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Call the Midwife: What has Charlotte Ritchie been up to since playing Barbara?

Charlotte was recently in Death in Paradise among other popular shows!

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
January 27, 2019
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Charlotte Ritchie has opened up about her character's heartbreaking death on Call the Midwife, and admitted that she "howled like a child" while saying goodbye to the role of Nurse Barbara, which she has played since 2015 on the popular BBC show. But what is she up to now? Since saying goodbye to the beloved nurse on the popular show, Charlotte has gone on to star in Doctor Who as Lin, an archeologist who is controlled by a Dalek, and Iris Shephard in Death in Paradise, a zookeeper.

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Charlotte has since appeared in Doctor Who

The actress previously opened up about leaving the role of Nurse Barbara behind. Chatting on Lorraine, the actress said: "I knew it was going to happen and I still howled like a child, which feels really weird. I have known for a long time and I was wishing I wouldn't cry, as I think there’s something weirdly narcissistic about crying about your own death." She continued: "But it was just everything, it was saying goodbye to the show, I love it so much. But it was done beautifully and I feel really glad and really proud that I got to say goodbye in that way. I was a fan before I joined [the show]."

Nurse Barbara in Call the Midwife© Photo: BBC

Charlotte opened up about leaving the show

The star, who is also known for her work on Fresh Meat and Raised by Wolves, continued: "It was such a hard decision to make. I love it. It's the most wonderful job. It was just the sort of time to go, I think. My character Barbara had had such a gorgeous arc." Speaking about her decision to leave the show, Charlotte previously told the Daily Mirror: "Barbara's had such a good journey, this feels like a good time to go before I become too complacent. That was my biggest fear - of getting so comfortable that I was taking the job for granted. I love the show, I love everyone I work with – there's no negative reason behind why I'm going."

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Charlotte has gone on to star in Death in Paradise

Nurse Barbara died in season seven after contracting meningitis, which turned into septicaemia. The devastating scene had viewers take to Twitter to message Charlotte in tears, with one writing: "Omgoodness, I was not expecting that! Every week I sob, but this week it was 10x worse. Will miss u in CTM, but good luck for the future," while another added: "So sad... loved your character, I sobbed. Hope you have exciting things in the pipeline."

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