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Call the Midwife to get first regular black character

DIVERSITY: BBC One Call The Midwife

FOR FANS of BBC's Call The Midwife, a new character will be joining next season as the first regular black character to be in the series.

Casting is already underway for an actress to play West Indian nurse Lucille. Her character will reflect the influence of nurses from the Commonwealth on the NHS in the 1960s.

According to Call The Midwifecreator Heidi Thomas, Lucille will be "elegant, funny and clever" and bring "a fresh new energy to life at Nonnatus House".

Speaking at the Thomas acknowledge that through research, she was made aware of the contributions of black nurses to the NHS.

"My research is continually bringing up new things and [It] has made me very aware of the contributions made by West Indian and Caribbean nurses to the NHS in the early 1960s. She's going to bring stories with her, and a different cultural point of view, and that's very exciting."

Series six of the popular drama finished last month, and will return to BBC One for a Christmas special before series seven kicks off in the new year.

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