Call the Midwife Wiki

Peter Noakes is married to Chummy and father to Freddy. He is portrayed by Ben Caplan.


Peter is first seen at the beginning of the very first episode when he and another Constable try unsuccessfully to break up a brawl in the street between two women, but the arrival of the no-nonsense Sister Evangelina causes the two women to stop fighting. Peter gives Sister Evangelina his uniform tunic, and she places it around the shoulders of one of the women, Pearl Winston, who is heavily pregnant, and she leads her home.

Peter and Chummy first met in S01E02 when she was trying to learn to ride her bicycle and accidentally crashed into him. During the course of the first series, their relationship progresses smoothly until Chummy breaks up with him due to pressure from her upper-class mother who clearly doesn't approve of her daughter dating a lowly policeman. However, Chummy finally decides to follow her heart and, defying her mother, marries Peter in the first series finale.

In Series Two, Chummy decides to pursue work as a missionary in Sierra Leone and Peter goes with her. When they return to Poplar in the penultimate episode of Series Two, Chummy is pregnant. In the Series Two finale, Chummy gives birth to their son Freddy.

In Series Three, Chummy's mother comes to stay with them after separating from her husband, and shows her disdain for her daughter's lifestyle. Suddenly, Lady Browne starts retching and Peter holds his handkerchief under her mouth and she vomits. Lady Browne is rushed to hospital where she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Chummy is devastated, and also can't believe her mother was in so much pain and never said a word. Lady Browne dies soon afterwards with her daughter at her side.

In the 2014 Christmas special, Peter takes his Sergeant's exam, but has failed twice already and is afraid of failing again. However he passes on his third attempt.

In S06E07, Phyllis Crane accidently hits a young boy with her car, and Peter is shown talking to the boys parents, and his siblings, who witnessed the accident and ran off, admit they were running away from a boy who was calling them names. The parents chose not to press charges against Phyllis. To date, this is the last episode that Peter has appeared in. No reason has been given for his characters absence. In the 2017 Christmas special, he was replaced by Sergeant Woolf.


  • Peter is one of only two people - the other being Chummy's mother - who calls Chummy by her given name, Camilla.
  • Before meeting Chummy, Peter had tried dating other women, but realized that he had nothing in common with stereotypical women after a girl got offended that he hadn't noticed how she'd done her eyebrows. It was not until he met Chummy that he realized that not all women like the same things.[citation needed]