Miranda Hart's character Chummy was one of the most hilarious and best loved nurses at Nonnatus House on Call The Midwife, but fans of the show will have noticed that Miranda has been noticeably absent from the recent series of the drama. And at a stand-up show in London, the comedian appeared to confirm the real reason behind her mysterious absence.
Miranda had previously explained she couldn't film the sixth season because of a busy schedule and prior work commitments, despite
having initially confirmed that Chummy would be making a comeback.
Back in April 2016, the production company for Call The Midwife announced, "We've been bursting to share the news Chummy has left the mother and baby unit and is heading back to Poplar for series six! We're thrilled to be once again featuring Miranda Hart." However, Miranda later went on to confirm that the news was no longer true, tweeting...
News: it's with a heavy heart that having shared Chummy's return to CTM, I've not been able to birth (pun) the schedule to make it work. xx— Miranda Hart (@mermhart) August 18, 2016
But at her stand-up show recently, she has said, "I don't feel myself at the moment because I was ill last year and wasn't able to exercise." This is the first time that the actress has eluded to having been under the weather during the past year - which could explain why she hasn't been putting in an appearance on the BBC One show's sixth season.
The actress also missed out on appearing in the last two seasons of the programme, series four and five, due to her busy schedule, last appearing as Chummy in 2013.
In August 2016, Miranda was also forced to quit a revival of Frankie Howerd's Up Pompeii, with the planned sitcom actually being pulled altogether shortly after she cancelled her appearance in it.
But things appear to be on the up for the much-loved comedian, as it's recently been announced that she will play Miss Hannigan in a new West End production of Annie, which she has admitted has been a ‘surprise for her', but a "dream come true." Opening night for the show will be 5th June 2017, and Miranda is set to play the rather miserable orphanage boss until 17th September 2017. Tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday 17th February.