Call The Midwife: Jessica Raine leaves in series three finale
Actress said she wants to 'explore pastures new'
Jenny Lee, The actress’ character, left her job as a midwife in London to take up a new position as a nurse in a Marie Curie cancer hospice, and to start a new life with Phillip Worth (Stephen Ashfield).
But the voice of a mature Jenny will feature as a narrator in future series, voiced by Vanessa Redgrave, as it was explained she will remain in contact with friends at Nonnatus House.
Raine said: “It’s been a real privilege to help bring Jenny Lee’s story alive and amazingly satisfying to see how the public have embraced the series, but as is in keeping with Jenny’s story, it’s time for me to explore pastures new.”
The actress has secured a number of new TV roles in past months, including BBC Two’s Line of Duty and Doctor Who biopic An Adventure in Space and Time.
The first series of Call The Midwife, which debuted in 2012 when Jenny Lee arrived in Poplar to begin her work, became the BBC’s best-rated drama in a decade.
In its third series, the drama continued to attract over 10 million viewers every Sunday night.
A fourth series of Call The Midwife has been commissioned and is due to air next year.
tv Jenny Lee may have left, but Miranda Hart and the rest of the midwives deliver the goods
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 3 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 4 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
- 5 Hip hop is both racial and political, and for Iggy Azalea to suggest otherwise is insulting
Christmas Day TV guide 2014: What to watch from Strictly Come Dancing to the story of Frozen
Best underrated Christmas movies: From Trading Places to While You Were Sleeping
Felicity Jones on being Stephen Hawking's wife in The Theory of Everything: 'I didn't want her to be a saint'
Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
The Interview is finally released after Sony hack and terror threats – but reviews of North Korea satire are mixed
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food