Call the Midwife's Victoria Yeates: It's a bad habit, but I'm really jealous of Helen George!

As Sister Winifred on Call the Midwife, Victoria Yeates is a gentle, selfless character. But the actress revealed recently, in real life she’s green with envy over her co-stars’ costumes!

Victoria said: “A big part of me is really jealous I don’t get to wear any of the incredible clothes – especially Trixie’s! I’m massively into vintage and wear lots of the kinds of clothes featured in Call the Midwife. Our designer is so brilliant. I just adore sitting back and watching what Trixie (Helen George) and the other girls are going to come out in. Maybe one day I’ll get out of the habit!”

This Sunday Sister Winifred finds her nun’s habit works against her when she tries to care for pregnant prostitute Bridget Cole. But despite their obvious differences the pair eventually strike up an unlikely friendship.

Victoria revealed: “This is my favourite storyline. Sister Winifred develops a friendship with Poplar’s prostitutes and ends up becoming part of their lives when they come to trust her.

“In this I worked with a wonderful actress (Holli Dempsey), who is about the same age as me. It made me think that their worlds could have been swapped if they had been born in different situations.”

Victoria went on to say: “Looking back at that period there’s an incredible sense of community. It really feels that people looked out for each other.

“Being part of the show really reminds you why the NHS started. I know we bemoan it and there are things that are wrong, but we can’t lose it!”

Catch Victoria and Holli (pictured together) in action on BBC1, at 8pm this Sunday.


Elaine Reilly
Writer for TV Times, What’s On TV, TV & Satellite Week and What To Watch

With twenty years of experience as an entertainment journalist, Elaine writes for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and covering a variety of programs from gardening and wildlife to documentaries and drama.


As well as active involvement in the WTW family’s social media accounts, she has been known to get chatty on the red carpet and wander into the odd podcast. 

After a day of previewing TV, writing about TV and interviewing TV stars, Elaine likes nothing than to relax… by watching TV.