Laura Main

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Laura Main
Born (1981-03-08) 8 March 1981 (age 39)
Years active2002–present

Laura Main is a Scottish actress known for her role as Sister Bernadette (later Dr. Turner's wife Shelagh Turner) in the BBC1 drama series Call the Midwife.[1]

Early life & Education[edit]

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.[2]

Laura Main went to school at the Hazlehead Academy[3] and took dance lessons at the Danscentre in Aberdeen.[4] She then studied history at the University of Aberdeen, before starting drama school at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[5]


Main started performing in musical theatre at the age of 14 when she landed the role of Annie with Phoenix Youth Theatre.[1][6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.


Year Film/TV Role Notes
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")


Year Play title Role Notes
1991 Annie Annie[6] Aberdeen Arts Centre
1992 The Sound of Music Louisa von Trapp[9] His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen
1996 Aberdeen Student Show: The Good, the Bad and the Buttery [10] His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen
1997 Aberdeen Student Show: Scaffie Society Judy Free[10] His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen
1998 Aberdeen Student Show: From Rubislaw with Love Shauna Connery[10] His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen
2001 Company Amy
Alice in Wonderland Edith/Eaglet (understudy Alice) Royal Shakespeare Company [11]
2002 As You Like It Phoebe[12] 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
2011 Company Susan Southwark Playhouse
2012 Robin Hood Maid Marion Queen's Theatre Barnstaple
2013 The Lost Dragon Harlow Playhouse
2017 Shrek the Musical Princess Fiona UK tour


  1. ^ a b "Call The Midwife Album Laura Main Interview". Female First. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  2. ^ "The Midwife called and actress answered". Tribune News Service. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Aberdeen actress stars in new BBC TV series". Evening. 14 January 2012. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Past pupils and alumni at danscentre". danscentre. Archived from the original on 28 August 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b "Aberdeen theatre company celebrates 25 years of top talent - Evening Express". Evening Express. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
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  8. ^ "My lovestruck nun's been a gift from God, says TV star Laura Main". Daily Record. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Laura Main". Spotlight. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  10. ^ a b c Massey, Paul (2 May 1997). "Theatre Scaffie Society, His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen". The Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Alice in Wonderland". Theatricalia. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  12. ^ Hodges, Amanda (June 2002). "As You Like It". London Theatre Guide. Retrieved 26 March 2013.

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