Hollyoaks star Kirsty-Leigh Porter gives birth after secret pregnancy almost two years after tragic stillbirth

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Hollyoaks star Kirsty-Leigh Porter has given birth after a secret pregnancy.

The star revealed she has welcomed a surprise baby, after keeping her pregnancy secret from fans.

The 31 year old shared a sweet snap on Instagram on Wednesday of her partner Paul Barber carrying their newborn baby in a car seat from hospital.

The Leela Lomax actress captioned the gorgeous black-and-white snap with a number of emojis, including a baby, stars, praying hands and a rainbow.

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Messages of congratulations poured in from fans and co-stars.

Her Hollyoaks co-stars Steph Waring wrote: “So happy for you both!! Congratulations”, and Anna Shaffer wrote: “Oh wow Kirsty! So happy for you, what lovely news xxx.”

Another castmate, Sarah Jayne Dunn, gushed: “Congratulations gorgeous.”

Meanwhile Ruby O'Donnell, said: “The best thing to happen this year!! so much love.”

A delighted follower sent congratulations as they wrote: "Congratulations on your little rainbow, penny-leigh will always be watching over you".

Another commented: "Oh how amazing! Massive congratulations to you. I gave birth to my Rainbow baby 6 months ago!"

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Kirsty-Leigh’s precious newborn's arrival is almost two years after her daughter, Penny-Leigh Barber, was tragically born stillborn at just 29 weeks and three days old in December 2018.

At the time, she emotionally wrote in a post: "Our beautiful baby girl, Penny-Leigh Barber was born sleeping on the 21st of December 2018 at 6.49am, 29 weeks & 3 days young.

"My heart has never felt pain like it. Sleep sweetly our angel. We will always love you. Love your Mummy & Daddy My Everything." [sic]

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