Ex-EastEnders actor Cliff Parisi, currently starring in Call the Midwife, confesses to Soaplife the things that make him cry…

What’s new for odd job man Fred Buckle in Call the Midwife?

“Fred is, as usual, confidante, advisor, carer, minder and light-bulb changer to the nuns. There’s a shift in Fred’s love life towards the end of the series, which I never considered to be a possibility, what with all those nuns, nurses and pregnant women hanging around.”

Oooh, tell us more!

“Well, she’ll be someone who’s interested in market gardening and animals – Fred likes his pigs. She’ll also have to be a good cook, as Fred loves his food. And a bit of a ducker and diver… A female Fred, basically!”

What’s it like working with lots of women?

“I haven’t a clue what they’re talking about half the time! It’s a woman’s world on set and I don’t have anyone to chat to about football. Occasionally all the men are in together and we have a lads’ day, but we’re all like family now so it’s always fun.”

Do you enjoy the period music in the show?

“The music from the 1950s and 1960s is fabulous. I still listen to it on my iPod. I was born in the 1960s, so some of it I know and some of it is new to me.”

Are you recognised more as Fred, or as Minty from EastEnders?

“More for Fred. It’s been five years since I left EastEnders. I can’t go anywhere near maternity departments as the nurses chase me down the corridors to talk about Call the Midwife. It’s the same when pregnant women see me. People are constantly stopping me to tell me how they end up in tears watching the show. I’m just the same. I’m a big sobber and cry at the script read-through!”

Call the Midwife, BBC1, Sunday, 8.00pm