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Bryony Hannah is a British actress who's best known as nurse turned nun Cynthia Miller/Sister Mary Cynthia on Call the Midwife.

Early Life[]

The daughter of a teacher and a retired Royal Navy lieutenant-commander, Hannah comes from Portsmouth, and after leaving school worked in a pub in Southampton. She was then accepted to RADA, having won a Laurence Olivier Bursary.


Hannah received an Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for her role as Mary Tilford in The Children's Hour. Several reviews of that production mentioned that Hannah was a "virtual unknown" and "stole the show."

Her other stage roles include performances in Earthquakes in London, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Pillowman, The Merry Wives of Windsor and War Horse. In 2017, she appeared in the posthumous premiere of Olivier Award winner Kevin Elyot's final play Twilight Song, alongside Adam Garcia and Paul Higgins.[citation needed]

She also appeared in Dead Boss as Christine and provided the voice of Padget, Pando's carer, in the CBeebies TV series Bing.

She is best known for her work on Call the Midwife. Her character, Nurse Cynthia Miller, was in the initial cast of characters of series one. During the course of the show, Cynthia decided she was being called to a religious life, and she became a nun. Her character lived as a nun at Nonnatus House, where she also worked as a midwife. Hannah left the series after series six.

Personal Life[]

In 2014, Hannah gave birth to her first child.