Megan Cusack’s midwife crisis. Megan was born to an acting family, and Megan still cringes about her nervous first day working on set for one of the biggest productions.

  • Megan Cusack grew up thinking that acting was her family’s line of work  
  • Cusack actress Nancy Corrigan, a midwife plays in Call The Midwife
  • Growing up in County Cork and a 25-year-old, she recalls being anxious her very first day of set.  

There’s little surprise that Megan Cusack, who plays new midwife Nancy Corrigan in Call The Midwife, ended up an actress. Megan Cusack is a descendant of the highly successful Cusack family. 

Her grandparents Maureen and Cyril were actors, her father Pádraig is a theatre producer, her four aunts, Niamh, Sorcha, Catherine and Sinéad all act, her uncle is Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons and her cousins Max Irons and Calam Lynch are in the business (the latter has joined the cast of Bridgerton).

Megan, who was born in County Cork, says that growing up, she would just listen to the stories of my parents about work. It was so happy and warm.

Megan Cusack, 25, (pictured) raised in County Cork, plays new midwife Nancy Corrigan in Call The Midwife

Megan Cusack is 25, a County Cork native, who plays Nancy Corrigan as a midwife on Call The Midwife.

“Acting was a family job so acting seemed like the right choice for me. Even now, even though she has landed the role in the largest dramas on television, she continues to have doubts about her talents and is a cinema usherette.

“My first day working with Midwife was nerve-racking,” she says. 

‘I look back now and cringe as I was rushing everything – I was so nervous. My thoughts were, “No one really wants me talking so if you just get through all of it quickly, then I’m done.”

Nancy already has a story to tell. She arrived on the scene in training, only to discover that her child was given away to her as a teenager. Now, Nancy wants to establish a connection with her foster daughter, who believes Nancy to be her sister.

Megan (pictured) said her dad howled with laughter when she read her character breakdown and said it was going to be a 'real stretch' for her

Megan (pictured) said Megan’s dad giggled when she showed him her character breakdown. He said it was going be a real stretch for her. 

We see Nancy ask herself how transparent she should be when it comes to her daughter throughout the series. “The midwives and nuns are very good at offering her guidance.

Megan loves her character. She’s often prone to put her foot in the ground. She says, “When I read the character breakdown to my father, he howled with laughter.” 

‘When I told him she was, “Erratic, not great with her studies,” he said, “That’s going to be a real stretch for you, isn’t it?” Nancy is more tactful, but I believe I’m more understanding. “I try to be kind and considerate when I talk. 

Nicole Lampert For more information, call The Midwife tomorrow, 8pm, BBC1.