18/04/2016 07:23 BST | Updated 18/04/2016 07:48 BST

‘Call The Midwife’ Stars Helen George And Jack Ashton ‘Fall For Each' Other Off Screen

The actors reportedly grew close during a recent trip to South Africa.

Call The Midwife’ stars Helen George and Jack Ashton are dating, according to reports.

In a case of life imitating art, the actors, who found romance on screen in the BBC One drama, have reportedly grown close off screen too, while filming the Christmas special on location in South Africa.

Helen George

According to the Mirror, the couple enjoyed a string of dates and booked into an exclusive safari lodge under different names.

Staff at the Moditlo Lodge said Helen, who plays Trixie Franklin and Jack, who plays the local vicar, looked ‘very much in love’ during their stay.

A manager at the resort, told the newspaper: “They were here together and seemed very close. They spent quite a lot of time by the pool just chilling, doing nothing and being together.”

The pair also enjoyed a visit to an animal rehabilitation centre.

The manager added: “She is very involved in caring about game and wildlife and does a lot of work in secret helping animals.

“They really wanted to see where the animals are rehabilitated and they saw what we do to help animals that need rehabilitation.

She cares about conservation and they told me how much they enjoyed it.”

Jack Ashton

Meanwhile, an old favourite is set to return to ‘Call The Midwife‘, just in time for Christmas.

Miranda Hart will reprise her role as Chummy in the hit BBC One drama’s festive special, it has been reported.

She will then make a permanent return during series six in 2017.

Miranda hasn’t been seen on screen as Camilla ‘Chummy’ Fortescue- Cholmeley-Browne since the beginning of series four, when she quit to focus on her film career, after landing a role in ‘Spy’, opposite Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham.

HuffPost UK contacted Helen George's reps for comment, who told us: "I'm afraid we do not comment on our client's personal lives." 

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