Call the Midwife star confirms departure after series 12 finale

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1 Mar 2023, 08:44

(L-R) Leonie Elliott, Helen George and Linda Bassett in Call The Midwife

Credit: BBC

Call the Midwife has said goodbye to a fan-favourite.

Leonie Elliott, who played Lucille Anderson in the BBC series, has confirmed she has now left the period drama, just a few days after season 12 came to an end. 

Lucille arrived at Nonnatus House in 2018, and didn’t have a particularly easy time, experiencing depression, homesickness and racism.

At the end of series 12, Lucille made her mental health her priority and signed off work, before husband Cyril surprised her with an open ticket back home to Jamaica. 

Despite the hopes that Lucille would come back, actress Leonie has now confirmed she will not be returning to the show. 

Confirming the news on social media, Leonie shared a photo of a personalised clapperboard with the caption: “Over and out, precious!”

Alongside the photo, Leonie uploaded a statement which read: “Thank you all for embracing Lucille and rocking with me on this journey, it is with a heart full of love and appreciation that I embark on pastures new. 

“Having spent 6 years on a truly wonderful show, with a fantastic team I have fallen deeper and deeper in love with Lucille. I feel honoured to have represented the pioneering Windrush generation and their incredible impact on British society.”

She added: “I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to the brilliant cast and our uber talented creative team: Heidi Thomas, Pippa Harris and Annie Tricklebank. Thank you again for all your support, it is hugely appreciated. Super excited for what’s coming next!”

Fans rushed to send their support, with one replying: “thank you for everything leonie 🫶🏼 we will miss you and lucille so much, good luck for whatever is next.”

Another commented: “Sad to see you leave, precious! You were superb as Lucille! Thank you for giving us strong, proud, faithful and caring Lucille for six years! Sending all good wishes for your next adventure.”

A third wrote: “Gutted. Loved Lucille, was so sad when Cyril came back alone.  Thank you for representing on #CallTheMidwife. Good luck with whatever comes next, hope you'll be back on our screens soon.”

There were certainly plenty of tears at the end of Call the Midwife’s most recent series, with fans branding it an “emotional rollercoaster.”