as a career”. So she left the acting world and went to University, studying sociology at the London School of Economics.

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Jenny Agutter announces the start of
filming of season eight of Call the Midwife

“It always came back to acting, though,” Elliot said in an interview earlier this year. “There just wasn’t anything else that appealed as much.”

The part of Lucille in Call the Midwife is Elliot’s first reoccurring role in a television drama and reportedly it’s been Elliot’s “favorite part to date.”

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