'He's here!' Verity Rushworth welcomes a baby boy

Julia Hunt
Verity Rushworth attends the National Television Awards in London, England. (Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Former Emmerdale star Verity Rushworth has given birth to a baby boy.

The actress – who played Donna Windsor in the ITV soap from 1998 to 2014 - announced her happy news on Twitter.

“He’s here!” she posted, sharing a picture which showed her newborn’s legs and feet with hospital bracelets around the ankles.

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Rushworth, 33, didn’t give any further details, but added a string of blue hearts.

The day before, Rushworth tweeted an image of herself looking excited as she revealed it was her due date.

“Come ooooon !!!” she wrote.

The actress added the hashtags “duedateshere” and “getbubbaout”.

Rushworth married her husband Dominic Shaw in 2003 and the couple are already parents to a daughter named Amelie Iris, who arrived in 2016.

A host of Rushworth’s fellow soap stars congratulated her upon hearing about her new arrival, including Zoe Henry, Paula Lane and Tony Audenshaw.

“Congratulations to you all,” Bonnie Langford tweeted.

The actress had kept her latest pregnancy under wraps for some time, only spilling the beans in April when she had less than three months to go before her due date.

She went public by tweeting an image of herself cradling her tummy, writing: “BUMP !!!

“All dressed up x 10 weeks to go!”

The actress has starred in shows such as Kinky Boots and Annie since she left Emmerdale five years ago.

She took some time off after welcoming Amelie three years ago, telling PA: “It's a massive struggle obviously when you have a baby and so I decided to chill and take 10 months.

"Then I felt I needed to be me again and the skills I had worked so hard on I didn't want to lose."