Coronation Street star Tina O’Brien – who played Sarah Louise Platt on the soap – is pregnant with her first baby, according to the papers.
The Sun reports that Tina – and her boyfriend, fellow Corrie star Ryan Thomas, are “bubbling over with excitement” at the news.
“The baby wasn’t planned,” a source told the paper, “but now the news has sunk in they couldn’t be happier.”
And a Coronation Street spokeswoman said the couple were “absolutely delighted at the happy news.”
Tina quit the soap in December to concentrate on other projects, and had planned to move to London while Ryan – who plays her onscreen husband Jason Grimshaw – stayed in Manchester.
However she has now decided to remain up North to try and fit her acting career around motherhood.
“She has already had to turn down a couple of jobs because they wanted her to do action shots and she didn’t want to risk hurting the baby,” a friend said.
The 24-year-old actress admitted last year that filming scenes with her onscreen daughter and stepdaughter had made her broody. “One day I’d love to have a baby,” she said.