The 27-year-old has also expressed his love for being apart of the cast on the BBC period drama

Call the Midwife star Daniel Laurie has revealed bullies forced him out of education before he found fame on the BBC period drama.

The 27-year-old, who has played adored Reggie Jackson on the show since 2017, has opened up about his struggles with children who picked on him as Daniel felt no choice but to leave school. He then found a safe haven after launching an acting career aged 17.

Daniel, who has Down’s syndrome, said: “I hated school. I was badly bullied and that made me walk out of school, but because of that, ­acting found me when I was 17″, reports The Mirror.

Daniel comes from an acting family – his dad was late EastEnders actor Leslie Grantham, who played iconic villain Dirty Den. And his mum Jane Laurie, 70, starred in 1980s films The Return of the Soldier, The Last Place on Earth and Foreign Body.

Daniel said: “Luckily my mum Jane found an acting career for me, she was an actress.” He admits to having regrets about ­leaving education early but says ­landing a job on Call The Midwife has helped him get over that.

He said: “I can’t forgive myself for walking out but because of [show ­creator] Heidi Thomas I have bonded and made friends with the cast. If it wasn’t for Call The Midwife, where else would I be?

“The whole entire show is run by women and I actually love being in Call The Midwife because of them, they make the show what it is. It’s a fantastic show. I love being in the show. We have all been bonded.”

It’s been an exciting year for Daniel, who was nominated for the Best Actor gong at the recent TV Choice awards. While Daniel lost out to Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy, 46, he said the news of his nod had made him “feel alive”.

“Thank you to everyone for voting for me,” he said. “It is an awesome honour.” Call The Midwife, one of the BBC’s biggest rating winners, is back with its annual Christmas special, followed by the 12th series in the new year.

Jenny Agutter, who plays Sister Julienne, says it’s scary that social ­issues covered in the show are still relevant in today’s society.

The feature-length Christmas episode sees a heavily pregnant mixed-race woman struggling to find somewhere to stay. She then goes into labour, is evicted from her hostel and starts to give birth in the street – until the nuns take her in and help her.

The episode also covers mental health issues and alcoholism. Jenny, 69, said: “You’d think that with all of the things we have available to us today that we would move on much more easily. It’s worrying but it’s lovely to be a part of a programme and working with a writer able to highlight those things.”

 

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