Laura Main was born in Aberdeen. Her father, Robert, was a fish merchant and her mother, Lorna, was a primary school teacher turned housewife. She has two older sisters, a niece, and two nephews.
Laura Main went to school at the Hazlehead Academy and took dance lessons at the Danscentre in Aberdeen. She then studied art history at the University of Aberdeen, before starting drama school at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Main started performing in musical theatre at the age of 14 when she landed the role of Annie with Phoenix Youth Theatre. At age 15 she debuted in the role of Louisa Von Trapp in a stage production of The Sound of Music. At university she performed as part of the musical society Treading the Boards in Aberdeen. She has performed on stage in several productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2011 she appeared in the Stephen Sondheim musical Company.
In 2011 she was cast as Sister Bernadette in the hit BBC series Call the Midwife. Main features as a soloist in several tracks on the Call the Midwife album released in February 2013. In November 2015 Main won the Children in Need Strictly Come Dancing special with dancer Brendan Cole.
In 2017, Main was cast in the lead role of Princess Fiona, in the second UK tour of Shrek the Musical. Main will share the role with The X Factor contestant Amelia Lily. Main's first performance was on 12 December 2017, at the Edinburgh Playhouse.
|2002||Is Harry on the Boat?||Rival Club Rep||TV series|
|2003||The Forsyte Saga: To Let||Mary McKenzie||TV mini-series (1 episode)|
|Trevor's World of Sport||nurse||TV series|
|2004||Monarch of the Glen||Jaynie Cresswell||TV series (1 episode: #6.4)|
|Murder City||DC Alison Bain||TV series (10 episodes, 2004–2006)|
|2007||Holby City||Julia Mason||TV series (1 episode: After the Fall)|
|2010||The Invisible Atomic Monsters from Mars||Beth|
|Rob and Valentyna in Scotland||Waitress in Pub||short|
|2011||Holby City||Deirdre Hunter||TV series (1 episode: What You mean by Home)|
|Doctors||Amanda Luckhurst||TV series (1 episode: Lasso the Moon)|
|2012–present||Call the Midwife||Sister Bernadette/(Medical) Sister Shelagh Turner||TV series (42 episodes)|
|2014||The Mill||Rebecca Howlett||TV series|
|2014||Father Brown||Dorothy Underwood||TV series (1 episode: The Maddest of All)|
|2016||Doctors||Kate Wilkinson||TV series (1 episode: Living Together)|
|1991||Annie||Annie||Aberdeen Arts Centre|
|1992||The Sound of Music||Louisa von Trapp||His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen|
|1996||Aberdeen Student Show: The Good, the Bad and the Buttery||||His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen|
|1997||Aberdeen Student Show: Scaffie Society||Judy Free||His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen|
|1998||Aberdeen Student Show: From Rubislaw with Love||Shauna Connery||His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen|
|Alice in Wonderland||Edith/Eaglet (understudy Alice)||Royal Shakespeare Company |
|2002||As You Like It||Phoebe||Regents Park Open Air Theatre|
|Romeo and Juliet||Juliet||Regents Park Open Air Theatre|
|2006||Young Woodley||Maude||Finborough Theatre|
|Tea and Sympathy||Laura Reynolds||Finborough Theatre|
|2007||All I want for Christmas||Irina Vanevskaya||Upstairs at the Gatehouse|
|2008||On the Island of Aars||Morag McMac||Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh|
|2009||State Fair||Margy Frake||Finborough Theatre|
|Super Alice Smith||Carly||Trafalgar Studios|
|2010||State Fair||Margy Frake||Trafalgar Studios|
|Me and Juliet||Jeanie||Finborough Theatre|
|2012||Robin Hood||Maid Marion||Queen's Theatre Barnstaple|
|2013||The Lost Dragon||Harlow Playhouse|
|2017||Shrek the Musical||Princess Fiona||UK tour|
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- "The Midwife called and actress answered". pressreader.com. Tribune News Service. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
- "Midwife superstar: Call The Midwife's Laura Main reveals all". Daily Mail Online (UK). 30 November 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
- "Aberdeen actress stars in new BBC TV series". Evening. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- "Past pupils and alumni at danscentre". danscentre. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
- Hendry, Steve (3 February 2013). "Call the Midwife star Laura Main: Playing Sister Bernadette has been the answer to my prayers". Daily Record. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- "Aberdeen theatre company celebrates 25 years of top talent - Evening Express". Evening Express. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "My lovestruck nun's been a gift from God, says TV star Laura Main". dailyrecord.co.uk. Daily Record. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
- "Laura Main". Spotlight. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
- Massey, Paul (2 May 1997). "Theatre Scaffie Society, His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen". The Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
- "Alice in Wonderland". Theatricalia. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
- Hodges, Amanda (June 2002). "As You Like It". London Theatre Guide. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
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