Laura Main

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Laura Main
Born(1981-03-08) 8 March 1981 (age 33)
Aberdeen, Scotland
OccupationActress / Singer
Years active2002–present
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Laura Main
Born(1981-03-08) 8 March 1981 (age 33)
Aberdeen, Scotland
OccupationActress / Singer
Years active2002–present

Laura Main is a Scottish singer and actress known for her role as Sister Bernadette and later Shelagh Turner in the BBC1 drama series Call the Midwife.[1]


Laura Main went to school at the Hazlehead Academy[2] and took dance lessons at the Danscentre in Aberdeen.[3] She then studied art history at university, also in Aberdeen, before starting drama school at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[4]


Main started performing in musical theatre at the age of 11 when she debuted in the role of a Von Trapp child in a stage production of The Sound of Music. At the age of 13 she landed a role as Annie.[1] She has performed on stage in several productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She recently appeared in the Stephen Sondheim musical Company. In 2011 she was cast as Sister Bernadette in the hit BBC series Call the Midwife. Main also features as a soloist in several tracks on the Call the Midwife album released in February 2013.


2002Is Harry on the Boat?Rival Club RepTV series
2003The Forsyte Saga: To LetMary McKenzieTV mini-series (1 episode)
Trevor's World of SportnurseTV series
2004Monarch of the GlenJaynie CresswellTV series (1 episode: #6.4)
Murder CityDC Alison BainTV series (10 episodes, 2004-2006)
2007Holby CityJulia MasonTV series (1 episode: After the Fall)
2010The Invisible Atomic Monsters from MarsBeth
Rob and Valentyna in ScotlandWaitress in Pubshort
2011Holby CityDiedre HunterTV series (1 episode: What You mean by Home)
DoctorsAmanda LuckhurstTV series (1 episode: Lasso the Moon)
2012–presentCall the MidwifeSister Bernadette/Shelagh TurnerTV series (15 episodes)
2014Father BrownDorothy UnderwoodTV series (1 episode: The Maddest of All)


YearPlay titleRoleNotes
1992The Sound of MusicLouisa von Trapp[5]His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen
1996Aberdeen Student Show: The Good, the Bad and the Buttery[6]His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen
1997Aberdeen Student Show: Scaffie SocietyJudy Free[6]His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen
1998Aberdeen Student Show: From Rubislaw with LoveShauna Connery[6]His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen
Alice in WonderlandEdith/Eaglet (understudy Alice)Royal Shakespeare Company [7]
2002As You Like ItPhoebe[8]Regents Park Open Air Theatre
Romeo and JulietJulietRegents Park Open Air Theatre
2006Young WoodleyMaudeFinborough Theatre
Tea and SympathyLaura ReynoldsFinborough Theatre
2007All I want for ChristmasIrina VanevskayaUpstairs at the Gatehouse
2008On the Island of AarsMorag McMacPleasance Courtyard Edinburgh
2009State FairMargy FrakeFinborough Theatre
Super Alice SmithCarlyTrafalgar Studios
2010State FairMargy FrakeTrafalgar Studios
Me and JulietJeanieFinborough Theatre
2011CompanySusanSouthwark Playhouse
2012Robin HoodMaid MarionQueen's Theatre Barnstaple
2013The Lost DragonHarlow Playhouse


  1. ^ a b "Call The Midwife Album Laura Main Interview". Female First. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Aberdeen actress stars in new BBC TV series". Evening Express. 14 January 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Past pupils and alumni at danscentre". danscentre. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Laura Main". Spotlight. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Massey, Paul (2 May 1997). "Theatre Scaffie Society, His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen". The Herald. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Alice in Wonderland". Theatricalia. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Hodges, Amanda (June 2002). "As You Like It". London Theatre Guide. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 

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