Vera and Call the Midwife fans shocked as real life brothers 'take over' their TVs

TV viewers across Britain relished watching a powerhouse family of actors 'take over' the airwaves.

Fans watching iconic dramas Vera on ITV and Call the Midwife on BBC noticed two famous brothers stealing scenes on the major networks.

Joe McGann was one of many soap stars to join the latest episode of Vera as the very suspect Julian Carr.

The actor, 63, has been on telly since 1985, starring in BBC medical drama Casualty and TV movie Prince Caspian, among other titles. 

Most viewers of a certain age will recognise him as Charlie Burrows, the “housekeeper” in ITV sitcom The Upper Hand – a part he played between 1990-1996. 

But younger Brits are more likely to know the Liverpool-born actor as Hollyoaks' highly manipulative and narcissistic surgeon Edward Hutchinson.

While over on the BBC his younger brother, Stephen, was reprising his role as the beloved Doctor Patrick Turner on Call the Midwife.

The 58-year-old began his acting career in 1982, starring in the West End musical Yakety Yak and shot to national fame when he starred in Emmerdale from 1999 until 2002 playing Sean Reynolds.

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On Call the Midwife he plays a GP who works closely with the midwives of Nonnatus House and has been a cast member since the first season in 2012.

His character had a mental breakdown after WWII in 1945, and then lost his wife in 1957.

He is the youngest of a dynasty of acting brothers with the men having another two thespian siblings in the family.

His brother Paul, 62, is probably the most famous of the three and has starred in many TV shows and films, including Agatha Christie’s Marple, The Musketeers, Holby City and Doctor Who.

His other brother Mark, 60, is known for his work on the stage.

The brothers all starred together in the 1995 mini-series The Hanging Gale.

Fans of both shows were beyond chuffed to see the brothers on primetime telly.

"The McGann brothers taking over Sunday night TV," wrote on excited fan.

Another added: "Two McGann brothers on #TV in opposition to each other. Joe guesting on #[email protected] as usual in #CalltheMidwife."

And a third wrote: "Love it when a @mcgann brother turns up in a tv show #vera#loveit#joemcgann#brothers"

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