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Ben Caplan quits Call The Midwife to pursue ‘edgier’ roles

 

‘I’m honoured to have been part it’: Ben Caplan quits Call The Midwife to pursue ‘edgier’ roles… but is ‘sure’ he and Miranda Hart will return

He has appeared on the series as Sergeant Peter Noakes since the very first episode in 2012.

But Ben Caplan has announced he is quitting BBC series Call The Midwife, as he wants the chance to play some ‘edgier’ characters.

The actor, 42, said in a statement on Thursday that he is ‘honoured’ to have been part of the journey, but is excited to ‘show a little bit more diversity’ in different and more modern roles.

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The father-of-two is a fan favourite as the sweet police constable on the show, who married Miranda Hart’s character Camilla ‘Chummy’ Browne.

However Ben admitted that he feels as an actor it is good to ‘keep his foot’ in the world of theatre too, so is leaving to pursure roles onstage.

He said: ‘It’s been lovely to have been there since the beginning, an amazing roller coaster ride, and I’m honoured to have been part of the whole journey.’But there comes a point six years down the line that, as an actor, it’s good to keep my foot in with the theatre world and exploring other roles.’

‘Much as I love playing Peter Noakes, it’s great to go off and play some more edgy characters and show a little bit more diversity.’

However he also assured fans not to be too distressed regarding his absence – as he remains ‘sure’ he and on-screen wife Miranda will return to the show in the future.

He said: ‘I’m taking a break to concentrate on other things. But the door is very much open for both myself and Miranda and I’m sure we’ll make an appearance again.’

The British actor is now preparing to star in Theatre Royal Bath’s 40th anniversary production of Abigail’s Party, alongside Sherlock star Amanda Abbington.

The show opens at the Oxford Playhouse on April 4, and tours on to Cambridge, Malvern and Richmond.

Ben’s departure comes after his on-screen wife Miranda Hart also bid farewell to the series.

In August last year, the comedienne revealed she would not be returning to the period drama due to her busy working schedule.

However the 44-year-old hinted during a stand-up in gig last month that she had been suffering from ‘ill health’, which had led to her sudden departure. The Sun quotes her saying: ‘I don’t feel myself at the moment, because I was ill last year and I wasn’t able to exercise.’

Moving on: Ben Caplan has announced he is quitting BBC series Call The Midwife, as he wants the chance to play some ‘edgier’ characters b-error

Stalwart: He has appeared on the series as Sergeant Peter Noakes since the very first episode in 2012 b-error

Fan favourites: The father-of-two is a fan favourite as the sweet police constable on the show, who married Miranda Hart’s character Camilla ‘Chummy’ Browne (L)

Next chapter: However Ben admitted that he feels as an actor it is good to ‘keep his foot’ in the world of theatre too, so is leaving to pursure roles onstage

They’ll be back: However he also assured fans not to be too distressed regarding his absence – as he remains ‘sure’ he and on-screen wife Miranda will return to the show in the future

Screen to stage: The British actor is now preparing to star in Theatre Royal Bath’s 40th anniversary production of Abigail’s Party, alongside Sherlock star Amanda Abbington

They’re off: Ben’s departure comes after his on-screen wife Miranda Hart (L) also bid farewell to the series in August last year, citing her busy schedule as the reason

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4362676/Ben-Caplan-quits-Call-Midwife-pursue-edgier-roles.html

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