Sister Monica Joan

Born into a leading titled family, Sister Monica Joan was one of the first women in Britain to qualify as a midwife.

In the closing years of the 19th century, this was seen as a radical act. Her additional decision to become a nun scandalised her relatives, who never came to terms with her life choices. She dedicated her entire adult life to providing midwifery services to the poor of the East End. Now in her 90's, Sister Monica Joan has retired from practice, but lives full-time at Nonnatus House, cared for by her fellow sisters. She has an eccentric, mercurial personality, and is obsessed with cake, astrology and knitting, in no particular order.

Judy Parfitt who plays Sister Monica says about her character: “She comes from a good family and she’s an innocent. She’s very eccentric but she’s also getting dementia so she’s in and out of reality which makes it really interesting to play because it’s a very difficult line to get through.”