Laura Main, who plays former nun Shelagh Turner in Call the Midwife, has revealed that she’s secretly split from her partner of five years, theatre actor Stephen McGlynn.
“If anyone were to look on the internet they would think I was still in a relationship,” she said. “But let’s just say I am now single.”
Aberdeen-born Laura wouldn’t go into details about the break-up.
The couple met when they both starred in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical State Fair.
Two years ago, Laura revealed that work commitments meant they saw little of each other. Stephen was appearing in Mamma Mia! in the evenings, while she was getting up early to film Call The Midwife.
“Our schedules are completely out of sync,” she joked at the time.
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“In fact, it’s actually got to the point where we are watching different DVD box sets; I’m on Top of the Lake and he’s engrossed in Dexter – Lord knows what a relationship counsellor would make of that!
“But when we have odd days off together, we like to see a matinee at the theatre or cinema.”
On the show, Laura’s character is happily married to Dr Patrick Turner, played by Stephen McGann.
The on-screen couple became adoptive parents to daughter Angela, three, after being told they couldn’t conceive naturally.
Laura has grown fond of her TV daughter, played by Alice Brown. “We have about ten days of filming with Alice in each series, and we have become like little friends,” says Laura.
“She’s like one of my nieces, she’s adorable. And it has been incredible seeing the difference in her each year.”
At the end of the last series, Shelagh gave birth to her “miracle baby” Teddy.