‘Call the Midwife’ Season 13 cast revealed: Which characters are back?

Production is gearing up on the next season of Call the Midwife.

As the team prepare to resume filming this spring, we’ve got our first look at Season 13’s cast.

The BBC’s hit period drama about a group of nurse midwives in the East End of London during the 1950s-1960s aired its twelfth run earlier this year.

Fortunately, we already knew that another season was on the way

And that was before the very exciting news that Call the Midwife has been renewed for an additional two years!

The bumper commission means Call the Midwife will continue until at least its fifteenth season in 2026.

“I’m overjoyed by the news that the doors of Nonnatus House will be open for a few more years!” said writer and creator Heidi Thomas. “I’m thrilled that we’re all heading into the 1970’s together.”

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves…

The show’s official Facebook page posted an exciting story yesterday, announcing that the Call the Midwife cast and production team had reconvened for “the start of the next season’s work.”

The “countdown to filming” update was accompanied by a revealing photo of the meeting:

Eagle-eyed fans will notice that the pic confirms the presence of Georgie Glen (Miss Higgins), Meghan Cusack (Nancy Corrigan), Judy Parfitt (Sister Monica Joan), and Stephen McGann (Dr Turner).

They’re joined by Annabelle Apsion (Violet Buckle), Cliff Parisi (Fred Buckle), Zephryn Taitte (Cyril Robinson), Olly Rix (Matthew Aylward), Daniel Laurie (Reggie Jackson), and Rebecca Gethings (Sister Veronica).

Also pictured, if you were wondering, are producer Annie Tricklebank, writer Heidi Thomas, and Daniel Laurie’s mum Jane.

While the Facebook post mentions that the cast members pictured are only “those [who were] able to attend,” it’s great to know that so many familiar faces will be returning in Season 13.

“Since our tumultuous Season 12 finished airing at the end of February, our intrepid team have been grabbing the chance to rest up, relax, or else fit in some quick theatrical work before filming commences again!” the Facebook post says.

“But today marked an important celebration – our team gathered at a plush venue in the West End of London for their first get-together before the cameras roll again and the scripts drop through the doors.

“We hear the producers organised the team a wonderful meal – there were speeches, lots of laughter and many reunion hugs!”

They added: “Meanwhile, the costume fittings have begun, locations are being scouted, sets painted – all in readiness for our brand new collection of stories!!”

One cast member notably absent in the photo is Helen George, who’s played Trixie since the show began in 2012.

She’s been busy touring the UK in The King and I, playing the lead role of Anna Leonowens.

It’s uncertain if her upcoming commitments with the iconic Rogers and Hammerstein musical mean we won’t be seeing Trixie in the new season.

The return of actor Olly Rix as her new husband Matthew suggests Trixie will definitely be appearing in some capacity, however.

That said, Zephryn Taitte is back as Cyril and we already know that Lucille actress Leonie Elliott has sadly left the show for good.

When’s the release date?

Season 13 is set to premiere on BBC One in the UK and on PBS in the US in early 2024, following another Call the Midwife festive special this Christmas.

While we wait, have you seen this official cookbook inspired by the show?

Featuring fifty recipes written by author and leading food historian Annie Gray, the book is out now.

Call the Midwife: The Official Cookbook is available on Amazon.