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Bawl the Midwife; MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL: BABY STARS OF HIT SHOW MOTHER'S; We catch up with young actors who steal viewers' hearts.

Byline: RHIAN LUBIN reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

A LOT of TV shows can claim a star was born on them - but Call the Midwife is definitely in a league of its own.

The tots featured make challenging roles look like child's play as they inevitably take centre stage in the hit BBC show.

To celebrate the finale of the seventh series on Mother's Day tomorrow, the proud mums of the youngest stars of Call the Midwife share their stories...

Call the Midwife is on BBC1 tomorrow at 8pm.

NOW AGED 2 darcy stanley ACTING was all fun and games for Darcy, who starred alongside former Hollyoaks actress Sophie Austin.

In episode two of the current series, Sophie played her on-screen mum Marjory, who had a stroke after childbirth. Real-life mum Christie, 29, from Ruislip, west London, said: "Darcy had the best time. "She was strutting around and wanted to touch everything. On set there was a pretend kitchen and she just wanted to go play. Between takes, the crew would find her a handbag."

now aged 3 ezmai rhodes-horne EZMAI is able-bodied but starred alongside Harmonie as a Thalidomide baby with the aid of television special effects.

For the role of Susan Mullucks in series six, she wore a special costume that allowed greenscreen technology to alter her appearance.

Real-life mum Joanne, 26, from London, said: "When I started reading up on it, I was horrified. I felt a bit guilty because she is able-bodied."

But she said Ezmai, who first appeared as an extra in the show when she was tiny, "loved all the attention".

"Harmonie was absolutely amazing," she added.

EFFECTS With Stephen McGann as Dr poppy & evie vincent now aged 3 THE adorable twins had their first taste of fame at just three months, taking it in turns to play the role of a baby born prematurely - just as they had been.

The episode, the first in series four, brought back memories of childbirth for mum-of-three Lynsey, 33, from Kent.

She said: "The storyline was perfect for them."

Lynsey says it was great fun on set and Pam Ferris (Sister Evangelina) "kept popping in to say hello" at their caravan.

The drama had extra poignancy as Lynsey's mum, who has since passed away, was there too.

ARRIVAL One of the twins in the show now aged 4 harmonie-rose allen HARMONIE was struck down with meningitis when she was 10 months old and lost her limbs to the disease.

When she appeared in series six, she played a Thalidomide victim.

Mum Freya, 23, said: "Everyone on the set loved Harmonie and Harmonie loved them. It was like a play session for her."

Harmonie starts school in September and is also learning to swim. Freya, from Bath, adds: "She took her first steps on prosthetics last year and has now got blades, which she is getting used to.

"She amazes me every day. She does most things but just in her own way."

THRIVING Harmonie is starting school eoin doherty NOW10 MONTHS had no idea what we were getting ourselves into."

EOIN was just three weeks old when he went before the cameras, playing a baby girl named Elisabeth with jaundice.

His on-screen mum in the first episode of this latest series was actress Tamla Kari.

To make him look jaundiced, Eoin was gently covered in make-up to give his skin a yellow look. Anna, from Essex, added: "The crew were fantastic. It's lovely to see how tiny Eoin was and we have those amazing memories for ever."

Real-life mother Anna, 37, said: "He was only tiny so it was slightly brave of us. We

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MIDWIVES Charlotte Ritchie, Helen George, Leonie Elliott and Jennifer Kirby

POIGNANT Darcy's on-screen mum suffered a stroke

MEMORIES Mum Lynsey says her daughters were born to play their role

ARRIVAL One of the twins in the show

TINY Eoin was only three weeks old when he appeared, playing a little girl
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