Miranda Hart's Call The Midwife nerves
Miranda Hart forgot her lines while filming the 'Call The Midwife' Christmas special every time she thought about the potential huge audience the show could attract on Christmas Day (25.12.12)
Miranda Hart feels sick when she thinks about how many people watch 'Call The Midwife'.
The 40-year-old comedienne - who stars as midwife Chummy Browne in the BBC One period drama series - admits every time she thought about the huge potential audience for the forthcoming Christmas special episode during filming she immediately forgot her lines because she was so nervous.
She said: "You can't think about that many people watching. I think if you did, you'd be sick on your shoe.
"I can't think about it going out on Christmas Day. The minute I did, I forgot my lines."
Miranda admits she was surprised by the success of 'Call The Midwife' - which is based on the trilogy of books by Jennifer Worth, who worked as a midwife in Poplar, east London, in the 1950s - and it made her realise "how small" comedy acting is in comparison.
She explained: "I had lots of people come up to me and say, 'Chummy's quite funny, have you thought about doing comedy?'
"It makes you realise how big a drama is when it goes well -- and how small comedy is."
But Miranda was more shocked when The Beatles singer Sir Paul McCartney told her he is glued to his TV set when the show is on.
She added to The Sun newspaper: "Paul McCartney watches 'Call The Midwife'.
"He told me at the Diamond Jubilee Concert. His mum was a midwife in Liverpool in the 1940s and he told me how he remembered her cycling off to work just like Chummy.
"A Beatle watches 'Call The Midwife'! I was so starstruck, I didn't know what was going on."
The 'Call The Midwife' Christmas Special is on BBC One on Christmas Day (25.12.12) at 7:30pm, and the show is returning for a second series in early 2013.