Lucille Robinson

First Appeared: Season 7

Played by: Leonie Elliott

Lucille Robinson

Lucille Robinson (maiden name Anderson) was born in Mandeville, Jamaica, in 1940. After an early career as a librarian, she travelled to England in 1960 to train as a nurse. At this time, the Minister for Health, Enoch Powell, was actively encouraging young Caribbean women to apply for jobs and training within the NHS. Too bright for the other, more menial jobs on offer to black women in Britain (such as canteen work for London Transport), Lucille decided to embrace the challenge of nursing.

Lucille grew up comfortably, as the middle class daughter of Alfred and Hortense Anderson, a teacher and a housewife. Hortense, who married young and had a large family, urged Lucille to strike out and widen her horizons, rather than live her life in a provincial island town.

Lucille's entire training (including her district experience) took place at a teaching hospital in Taunton, Somerset, where there was little more sophistication on offer than there had been at home in Jamaica. Determined to see something of the vibrant, cultured life of the capital, Lucille applied for jobs in London as soon as she qualified, and had the choice of more than one position. She opted for Nonnatus House because it came with free accommodation - a rarity in district work - and also because of her religious faith.

Lucille is in for a number of shocks once she arrives in the East End. Accustomed to life in a genteel West Indian backwater (Mandeville was known as “the most English town in Jamaica”) and then in a rural area of Somerset, she has never seen conditions as bad as those in Poplar. When she arrives at Nonnatus House, it is as though she is setting foot on foreign soil for the first time.

In addition, during training she was one of several West Indian girls studying for the SRN qualification - she will now be the only, and the first, black nurse at Nonnatus House.

For Lucille, this sequential shift from the West Indies to the West Country to the East End feels huge. She misses her Caribbean friends, who have scattered across the UK since they qualified, and whilst she is generally accepted by her patients, she is aware that she is sometimes an object of curiosity. This sometimes breaks into open hostility and racism - and is very much at odds with her concept of herself as someone who has both come to help out in “the mother country”, and as an ambassador for Jamaica.

Lucille takes the bus to a Gospel church in Dalston every Sunday, wearing a hat and white gloves. She also has a penchant for cocktails, cards, the movies, and likes a gossip and a cigarette.

Lucille is open-hearted, gregarious, determined to succeed, and has a great sense of fun. However, her strict upbringing and rigid training mean she can present an exceptionally demure, almost earnest face to the world - her public and her private face are often at odds.

As she settles into life and work at Nonnatus House, Lucille's charm and warmth become apparent to all who know her. She becomes firm friends with Valerie, Trixie and Nurse Crane. And - having initially seen a nursing career as a means to an end - she steadily falls in love not just with the East End, but with the work itself. Her job becomes her vocation.

Featured Photos | Lucille Robinson

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Nurse Robinson helps move boxes in a scene from Episode 2. | Credit: Neal Street Productions
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Nurse Lucille Anderson in a scene from episode 1. | Credit: Neal Street Productions
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Nurse Lucille reacts in a scene on the streets of Poplar. | Credit: Neal Street Productions
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Nurse Lucille sends a letter in a scene from episode 3. | Credit: Neal Street Productions
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Nurse Lucille rushes in a scene from episode 3. | Credit: Neal Street Productions
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Cyril and Lucille in episode 3. | Credit: Neal Street Productions
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Nurse Lucille reacts in a scene from episode 6. | Credit: Neal Street Productions
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Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT) in a scene from episode 6. | Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions
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Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT) greets Cyril Robinson (ZEPHRYN TAITTE) with candy apples. | Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions
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Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT) smiles at a new mom in a scene from episode 6. | Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions
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Zephryn Taitte as Cyril Robinson and Leonie Elliot as Lucille Anderson film a scene from episode 3. | Credit: Neal Street Productions
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Cyril Robinson (ZEPHRYN TAITTE), Nurse Lucille Anderson (LEONIE ELLIOTT) with Poplar residents in a scene from Episode 6. | Credit: BBC / Neal Street Productions
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Cast members Linda Bassett as Nurse Phyllis Crane, Leonie Elliott as Lucille Anderson, Cliff Parisi as Fred Buckle, Zephryn Taitte as Cyril Robinson walk through the set during the filming of episode 7. | Credit: Neal Street Productions

Featured Video

Meet Lucille, the New Midwife
The cast of Call the Midwife discuss the new arrival to Nonnatus house, Lucille Anderson, played by Leonie Elliott. Nurse Anderson was recruited from Jamaica.
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Meet Lucille, the New Midwife
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Meet Lucille, the New Midwife
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The cast of Call the Midwife discuss the new arrival to Nonnatus house, Lucille Anderson, played by Leonie Elliott. Nurse
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Lucille's New Assignment
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Lucille's New Assignment
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Nurse Lucille struggles to find time to spend with Cyril and gets the news that she'll be reassigned to the hospital mater
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New Looks for Lucille, Valerie and Barbara
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New Looks for Lucille, Valerie and Barbara
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Call the Midwife Make-Up and Hair Designer Stella O'Farrell talks about creating new looks for Lucille, Valerie and Barbar
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The Engaged Couple!
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The Engaged Couple!
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Lucille and Cyril celebrate their engagement with friends.
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Called to the Shelter
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Called to the Shelter
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Nurses Phyllis and Lucille check on an expectant mom; Sister Julienne greets some unwelcome news.
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Cyril's Bad News
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Cyril's Bad News
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Cyril shares bad news with Nurse Lucille - his rooming house has been condemned, and prejudice around the East End has him
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Not Giving Sarah Up
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Not Giving Sarah Up
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Lucille gets a young mother to open up about a previous pregnancy -- and make a plan for the future.
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First Day on the Ward
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First Day on the Ward
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Nurse Lucille deals with an uncooperative expectant mother on the while on temporary reassignment to the hospital maternit
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Checking on Miss Millgrove
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Checking on Miss Millgrove
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Nurse Anderson and Sister Monica Joan make a house call to the aging Miss Millgrove.
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