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With a successful career in theatre, British actress Jennifer Kirby has made her transition to television in 2017, when she joined the cast of Call the Midwife. Highly acclaimed for her stage performances, Jennifer followed her unwavering love for acting in front of the camera, playing ex-army nurse Valerie Dyer, whom she describes as a true trailblazer. Jennifer has recently completed her third series as Valerie and has been long listed for a National Television Award for “Best Dramatic Performance” for her work on the programme.

A graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), Jennifer credits her education as having a pivotal role in launching her career. Iconic roles, memorable performances, award nominations, and critical acclaim – they all describe Jennifer Kirby’s career so far, and set the tone for what to expect from her in the future.

Elena Stanciu: You decided to become an actress at quite a young age and had a love-at-first-walk-on-stage type of experience – have you since had any doubts about your career choice?

Jennifer Kirby: I wouldn’t say doubts particularly – I’ve known since I was fifteen that it’s the only thing I want to do. Being an actor is tough at times – I can’t deny that. You get a lot of knock-backs and the odds are seldom in your favour. It takes a lot of stubbornness and a lot of picking yourself up and starting again! Like most, I’ve doubted being good enough, and I thought at times that it might not work out, but I’ve never doubted my love for acting.

ES: What are you most proud of professionally?

JK: Getting into the Royal Shakespeare Company and of course being cast on Call the Midwife (which I consider to be one of the most progressive and subversive programmes on television) were hugely proud moments. But I think the most visceral was getting into LAMDA, right at the beginning of it all. I always wanted to go there, and many of my acting heroes were alumni. It felt like the start of my acting career and a bit like a dream.

 

ES: So you started your acting career on stage – what can you tell us about your transition to television? What’s your experience of working on set so far?

JK: They do feel very different, and there’s definitely an adjustment to be made when transitioning from stage to screen. The main difference is that with stage you must reach the very back of the theatre, both vocally and emotionally. Projecting your performance while maintaining realism is the ultimate goal. With screen work, it takes a minute to learn you don’t have to do that, you have to invite the audience to come to you instead. The cameras pick up everything – even the things you don’t realise you’re doing yourself!

ES: In 2017 you joined the cast of Call the Midwife as nurse Valerie Dyer. How did you come to play this role?

JK: I auditioned via various tapes when I was with the RSC in New York. The day I flew back to London, I got off the plane at 7am, changed in a hurry and went straight to meet the producer. Next day I was told I got the role and filming would start the following week. It was very exciting!

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