Call The Midwife star Jennifer Kirby quits the show after four years as Nurse Valerie

JENNIFER Kirby has quit Call the Midwife after four years.

The actress – who played nurse Valerie Dyer on the BBC Sunday night stalwart – revealed she has decided to step down from her role.

She took to Twitter to reveal the news, writing: “"After four joyful years spend with Call the Midwife, I have decided to say goodbye to Nonnatus, Val and the wonderful cast, crew and production team.

"The programme is truly a national treasure, and it will always be a huge honour for me to have been a part of something so wonderful. 

“I can't wait to keep watching our beloved Nonnatus from the other side of the screen. Long live Call the Midwife. So long, chicks."

Fans were devastated by the news of her leaving.

One wrote: "Oh, I am sad to hear this news. 

"I have loved watching you on the show from your very first scene.

"You have made such a wonderful contribution to Call the Midwife. Thank you for everything you have done and good luck with your future projects."

A second said: "And here was me thinking 2020 couldn't get worse 

"I love Val and you portray her with grace and charm. Will be sad not to see you in my favourite show anymore. Best if luck on your future projects."

Another added: “Hard to fit all my thoughts in a tweet, but I’ll try. So sorry to see you go.

"Nonnatus won’t quite be the same without you! I’ll miss you and @Leonie_Elliott together dearly.

"It’s been a joy to watch you bring Val to life so beautifully. Thank you. Love and luck for what’s next."

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