Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee comes from privileged upbringing. After a time training in France, she accepts a job in Poplar expecting Nonnatus House to be a normal private hospital.

Jenny Lee from Call the Midwife

When she arrives, she is in for a shock. Not only is Nonnatus a convent, but the area of Poplar in 1957 is far removed from her Home Counties background. However, as an open-minded 22 year-old she soon adapts to the poverty around her and learns to accept the people around her and the limitations imposed upon her work.

After the tragic death of Alec, who she begins dating having met him through her best friend Jimmy, she meets and eventually marries Phillip Worth, the cousin of a pregnant patient.

Jessica Raine as Jenny Lee and George Rainsford as best friend Jimmy.

Jessica Raine as Jenny Lee and George Rainsford as best friend Jimmy.

Ultimately, Jenny decides her future is in caring for patients with terminal illnesses, and leaves to work in Hampstead at the Marie Curie Hospital.

Jenny Lee is played by Jessica Raine

The youngest of two daughters, Raine (real name Jessica Loyd) studied drama and Cultural Studies at Bristol. Rejected by a number of drama schools, she took time out to travel around Thailand and teach English. She returned to win a place at RADA. Roles on the West End stage and in Ridley Scott's film version of Robin Hood, followed.

Call the Midwife was Jessica's big break. Since then she has played a nanny in the Hammer Horror The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe. She has also played a psychic in Doctor Who and has filmed a part in An Adventure in Time in Space a drama about the origins of the sci-fi series, playing producer Verity Lambert.