Former ‘Coronation Street’ star Catherine Tyldesley named her baby daughter Iris Ella after a character she once played on TV.
The 38-year-old actress welcomed her second child with husband Tom Pitfield on April 19 and she has now revealed her name was inspired by the role of Iris Moss she played in 2007 BBC drama ‘Lilies’ and that of Tom’s late grandmother.
Catherine told Hello! magazine: “I've had the name Iris for years. A while back, I played a character called Iris Moss in the BBC drama Lilies and I have loved it ever since then … It’s kind of followed me around too. When we went for the 12-week scan, the doctor said: ‘Your baby has got really long legs,’ and it reminded me of one of my lines, which was ‘My mother called me Iris because I had long legs like the flower.’ I turned to Tom and said: ‘This is Iris’.”
The middle named Ella was chosen in honour of Tom’s late gran, with Catherine adding: “Iris Ella, it really works … “
The couple are also parents to a son named Alfie, seven, and Catherine revealed little Iris was born two weeks late - just like her big brother.
She added: “It was the same with Alfie, who was 15 days overdue. I had kind of hoped, as a second baby, that she might come quicker, but I had to be induced.”
The actress added the birth was “beautiful” and the couple feel a lot more relaxed raising their second child.
Catherine explained: “I feel like we are so much more chilled with Iris than we were with Alfie. With our first baby, we didn't have a Scooby-Doo what we were doing and I think I tried to cope on my own. If you talk to other mums, it can really help."