Meet the star who plays Sister Veronica in Call the Midwife

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Call the Midwife is coming back to the BBC with season 12 following the emotional Christmas special. The episode saw Trixie Franklin (played by Helen George) and Matthew Aylward (Olly Rix) get engaged. Sister Frances (Ella Bruccoleri) was also sent away for an extended rest period following an injury, paving the way for a new nun.

Who plays Sister Veronica in Call the Midwife?

Sister Frances was known for never taking time off and juggling her work as a nun and a midwife at Nonnatus House.

However, her dedication came back to bite her when she fell off her bike and caused herself a serious injury.

In order for her to get some proper respite, she was sent away from Poplar to focus on her religious duties.

Her exit paves the way for Sister Veronica, who had previously worked as a midwife in Hong Kong.

She has joined Nonnatus House as a health visitor and she certainly has her quirks.

Sister Veronica is played by Rebecca Gethings, a 46-year-old English actress who was born in Canada.

Raised in Berkshire in the UK, she studied drama at the Webber Douglas Academy.

Starting off her career in theatre, she appeared in the West End production of Vassa.

Viewers may have also seen her in EastEnders and the series Attachments.

With a love of comedy, she went on to star in the HBO series Veep and season four of The Thick of It.

Speaking of her new role in Call the Midwife, she said her character does not read social situations well.

She said: “She puts her foot in it a lot and she ruffles feathers. But she always does it for good.

“But she’s not shy and retiring. She doesn’t wait to be invited in. She just kind of bustles in and gets going because in terms of her ministry, she’s not worth anything unless she’s making a change.”

She continued: “She wants to do and make a change and if she has to tell fibs, then she will.”

Sister Veronica is aware “some people find her irksome, but she’s made peace with that because she’s going to get stuff done”.

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The star admitted there is conflict when her character first joins Nonnatus House.

However, she is soon accepted into the group and everyone does their best to work together.

Away from the series, the comedy actress has just started a podcast with her three-year-old daughter.

The podcast, called Dear Crocodile, is a “gentle bit of entertainment”, the star says on Twitter.

She also used the social media platform to tell her fans she was “so happy” to join the cast of Call the Midwife.

She shared a short video of herself describing her character, who happens to have some history with Shelagh Turner (Laura Main).

She said: “When you step into a national treasure like Call the Midwife you feel very fortunate and feel a lot of responsibility.

“You don’t want to do a bad job, but you have kind of got to put all that to one side.

“It’s a real privilege to be part of a largely female-driven narrative. They are not passive, they get stuff done and they are brave.”

Call The Midwife season 12 starts on January 1 on BBC One at 8pm.

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