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Coronation Street's Nicola Thorp gives birth to baby daughter

Former Coronation Street star Nicola Thorp has welcomed a baby girl with fiancé Nikesh Patel.

Thorp, known to soap fans for having played the role of Nicola Rubinstein on Corrie between 2017 and 2019, took to Instagram to share a first image of her daughter together with an important message concerning the current crisis in Gaza.

"We are delighted to say that we recently welcomed our beautiful baby daughter into the world," she wrote in a note posted to her page.

"Everything they say about birth being a rollercoaster of emotions is true," she continued, adding: "We're shattered and smitten and everything in between."

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Thorp then acknowledged the Israel-Palestine conflict, urging those who can to donate to the United Nations Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency who's "responding to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and supporting pregnant women, new mums and their babies".

"Social media is a difficult place right now," Thorp wrote.

"If your timeline is anything like ours, it's filled with images of babies and children dying in conflict or living in fear and unimaginable danger.

"It doesn't feel right to share our news on here without also acknowledging how fortunate we are that our baby is safe."

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She finally wrote: "Every child deserves to be born into safety."

The news of Thorp and Patel's baby was met with support from celebrities including This Morning's Josie Gibson, who wrote: "Congratulations!", adding several red heart emojis.

"Cant wait to meet my Goddaughter," Corrie star Sue Cleaver commented, to which Thorp replied: "she can't wait to meet you."

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.

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