The husband and wife team involved in BBC drama Call the Midwife surprised the real deal at Northwick Park during the presentation of the Sister Gwen Richardson Midwifery Award.
Screen writer Heidi Thomas and husband Stephen McGann, who plays Doctor Patrick Turner in the long-running series, were among the online guests who congratulated winner Angela Braithwaite and finalists Hazel Mashingaidze and Hayley Cooper.
Stephen ‘presented’ the awards online saying: “You are the stars of our series and do something fantastic which we try and represent. The story we tell has always been your story as midwifes.”
The award was originally set up by Gwen Richardson’s three daughters in memory of their mother who worked as a midwife Central Middlesex Hospital in the 1940s and 50s before having her own children. It recognises midwives who reflect the award’s ethos of care, commitment and dedication.
Heidi Thomas added: “I have a deep respect for you all and know that you are unforgettable to anyone whose lives you touch. It’s a privilege to be part of these awards today.”