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Call the Midwife's Helen George breaks silence on show future after exit rumours

Helen George as Nurse Trixie Franklin in Call the Midwife
Helen George as Nurse Trixie Franklin in Call the Midwife (Neal Street Productions/Emma Barrott)

Call the Midwife star Helen George has opened up about her future on the BBC show following speculation about her departure at the end of series 13.

Both Helen, who plays Trixie Franklin, and her co-star Olly Rix – aka Matthew Aylward – were rumoured to be leaving the show in series 13 in a report published by The Sun.

Helen George as Trixie Franklin on Call the Midwife
Helen George opened up about her future on the show (Olly Courtney)

Speaking to The Times in a new interview ahead of her West End return in The King and I, the 39-year-old said: "I don't know what the plan is," adding: "Like in life, you just never know what's going to happen."

She went on to say that nevertheless, she will stay busy: "I get a bit restless when I have too much time. I don't like to ponder my own thoughts."

Earlier this month, The Sun reported that Helen's character decides to leave at the end of series 13, while Olly had been written out of scripts.

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HELLO! understands that this is not the case, and that Trixie is not leaving Poplar at the end of the new series, while Olly will appear in all of the new episodes. His departure has not been confirmed.

Helen George as Trixie Franklin and Olly Rix as Matthew Aylward in Call the Midwife
Trixie and Matthew tied the knot in the series 12 finale (Laurence Cendrowicz)

Trixie isn't the only character whose future has been uncertain recently. At the end of series 12, fans were left concerned that Nancy (Megan Cusack) might be departing Nonnatus House after being offered a new nursing job in the countryside.

In the series finale, Nancy decided that she would make her decision after Trixie and Matthew's wedding, leaving her future up in the air.

Megan Cusack and Francesca Fullilove as Nancy Corrigan and Colette Corrigan in Call the Midwife
Megan Cusack and Francesca Fullilove as Nancy Corrigan and Colette Corrigan (Andrea Southam)

However, during a recent roundtable discussion, actress Megan revealed that Nancy is still in Poplar in the Christmas special, which sees the nurse move into Nonnatus House with her daughter, Colette.

"Me and my daughter move into Nonnatus House," she said. "We have our own little bedsit, which is very sweet."

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Detailing the new set, Megan added: "It was cute as well because we weren't allowed to see it, especially little Francesca [Fullilove], who plays Colette. She wasn't allowed to see the set until we actually went to film us going in for the first time. So it was a nice little surprise."

Helen George as Trixie Franklin in Call the Midwife Christmas special
Helen George in the Call the Midwife Christmas special (Neal Street Productions/Andrea Southam)

It's not long now until Call the Midwife returns to our screens with its annual festive episode, which begins two weeks before Christmas in 1968 with "Apollo 8 poised to circle the moon".

The Nonnatus House family set out to cheer up Sister Monica Joan, who becomes convinced that she might not see another Christmas.

Call the Midwife cast in Christmas special
Call the Midwife returns to screens in December for the Christmas special (BBC/Neal Street Productions)

Elsewhere, newlyweds Trixie and Matthew prepare for their first Yuletide as husband and wife when Trixie's brother Geoffrey pays them an unexpected visit just days before Christmas day.

Meanwhile, Cyril (Zephryn Taitte) gently intervenes when he "discovers a lost soul living alone in a dilapidated basement flat", and Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett), who is away on her refresher course, attempts to make it home in time for Christmas and is faced with "treacherously heavy snowfall."