Call The Midwife star details ‘challenging’ role as Sister Monica Joan

Judi Parfitt tells Alan Titchmarsh her Call The Midwife role is but ‘enormous fun’

Call The Midwife’s Sister Monica Joan star admitted her role on the show is a “challenging” one.

Judy Parfitt has played the popular midwife since the first series of the show, and opened up on Love Your Weekend With Alan Titchmarsh about stepping into the troubled character’s shoes.

After watching a moving scene on the award-winning programme together, Alan remarked: “It’s amazing how a group of women carrying babies can be so touching, isn’t it?”

As Judy agreed, the presenter asked her about the character, stating: “We know so much about Call The Midwife now, it’s been required viewing for almost all of us I think, really.

“And you have this wonderful role, Judy, as Sister Monica Joan, who occasionally loses it, but a challenging role to play.”

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“Yes,” Judy agreed, before adding: “But enormous fun.”

The actress went on: “And it is lovely to be a part of something like that.

“And I would compare it to your show because it’s such a delight to be able to sit down and see your show, which is gentle and it’s about lovely things – gardening, people’s wonderful photographs that they send.

“I think we all desperately need something like that and I think that’s possibly why Call the Midwife is still on.”

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Elsewhere in the interview, Judy admitted she’d once had a heated row which led to her “swearing at the paparazzi.”

Discussing the highly-anticipated wedding of Trixie Franklin (Helen George) and Matthew Aylward (Olly Rix) in a recent series, Judy, 87, explained to the 74-year-old broadcaster: “Well, it was a long day.

“And it started with us being at this lovely church in Chelsea.

“And the paparazzi had somehow got hold of the fact that it was going to be a wedding, and they were everywhere. And I had the first scene, and I had to get out of this taxi.

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“We kept stopping because they were behind me getting photographs, and they stopped and went up to them and talked to them.”

However, the nun actress detailed how she became fed up of waiting for the group to move away, indicating she had sworn at them.

She confessed: “And eventually I went up to them. I said, ‘Listen, everyone thinks you’re a group of… But I know you’re trying to do your job.’

“And I said, ‘But I’ve been in and out of that taxi 12 times and I’m absolutely… so would you please go? And they said, ‘For you, we’ll go.'”

Call the Midwife is available to watch on BBC iPlayer, while Love Your Garden airs Sundays from 9.30am on ITV.

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