Our all-time favourite fictional nannies

Television, literature and the big screen has provided us with a variety of nannies over the years. Some scared us, some made us laugh, and some taught us and our kids valuable life lessons.
In honour of nannies everywhere, here is a list of our favourite fictional nannies.

The Nanny

Fran Drescher’s character from the 90s, Fran Fine, is probably one of the most iconic fictional depictions of a nanny.

Mary Poppins

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Whether you are a fan of the 1930s books or the big screen adaptation staring Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins is a classic nanny tale that will never be forgotten. Later this year, Disney will release a new Mary Poppins film, titled Mary Poppins Returns.

Aibileen Clark (The Help)

The Help is a 2009 novel by American author Kathryn Stockett. In 2011 the touching tale was adapted for a movie staring Viola Davis.
“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”


If you have small children in the house, Jessie probably needs no introduction. Jessie is a small-town teen who leaves her Texas roots to take a job as a nanny in New York.

Nanny McPhee

Nanny McPhee is another classic nanny. Widower Cedric Brow’s seven children had chased away all previous nannies. Nanny McPhee, however, has some magical powers up her sleeve.


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