Call the Midwife has a brand new character joining the cast this month – and the actress has got some big-shot relatives.
The up-and-coming actress will be following in the footsteps of some famous family members by joining the popular period drama.
The name Megan Cusack, who will play ditzy but warm-hearted newcomer Nancy Corrigan, might already ring a bell for many readers.
That’s because the 24-year-old Irish actress just happens to be the youngest member of the Cusack acting dynasty, reports The Mirror.
Megan is the niece of the four sisters Niamh, Sorcha, Sinead and Catherine Cusack – a mini family powerhouse of famous Irish actresses.
She will play the part of midwife newcomer Nancy, described as: “a trainee midwife from Ireland who comes to stay at Nonnatus House and learn from the rest of the midwives.”
Megan’s new role on Call the Midwife, when she appears in episode four of the current series, will be her TV debut.
But she won’t be the first member of her family to grace the popular period drama with their presence.
In 2016, Sinead Cusack, 73, appeared in the 2016 Christmas special of the BBC drama, as Myra Fitzsimmons – the solitary doctor at Hope Clinic, a tiny mission hospital in South Africa.
Niamh Cusack, 61, served with the UK’s two leading theatre companies, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, before later making a household name for herself as Dr. Kate Rowan in the series Heartbeat from 1992-1995.
Sorcha Cusack, 72, is recognisable from numerous television roles; after making a name for herself as the lead role in 1973’s Jane Eyre, she went on to star in Casualty, Coronation Street, and now in Father Brown, which she joined in 2013.
Meanwhile, Catherine Cusack, 52, best known for her role as Nanny Carmel Finnan in Coronation Street, in 1992 and 1993.
And the big names don’t stop there.
Sinead is also married to another actor – 72-year-old academy-award-winning Jeremy Irons.
Their son (Megan’s cousin) is Max Irons, 35, star of The Wife, who has also appeared in Red Riding Hood, The Host, and The Riot Club.
Megan’s other cousin (Niamh’s son), 27-year-old Calam Lynch, starred in Bridgerton from its second series, as well as playing roles in Derry Girls, Dunkirk, and BBC drama Mrs Wilson.
And her father, Padraig Cusack, 59, is an international theatre producer and the youngest son of Cyril Cusack and actress Maureen Cusack, both famous actors in the 1940s.
Megan, who grew up near Cork, Ireland, has appeared in theatre since attending drama school in London.
She has shared her thoughts on coming from a family of famous actors, describing how it’s not always easy and “there are two sides to it.”
She said: “You do feel a certain pressure.
“It’s the worry people think you’re only getting somewhere because of them but then the benefit is they know the industry so well.
“One of the most useful things for auditioning was my aunt Niamh saying you just need to have fun.”
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Megan admitted she was daunted at the prospect of joining Call the Midwife, which is now celebrating a decade on the nation’s screens.
She said: “It was the first bit of TV, proper kind of something that I was doing. The biggest challenge was just keeping the nerves in check.”
Megan added: “I don’t think…