BBC Call The Midwife's Helen George bids farewell to role as she admits 'I shall miss you'
Reach Daily Express March 03, 2024 01:24 AM

Call the Midwife star Helen George has posted an emotional farewell statement as she wraps up her UK tour of The King and I. The 39-year old made her West End debut last year in the lead role of Anna.

Posting a candid shot of herself backstage in character, Helen penned: "Goodbye, dear Anna, I shall miss you." Based on a true story, the musical is about the widow Anna Leonowens who goes to Siam (Thailand) in the 1860s to be a governess.

Many of Helen's 273,000 followers gave her plenty of praise for her performance and labelled her a "super star." One fan commented: "You were amazing Helen. We came 2 weeks ago. Always followed you in call the midwife. Enjoy yr last two shows."

A second chimed in: "You were incredible. Truly an inspiration to any aspiring performers xx," as a third typed: "Saw it last night. You were incredible as were the rest of the cast. Absolutely amazing show."

A fourth fan penned: "What are you going to do next? I had the pleasure of watching, The King and I. You have an absolutely amazing voice xxx."

Despite the professional highlight, Helen's life away from touring the UK has been plagued with sad news in recent months.

In July last year, she announced that she had seperated from her husband, Jack Ashton.

The pair have two children together, Wren and Lark. Helen and Jack originally met on Call the Midwife, which is set to return for its thirteenth season later this year.

Over the years, the popular BBC show has tackled topics such as NHS funding, abortion, mental illness, divorce and politically conscious themes.

Helen George is best known for playing the glamorous Trixie Franklin, and has been on the show since episode one.

There were rumours reported last year that Helen would be leaving the show.

Her on-screen husband Matthew Aylward (Olly Rix) recently made the decision to move to America. Many fans speculated that Trixie could also quit London to be with him and mend their shaky marriage.

Speaking to The Times in November, Helen addressed the rumours and said: "I don't know what the plan is. Like in life, you just never know what's going to happen."

Call the Midwife is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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