Former student at Queen Alexandra College makes her screen debut in BBC drama ‘Call the Midwife’

Posted on 4th Mar 2019 in School News

Former Queen Alexandra College performing arts student Poppy Barrett has appeared in the final episode of BBC period drama ‘Call the Midwife’ which aired on Sunday evening.

Poppy, who studied BTEC Performing Arts at the specialist college between 2014 and 2017, starred as Jane, the girlfriend of Reggie, during the final scenes beneath the mirrorball at Shelagh’s charity dance as series eight came to an emotional end.

Queen Alexandra College is a national specialist residential college and charity for people with disabilities based in Harborne, Birmingham. The College provides education, training and routes to independent living and employment.

Principal and Chief Executive Bev Jessop commented: “We are delighted for Poppy on her amazing achievement. We all eagerly tuned into last night’s episode and we weren’t disappointed. Poppy has a bright future ahead and we wish her continued success, we are very proud!”

‘Call the Midwife’ is a BBC period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The series was created by Heidi Thomas, originally based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth who worked with the Community of St. John the Divine, an Anglican religious order, at their convent in the East End in London. The order was founded as a nursing order in 1849.

The first series, set in 1957, premiered in the UK on 15 January 2012. It achieved very high ratings in its first series, making it the most successful new drama series on BBC One since 2001.