Emmerdale star Laura Norton is expecting her first baby with former co-star Mark Jordon, the couple have revealed.
The pair met when Jordon joined the cast of the ITV soap as character Daz Spencer, and announced their engagement last year.
The couple will now welcome a baby after sharing the news in an interview with OK! magazine.
Norton said: “I had tears in my eyes, we're over the moon. It's something I've always hoped would happen.”
Jordon added: "In my heart I knew before looking at the test. We both looked at the result and there was so much joy, but for a weird moment we were both deadly silent.”
The baby will be Norton’s first child, and Jordon’s third - he shares Joseph, 22, and Poppy, 19, with ex-wife Siobhan Finneran, who he starred with on 1960s police drama Heartbeat.
Norton, who plays Kerry Wyatt on Emmerdale, added: “I hope my instincts kick in. I feel very calm and safe knowing that I've seen what an amazing father Mark is and how brilliant his kids are.”
Jordon announced the couple’s engagement on New Year’s Day 2019.
He tweeted: “Well 2018 had some of the highest highs and the lowest lows. Really got to feel the love of true friends . Feel blessed by the support of my children and elated to have heard the word “yes” from the most beautiful woman in the world.”
Well 2018 had some of the highest highs and the lowest lows. Really got to feel the love of true friends . Feel blessed by the support of my children and elated to have heard the word “yes “ from the most beautiful woman in the world @lawrencenotrin 💜
— Mark Jordon (@JoepopProds) January 1, 2019
However, the actress let slip the engagement wasn’t new, as he had proposed over half a year previous.
Responding to a message of congratulations on Twitter, she said: “I mean .... it was 7 months ago ... but ... you’re very cute. Thank you.”
Their plans to marry received a blow when Jordon was accused of assaulting an OAP at an Oldham pub in 2018 - charges he was later cleared of.
He told the Sunday People last year: “I was at home watching the wedding fund being spent on barristers fees. Watching it dwindle.
“But now we can start all over we’re already discussing plans.
“Now I’m finally looking forward to what’s around the corner.”