'EastEnders' star Brooke Kinsella welcomes baby boy on anniversary of brother's murder

Brooke Kinsella has had a baby girl. (Getty Images)
Brooke Kinsella has had a baby boy. (Getty Images)

Brooke Kinsella has welcomed a baby boy on the anniversary of her brother Ben's death.

The EastEnders star's brother was stabbed to death in 2008 when he was just 16.

She gave birth to her son on 29 June - the anniversary of her brother's death - and has revealed she is naming her new arrival in a tribute to her sibling.

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"Ben Ross Boardley 29/06/22," Brooke wrote on Instagram alongside a black and white snap of the newborn.

"A perfect miracle given to us on a day when so much was taken away."

"Named after the very best of men," added the star, who played Walford's Kelly Taylor from 2001 to 2004.

"He will do them so proud, I know it already."

Fans flocked to congratulate Brooke - who is also mum to daughter Elsie with her husband Simon Boardley - and many said they were moved by her decision.

"Beautiful,️ I think Ben sent you a gift to help ease your grief on this day," one person posted in the comments section.

Another said: "Welcome to the world Ben Ross Boardley, named after a wonderful young man, a perfect gift to ease the pain of a day that took so much from you."

BLACK AND WHITE ONLY. Undated handout photo issued by Metropolitan Police of Ben Kinsella, as the parents of teenage murder victim said today they are
Metropolitan Police handout of Ben Kinsella, who was killed in 2008. (PA)

"I just can't believe the date, it’s a complete miracle," someone else wrote.

"Oh my God.. he’s a real life Angel and absolutely perfect!" another fan posted.

"Wow this is so moving congratulations," said another.

One fan said it was "so beautiful and so special".

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06:  (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED)  Brooke Kinsella speaks on stage at vInspired Live, a youth social change event, at The Roundhouse on July 6, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images for vInspired Live)
Brooke Kinsella also has a daughter named Elsie. (Dave M. Benett/Getty Images for vInspired Live)

Ben Kinsella was stabbed in Islington by three male youths in June 2008, as he celebrated finishing his GCSEs.

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Jade Braithwaite, Michael Alleyne and Juress Kika were jailed for life after being found guilty of the murder.

Ben's family have launched the Ben Kinsella Trust, which aims to tackle knife crime through education and campaigning.

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