This Christmas, when you turn on the telly and get transported to 1960's Poplar, maybe you will remember bits of the 2013 Call the Midwife Christmas special. I know I have seen that a few times, and remember one scene perfectly clearly... The scene where our baby made her very first TV-appearance.
When the video hits 0:29, that is our baby. 11 days old. On BBC. And what a performance! She was the most perfect newborn actress, waking up and nodding off at the precise moment.
It was quite random how we ended up getting into Call the Midwife. When I was at a check-up at our local hospital a few weeks before giving birth I saw a flyer looking for newborns for TV-series. So I signed her up in advance of her birth, thinking it would be something fun and special to do.
|Daddy teaching her the script|
When we got to the Call the Midwife filming location we were met straightaway by a midwife. She was quite funny and introduced herself as a midwife, "a proper NHS one, not an actor" assuring us that she delivered her last baby only a weekend ago and that we and our baby would be in capable hands during filming.
|Mummy getting the little TV star ready for her close-up|
We got to watch the filming from the screens in the room next door, assured that the "proper NHS" midwife was always at an arm's length away from our baby, ready to take her and soothe her if anything would happen. To be honest, she dozed through most of the filming, but she did wake up for that final take, opening her eyes at the perfect moment and looked at her actress-mom before yawning a little and falling asleep again. The producer sitting with us had a massive smile on her face and made the "perfect sign" with both her hands. It was such a great take.
Coincidentally, her TV birth was the same type of a birth we had in real life (forceps) which I found quite amusing. Talk about a coincidence!
She did another scene as well, doubling up as another baby for stock footage I think. We got to chat with Jenny Agutter afterwards as well, who was lovely and came to say hi to us after filming. It was just as I was breastfeeding my little one, so didn't talk for too long and can't actually remember what we even talked about. My husband was chuffed to bits about meeting her, and found it funny she introduced herself because apparently "of course we know she was Jenny Agutter".
Our little one was also featured in the ITV drama series Breathless, starring Jack Davenport, in another newborn role. She was more of a drama queen during that shoot, crying her eyes out during the filming and then promptly pooping on my Ugg boots, jeans and everywhere... Funny afterwards, not at the time, but maybe that is a story for another time. Sadly she didn't get as much screen time on that drama, but we do have it in our private records.