First Appears: Season 4
Played by: Charlotte Ritchie
Barbara Gilbert is in her early twenties and has recently qualified as a nurse and midwife when she arrives at Nonnatus at the start of the 1960s. She is the daughter of a Canon and an immediate hit with the nuns and midwives, who warm to her enthusiasm and naivety. Although middle class, she is not unaccustomed to poverty being brought up in Liverpool where, through her father's work, she was exposed to some of the most impoverished situations. For her young years, she has quite an old head on her shoulders.