They Play Nuns on TV, but They’re Actually Atheists December 23, 2014

They Play Nuns on TV, but They’re Actually Atheists

There’s a BBC One show called Call the Midwife about a group of nurses working in a convent in London in the 1950s. (It’s aired in the U.S., too.)

Turns out, however, that many of the lead actresses (who plays nuns) don’t believe in God:

(From L to R) Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan, Jenny Agutter as Sister Julienne, and Pam Ferris as Sister Evangelina

Judy [Parfitt] — who plays Sister Monica Joan — said: “I’m against organised religion. It’s caused more trouble than anything else in the world…”

Jenny [Agutter] — who stars as Sister Julienne — added: “It’s very hard to have a faith when you see all the terrible things that are going on in the world.”

Pam [Ferris], 66, plays Sister Evangelina in the show and has admitted that she has trouble “pretending” there is something above reality.

She said: “I am an atheist. I have enough trouble dealing with reality as I see it, observe it and feel it, without pretending there’s another layer that we all have to agree on.”

But the kicker is Ferris’ response to how they can play nuns when they don’t believe in God:

“Well, I don’t have to be a murderer to commit a murder on screen!”


Obviously, there’s no religious test to play a nun on TV, but it’s always entertaining to hear actors laugh off the faithfulness of the people they portray. They really have to act to pretend to believe in the non-existent. If only more of them would speak out as bluntly as these actresses have.

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