Character: Lucille Anderson
From: Call the Midwife
Representation: West Indian
Their Importance: Lucille is the first black midwife to join the team in Call the Midwife. She’s highly trained and extremely good at her job, but she still faces occasional racism from white Londoners. Her culture among the black community in Poplar at the time is also explored. Her actress, Leonie Elliot, has talked about how she wanted Lucille to represent the experience of the real Caribbean nurses who went to England in the 1960s.
This is especially important due to the issues with the British government. As far as I can tell, Lucille’s a member of the Windrush generation (people who came to the UK from the Caribbean between 1948 and 1971) who were later treated appallingly by immigration laws until the scandal came to light in 2018. You can read more about it here. It’s so ridiculous and cruel that people were Lucille were eventually denied access to a health service they helped create.
Thanks to @sarah531 for the write up!