Call the Midwife: Jenny Agutter discusses Nonnatus's house
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Nurse Lucille Anderson (played by Leonie Elliott) and Cyril Robinson’s (Zephryn Taitte) slow-burning romance has kept Call the Midwife fans hooked since they first met in season eight. A new trailer for the BBC drama left viewers hoping a proposal could be on the cards for the couple but actress Leonie has teased there’s a “struggle” ahead for the nurse.
Speaking to the press including Express.co.uk, the actress was asked how Lucille balances her relationship with her job.
She said: “I wouldn’t say an issue. I mean, you see Lucille balance that more in season 10.
“I suppose it’s always difficult to balance your romantic relationship and work relationship.
“But I think the struggle for me is probably more how she balances faith with working life.”
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“Lucille has grown up in such a rural part of Jamaica and probably been quite closeted to a certain extent so coming to London is such a shock to the system,” she continued.
“You’ve got people like Trixie and we had Val who are quite progressive in their thinking and Lucille at the beginning was very traditional with her thoughts on how women should behave.
“But she’s definitely changed now as the series has gone on which I like because I think that they’ve been a positive influence on Lucille in that sense.
“I definitely think her faith and work-life is probably a harder, balance, we’ll say Cyril is quite understanding.”
Cyril has been a pillar of support for Lucille over the last two years but a crisis of faith in season 10 could cause the midwife to push her boyfriend away.
In a teaser clip released by Call the Midwife, Cyril is seen declaring his love for his girlfriend.
“From the minute I set eyes on you, there was no past anymore. There was only the now,” he exclaims.
Could there be a Nonnatus House proposal on the cards as Cyril finally reveals how he really feels about the nurse?
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However, Lucille’s struggle to balance her relationship, faith and work could prove fatal to her love life.
Will the nurse reject Cyril’s proposal as she vows to prioritise her work?
Meanwhile, Leonie reflected on her favourite scene from the series as she looked back on 10 years of Call the Midwife with Express.co.uk.
In season eight, episode two, Lucille helps elderly suffragette Clarice Millgrove (Annette Crosbie).
She explained: “Working with Annette Crosbie who plays Ms Millgrove, you [got] to see Lucille in a different capacity not a midwife more of a nurse.
“Annette Crosby was just such a generous actress and we discovered that she’s a hoarder and she’s acrophobic and it was a storyline that really touched me.
“It was the scene that I had with Judy [Parfitt], Lucille had become a friend to Ms Millgrove, and it felt that Sister Monica Joan then became a friend to me because Lucille was in need and I think it just speaks to the nature of our show and just having so many generations.
“Also, for me, Caribbean culture is very much about respecting your elders and having a good relationship with them.
“It felt Sister Monica Joan became like, a mother, a grandmother in that moment and I’m very aware that Lucille doesn’t have any family in the UK so that to me was just such a special moment.”
Call the Midwife returns to BBC One on Sunday at 8pm.
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