Call the Midwife fans spot tricks that hid Helen George’s pregnancy before show break

Call the Midwife fans bid an emotional farewell to midwife Trixie Franklin in a recent episode of the BBC show, as the nurse flew to Portofino to look after her sick aunt.

That’s because in real life the actress that plays her, Helen George, took some time out of filming the much-loved series to give birth to her own baby – second daughter Lark.

Helen and her former co-star Jack Ashton welcomed little Lark in November, a baby sister for their older daughter Wren, four.

And the Call the Midwife cast and crew have been very open about how they kept Helen’s growing bump hidden during filming for series eleven.

Opening up about the ‘clever trickery’ the team thought up, the mum of two said costumes became invaluable in hiding her pregnancy.

Helen explained: “The fashion for Trixie this year has been very 60s, very fun. It's been continuing on the Jackie O theme with some lovely twin sets.”

She continued: “But I am pregnant this year, so we are trying to use some clever trickery in the costumes to try and hide the bump slightly because it's not really appropriate that Trixie should be pregnant in this series.”

Helen added: “So poor Claire the costume designer has been working hard to try and get some wonderfully fashionable suits that hide the ever growing bump.”

The filming tricks didn’t go unnoticed with eagle-eyed viewers who were tuning in from their sofas, either.

Many have taken to social media to say they’ve enjoyed trying to spot the way Helen hid her pregnancy as the series went on and praised the team for getting inventive.

Pointing out the clever camera angles and Helen hiding behind props, one said: “I’m living for the ways Call The Midwife is trying to hide Trixie’s pregnancy.”

While another messaged Helen directly, saying: “You looked amazing on Call the Midwife. Loving the way they are filming you, covering bump with clever camera work, clothing and props.”

A third wrote: “Clever camera work has been abundant this series of Call the Midwife, not just for you but to enable Covid safety during filming. Well done all involved & Congratulations Helen xx.”

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This comes after former Strictly star Helen George recently responded to a few critical comments about her being pregnant while filming the show.

The actress took to Twitter and said: “I’ve seen too many ridiculous comments about my pregnancy whilst filming @CallTheMidwife1 (also thank you for the lovely comments!)”

She added: “Women get pregnant, our bodies change. But we have the right to work if we choose to do so. How about just supporting it, and don’t question it?”

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