Sister Bernadette is still in her 30's - the closest in age to Jenny and the other secular midwives. A consummate professional, she has a fresh, uncomplicated approach to her work that means she connects well with Jenny and her other younger colleagues.
Sister Bernadette is played by Laura Main.
Q+A with Laura Main
What is different about this season compared to the first?
Heidi Thomas is such an amazing writer and I feel like the journey she wrote for Sister Bernadette this series is the most precious gift. I’m sure all the actors feel that way, as she made sure everyone got their moment to shine. I think the main difference is how much more we learn about all the inhabitants of Nonnatus House. A high percentage of my scenes were with Dr Turner. People started to talk!
How has sister Bernadette changed since Season 1?
She goes on such a huge journey. I never could have predicted the journey she takes. It took me by as much surprise as it does Sister Bernadette. And therefore it has been so interesting to play her as there is absolutely no going over the same ground. She isn’t quite her usual self at times in this series and we and she eventually learn why this is the case. She also becomes close to someone! The moment in series 1, when she looks in the mirror, was not an isolated one.
What are your favorite scenes to film?
I got to do my first birth scene in this series, which I found really helpful because that is ultimately what they are all about. It felt important for me to get to experience what Sister Bernadette has tons of experience in. Especially as we know she was an extremely good midwife. I do enjoy when we have a full complement in a scene! We all enjoy each other’s company so much and so it’s great to be all together. There is lots of gossiping and laughter on days like that and I feel very lucky to be a part of such a great gang. And I have to say, I have loved working with Stephen McGann. When you throw two characters together, there is not necessarily going to be any chemistry between the actors, but we had a wonderful working relationship and hopefully that will translate on screen.