‘Call the Midwife’ season 4: Jessica Raine vows to still watch despite exit
Can Jessica Raine turn from the star of “Call the Midwife” to one of the BBC series’ most-loyal viewers? If nothing else, she is pretty keen to try.
Only a matter of days after her final scenes as Jenny Lee were filmed, the network has confirmed her exit from the series. Not only that, a new statement that has come out via the actress herself explains a little bit while she is leaving in the first place. Like many before her (Jessica Brown Findlay on “Downton Abbey,” for example) this seems to be born out of a desire to try out feature films:
“As is in keeping with Jenny’s story, it’s time for me to explore pastures new. So it is with a head full of wonderful memories that I leave my friends and a show that I know will continue to go from strength to strength. I too will be tuning into series four and blubbing with the nation … It’s been a real privilege to help bring Jenny Lee’s story alive and amazingly satisfying to see how the public have embraced the series.”
Do we feel like Raine is going to be successful as a movie star? It’s hard to say, but there is a massive surge right now in British actors finding roles on American TV and film. So if she does come out to Los Angeles, the odds are very much in her favor that she could find some other work.
The BBC also added the following to the official statement on the subject of Raine’s future:
“Like Jenny Lee herself, Jessica is keen to explore new ventures. Jennifer Worth worked as a midwife for just a few years, but the nuns remained in the East End for another quarter of a century. Her friendship with the Order lasted a lifetime, and inspired her to immortalise them in her memoirs. Call The Midwife will carry on with that fascinating and emotional story, celebrating the people of Poplar, and the much-loved residents of Nonnatus House. We wish Jessica all the love and luck in the world as she cycles off into her future.”
The network also said that Vanessa Redgrave will continue on as the narrator of the series, even though we don’t necessary feel that the show really needs one given the nature of the stories being what they are.
Do you think Raine will pull off this new career? Let us know your thoughts.
March 28, 2014 @ 3:13 am
Take this as true from one of Jessica Raine’s Superfans and Admin to her fan sites in Social Media. Yes Jess has gone, where did these reports about Hollywood come from????? Yes she is keen to star in film but she is keen to explore other areas such as comedy and theatre as Jess started out on stage in Harper Regan in 2008. Since then she has starred in 7 other stage productions.
Right now I can tell you she is currently filming Fortitude a brand new drama for Sky Atlantic.
The lady that commented about her dislike to Jess, you should watch other things she is in because in reality Jess is nothing like Jenny Lee
March 13, 2014 @ 3:06 pm
I for one am glad of her departure and doubt seriously that I would watch anything that she is cast in. I didn’t care much for her character and I thought she did an okay job of acting her part, but she just rubs me the wrong way – I tried to like her, but frankly, I’m very happy to see her gone!
I’m sad that Chummy’s role has been diluted to the point of being droll-like. She was and still is my favorite character and I wish they would stop with the whiny husband stuff, and let Chummy bloom into the character that she could be.
March 12, 2014 @ 9:54 am
Another badly written article…congratulations to all involved…do you people edit at all??
March 13, 2014 @ 3:10 pm
I’ve come to the conclusion that the competition in the blogosphere is so great that no one can be bothered with the time it takes to proof-read anything. I will agree, it makes for a tough read – forcing the reader to try to interpret the writers intent or meaning.