Nurse Trixie Franklin is a bright, glamorous girl in her mid-twenties who is already living and working at Nonnatus House when Jenny arrives.
All fully-fashioned nylons and lush red lipstick, Trixie loves jazz, dancing, and smoking Sobranie cigarettes. It’s fair to say, she's a bit of a flirt. She has a much more outgoing disposition than Jenny, but the two share the sense of adventure in their work and become firm pals.
Trixie is played by Helen George.
Q+A with Helen George
How did it feel getting back into the uniform again?
It felt great to be back in my uniform! I remember the first day back feeling as though it was the first day back at school, and all the excitement of seeing my mates again. It was so lovely to be back with my pals, I'd missed them. We have lots of time between scenes when we just sit around eating biscuits and chatting. It's so great to be in a cast with so many funny and strong women who are always up for a laugh… or a sing along. Pam does a mean harmony!
What are your favorite places to film on set?
My favorite place on set is the makeup bus. It's where the party's at. It's where our day starts and it's always filled with gossip and laughter. Bryony and I sit next to each other whilst being made up, which is perfect for our intense X Factor chats. It’s a very important subject on set, we both love James Arthur.
What was your favorite episode to film in this season?
I love the Holiday Special, I think the story has been so beautifully crafted by Heidi Thomas and Sheila Reid was incredible.
Do we see Trixie interact with any new characters?
Trixie really tries to encourage our new character Jane, and attempts to work her magic on yet another romantic set up!
What is different about this season compared to the first?
I think the difference between this series and the last is the detail we go into with getting to know the regular characters at the centre of Nonnatus House. Whilst guest stories come in and out, what's lovely this time is that we get to see how all of these affect our midwives and how we progress or indeed diminish with them.
What is Trixie’s involvement in the Holiday Special?
Trixie's involvement in the Holiday Special is mainly with the tragic story of baby Raymond found in a box on our doorstep. We all completely fall in love with him, and mother him as a community. Oh and I get to wear angel wings… always a highlight.
How has Trixie changed since Season 1?
I don't know if Trixie's changed since the last series, rather developed. I think she is gaining strength and confidence in herself (not that she was lacking in it!) but we do get a rare glimpse of her vulnerability!
What happens with Trixie and her love life this season?
Trixie's love life takes a surprising twist this series, as she is sent out to bait a variety show host, Clifford Raines, to be a celebrity judge in our summer fete baby show. He agrees to this on the condition that he can take her out to the Dorchester (Trixie's dream date venue!) Her imagination runs away with her and she is convinced that she could have quite a lovely life with such a man, but things do not go quite to plan...