Jewish Actor’s Splash Is Nun Of Your Business

This article was first published in The Times of Israel.

“Call the Midwife” fans have closely followed the romance between Caplan’s police constable and a nurse played by Miranda Hart. (Laurence Cendrowicz/Neal Street Productions)

“Call the Midwife” fans have closely followed the romance between Caplan’s police constable and a nurse played by Miranda Hart. (Laurence Cendrowicz/Neal Street Productions)

Ben Caplan grew up in a tight-knit, traditional Jewish community in North London, but now is spending a lot of time with Anglican nuns in the East End.

The actor has not abandoned his faith, but rather stars in “Call the Midwife,” a period drama about the lives of midwives and nuns at a nursing convent in one of the British capital’s poorest and grittiest neighborhoods in the late 1950s. The most successful new BBC One drama in a decade, its second season will begin airing Sunday in the US on PBS.

“We believed it would be a great project, but I don’t think any of us thought it would be as popular as it is,” the London-based Caplan told The Times of Israel last month from Los Angeles.

Though no longer as religiously observant as he once was, Caplan, 38, is nonetheless attracted to projects with religious settings and themes. He says he immediately saw the universality and spiritual power of “Call the Midwife” while reading the memoirs by Jennifer Worth on which the series is based.

“It’s set at Nonnatus House, this religious household. The religious overtone is the heart of what goes on in ‘Call The Midwife,’ ” he said.

Caplan feels honored to be one of only three male actors with recurring roles. He plays Police Constable Peter Noakes, who works at the local precinct and becomes the love interest of one of the midwives.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

 

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