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Leonie Elliott, 32, is best known for playing beloved Nurse Lucille Anderson in the BBC series Call the Midwife. Speaking to Express.co.uk and other media during a recent Q&A, Elliott spoke about how she deals with “difficult” scenes as well as the support she receives from her co-stars.

Call the Midwife has never shied away from dealing with difficult storylines.

Over its 10 years on air, it has covered everything from incest to thalidomide poisoning.

Asked recently about filming difficult moments, Lucille star Elliott opened up about her personal experiences.

She said: “I think, when you speak of that, the storylines that come to mind are the storylines where we’re dealing with racism because they’re personally quite difficult to film.”

As viewers will know, ever since Lucille joined the show in series seven, she has had to deal with some harrowing moments.

The character was the first West Indian character to arrive at Nonnatus House.

Since then, the series has tackled racist slurs used against her as well as discrimination.

While Elliott admitted these moments were difficult, she also explained how supportive her fellow cast members had been.

She continued: “And, the cast in that situation are very supportive.

“These are not regular cast members, but some of our guest stars have apologised after takes.

“I mean we know it’s acting but they’ve taken their support to an even further level by apologising afterwards.

“But I think it’s in those sort of situations it’s always nice to have a very calm set and just have actors that are very supportive.

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“And I mean to apologise afterwards, of course they don’t have to, but the fact that they do, it just makes you feel a lot more comfortable and supported by everyone.”

This is not the first time Elliott has opened up about Lucille’s experience being personal to her.

One of the reasons she decided to take the role was because of her family history.

She has previously revealed her own family moved over to Britain from the Caribbean in the 1960s.

This all made her keen to join the show as soon as she heard about the part.

Speaking to the Radio Times back when she first joined, she said: “I felt I had an instant connection to the character.

“There was lots of synchronicity between my family and Lucille’s family.

“My dad’s sister came from Jamaica to the UK to train as a nurse, and my mother’s family are actually from the same parish as Lucille, Mandeville.”

Call the Midwife returns with series 10 on BBC One, Sunday at 8pm.

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