Salford student makes TV debut to millions in BBC's Call the Midwife

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A University of Salford student has made her TV acting debut to millions of viewers in the BBC’s long-running period drama series Call the Midwife.

BA Media and Performance student Lucy Burrows appeared as the feisty teenager Heather in the BBC One series’ most recent episode on Sunday 5 February in which her character gives birth and has to come to terms with being a mother whilst dealing with her unsupportive parents.

Lucy’s breakthrough performance saw her share numerous scenes with star Helen George, who plays the character Trixie Franklin, and was shot over nine days back in September 2022 just as she was settling in for her first few weeks at Salford with her parents repeatedly driving her up and down the country to the set in Surrey.

The 19-year-old was sworn to secrecy on her role and admitted that she felt ‘a lot of relief’ to be finally able to talk about her performance following the episode’s airing.

She said: “I had to keep it a secret for five months so I just felt a lot of relief to have it out there. It’s a massive show and I’ve had so many lovely messages from people who have been so supportive of my performance.

“I had gone home before the weekend so I could watch it with my family. There was such a big build up to that day and my family were all bunched up together watching it. It took me about 15 minutes just be able to relax and watch the show as a viewer and not just focus on my performance. I found the first few scenes very nerve-wracking.”

Lucy has been acting on stage through youth groups since the age of nine and previously fronted a campaign advertisement for homelessness charity Centrepoint as well as playing an extra in the Apple TV+ miniseries The Essex Serpent where she filmed a number of background scenes and had an on-screen interaction with British actress Hayley Squires.

She said that the experience on Midwife has emboldened her thinking to pursue her career in acting.

“When I was on the set, I felt like I was in my element. Just being able to say that I was going to ‘work’ and that work involved doing something I had always wanted to do was an amazing feeling. I broke down in tears on the last day of shooting as I couldn’t believe it was all over.

“I learned so much, particularly from Helen who was so lovely and helped teach me on working with the camera. She told me to look at the eye closest to the camera when speaking to another cast member and I found that instantly helpful for me when it came to shooting.

“I feel a lot better about myself now as a performer and I think it’s shown others just how serious I am about this as a career.”

Lucy is continuously pursuing more acting work to fit around her studies at Salford and chose the University after hearing glowing reports from graduates of the course.

She added: “I came to Salford as I had heard from a few people when I was looking at my next career step that they loved the course here and I’m really enjoying it so far.”

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