A magical wish has come true for this Harry Potter star who expressed her desire to be on Call the Midwife, two years ago.


The beloved Miriam Margolyes has joined the Call the Midwife cast.


Better known for her role as Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films, Margolyes spoke to This Morning in 2016, revealing her wish to be given a role on the programme.



“I love that programme, I think they are all majestically brilliant - fine actresses - so I want to be there.


There is no end to what I would do to get on that programme. I love it, I love that show."


Miriam is set to play Sister Mildred, a "forthright and indefatigable sister from the Order,” according to the TV producers.



The Harry Potter star is now living her dream as filming is already underway for the Christmas Day special.


On Instagram, the producers explain that her character, Mildred arrives unexpectedly at Nonnatus House with four Chinese orphans.


The storyline reveals that they have fled from China and the child refugees were found abandoned in Hong Kong. The series will feature their adoption in the UK as part of the World Refugee Project.



Speaking to The Sun, Stephen McGann gave a glimpse into what on set life is like with Miriam.


"She was absolutely hilarious!


Just imagine, for a second, what it's like to have Miriam as a nun, in full throttle on the set of Call The Midwife! We have had a scream," said the actor who plays Doctor Turner.


There will be more new faces on the cast line-up such as Waterloo Road’s Georgie Glen as the surgery’s new receptionist, Miss Higgins, Harlots star, Fenella Woolgar as Sister Hilda and the Last Kingdom’s Ella Bruccoleri as Sister Frances.



NEWS!! Acclaimed actress Miriam Margolyes to appear in Call the Midwife alongside new series 8 cast members! - This morning we're delighted to confirm that filming for the Call the Midwife Christmas Special and series 8 is well under way.... and this exclusive new photo released from the Call the Midwife film set reveals some exciting new cast members! - We are THRILLED to announce that the amazing Miriam Margolyes will be appearing as a guest star in our forthcoming Christmas Special and series 8! Miriam is one of Britain's finest acting talents - famous for her many film appearances such as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Miriam plays Sister Mildred - a forthright and indefatigable sister who arrives unexpectedly at Nonnatus House with four Chinese orphans. The children were found abandoned in Hong Kong, and are due to be adopted in the UK as part of the World Refugee Project. With Christmas preparations in full flow and the midwives busy caring for the expectant mothers of Poplar, these unexpected visitors cause joy and chaos in equal measure... - Joining Miriam in the new series are the wonderful Fenella Woolgar as Sister Hilda, and Ella Bruccoleri, who plays young postulant Sister Frances. Last but not least, we are proud to introduce the brilliant Georgie Glen as the Turner Surgery's redoubtable new receptionist, Miss Higgins!! - Meanwhile, the eagle-eyed amongst you will also have noticed the return of a very old friend at the back of our photograph :-) Yes, we're delighted to confirm that our Trixie is back where she belongs for Christmas and the forthcoming series! Welcome home Nurse Franklin. - Photo: Back: Helen George (Trixie Franklin), Jennifer Kirby (Valerie Dyer), Annabelle Apsion (Violet Buckle) 4th row: (grey coat) Georgie Glen (Miss Higgins) 3rd row: Fenella Woolgar (Sister Hilda), Daniel Laurie (Reggie) 2nd row: Laura Main (Shelagh Turner), Stephen McGann (Dr. Turner), Max Macmillan (Timothy Turner) front: Miriam Margolyes (Sister Mildred), Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne) (NOTE: if you don't see your favourite cast member here, it simply means they weren't in the scene!) {#CalltheMidwife}

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Series eight is set to broadcast in 2019 and will take place in springtime in 1964. Viewers will be treated to excited Poplar residents anticipating the birth of Prince Edward.


Violet Buckle (Annabelle Apsion) opens the first scene, holding a Teddy Bears’ Picnic and a competition on whether the Queen will have a boy or a girl.


Laura Main, who plays Doctor Turner's wife Shelagh reveals that filming has remained true to its roots.


"Here we are, series eight, and it's still crafted in the same way as it was at the beginning.


"It's maintaining that standard. It's funny, and you know, tear-jerking as well."



Series 8 of #CalltheMidwife has just started filming !!@bbcone

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Yesterday, the cast were at The Chatham Historic Dockyard, where the programme is filmed, to open the new Call The Midwife tour.


Running to October, the tour allows fans access to look at the props and costumes from the show.


Visitors will also enjoy their own "Midwife" tour guide, which goes through all of the filming locations used on the programme.




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