Who is Sister Veronica in Call the Midwife? All you need to know

Rebecca Gethings as Sister Veronica in Call the Midwife stands outside Nonnatus House dressed in a white wimple, navy cardigan and smock.
Sister Veronica (Rebecca Gethings) ruffles feathers when she joins the team at Nonnatus House in Call the Midwife. (Image credit: Neal Street Productions, BBC)

Call the Midwife is used to welcoming plenty of new arrivals and Call the Midwife season 12 will see an intriguing fresh face move into Nonnatus House — forthright nun Sister Veronica.

Following the Call the Midwife Christmas special 2022, Sister Veronica will make her debut in the opening episode of the 12th season, set in 1968.

But who is Sister Veronica? And who plays her? Here’s everything you need to know about Poplar’s newest resident…  

When does Sister Veronica join Call the Midwife?

The nun makes her first appearance in episode one of the 12th season, airing in the UK on New Year’s Day on BBC One at 8pm. 

In the US, the season will premiere on PBS on March 19, 2023. New episodes will be released Sundays at 8/7c.

Sister Veronica (Rebecca Gethings) in a nun's habit stands in the street outside Nonnatus House with open arms in Call the Midwife.

Sister Veronica (Rebecca Gethings) ruffles feathers on her arrival at Nonnatus House. (Image credit: Neal Street Productions, BBC)

Who is Sister Veronica in Call the Midwife?

The caring but no-nonsense nun, who has a passion for marmalade, is drafted in to join Sister Julienne (Jenny Agutter) and the rest of the medical team at Nonnatus House and work as a health visitor in the community. She has previously worked in Hong Kong alongside formidable Mother Superior Mother Mildred (Miriam Margolyes).

She soon gets stuck into her job, but her jolly, can-do attitude leaves Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) rather rattled. Meanwhile, Sister Veronica also causes a stir when handyman Fred (Cliff Parisi) tries to find her a suitable bike for her to use on her rounds, but she prefers another means of transport — a nippy moped!

Sister Veronica (Rebecca Gethings) in a nun's habit riding a blue and white moped, while Trixie (Helen George) and Nancy (Megan Cusack) in nurses' uniforms follow behind on bikes in Call the Midwife

Sister Veronica (Rebecca Gethings) takes to the road with her colleagues in Call the Midwife. (Image credit: Neal Street Productions, BBC)

Who plays Sister Veronica?

Sister Veronica is played by Rebecca Gethings.

“Sister Veronica has been working as a midwife, but she's come as a health visitor to Nonnatus House. She doesn't really read social situations the same way as other people. She has a good heart and she means well but she puts her foot in it a lot and she ruffles feathers. She's not shy and retiring, she just bustles in because she wants to make a change. And if she has to tell little fibs, then she will…,” says Gethings, who is thrilled to be joining the cast.

“I can't believe my luck! Everyone's been so welcoming and patient. And to be a fan of the show and then to be involved in it is just amazing. But wearing the wimple is very noisy, it's like being inside a crisp packet!”

Where have you seen Rebecca Gethings before?

The actor, who was born in Canada and brought up in the UK, has made several appearances in a range of hit comedy shows. In political sitcom The Thick of It, she starred as Helen Hatley, an advisor to clueless MP Nicola Murray (Rebecca Front), while she has also featured in the likes of Extras, Feel Good, Veep and Breeders as well as Ricky Gervais’ film David Brent: Life on the Road. 

She most recently appeared as Queen Eleanor in Starz/Liongate's Catherine de Medici period drama The Serpent Queen and provides the voice of Ethel Cratchit in Netflix’s Scrooge: A Christmas Carol.

Caren Clark

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.

Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.

Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.

In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.