CATHERINE Tyldesley has given birth to a baby girl.
The actress, 38, shared her happy news on Instagram today with a sweet snap of the newborn's legs.
The artistic black and white photo was taken by Catherine's husband Tom Pitfield.
She wrote: "We are so happy to announce that our beautiful daughter has arrived.
"We are grateful beyond words and feel overjoyed that our family is complete."
Cath's former Corrie co-star Katie McGlynn wrote: "Congratulations to you & your beautiful family 😍 I can’t wait to meet her 😭❤️❤️❤️."
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Former Hollyoaks star Sarah Jayne Dunn posted: "Congratulations guys 💗💗💗💗."
The new mum, who famously played Eva Price in the ITV soap, poked fun at her huge bump a couple of weeks ago, comparing herself to an elephant.
Cradling her bare stomach, she said: "Apparently an African bush elephant is pregnant for 22 months!
"I fear that my body may have me confused with an elephant!
"It feels like I've been pregnant since 1942… Cherishing pjs, a bump and copious amounts of pineapple while I can!"
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The actress was "absolutely elated" to be pregnant with her daughter – who is sister to seven-year-old son Alfie.
Speaking to Hello! magazine, Catherine said: "We feel so lucky. When we found out, I just burst into tears…
"Tom was in bits when we found out we are having a little girl. He has suddenly gone all mushy. I'm sure she will have him wrapped around her little finger."
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The star went on to admit that she was "convinced" her body was "mimicking pregnancy" when she first started to experience symptoms as she has struggled with a hormonal balance that caused similar effects in the past.
She told the publication: "I took so many tests as I was convinced I wasn't actually pregnant, but in fact my body was just mimicking a pregnancy. So this time, even when my stomach was a bit swollen, I just thought: 'Oh hormonal imbalances again.'"
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