Coronation Street 's Victoria Ekanoye has revealed she is expecting her first child.
The 37-year-old actress, who played Angie Appleton in the ITV soap, decided to wait until she and boyfriend Jonny Lomas were well into her pregnancy to announce the happy news.
In a new interview with Hello! Magazine, mummy to be Victoria said: "We thought we would try next year.
"So when this pregnancy came along we were like: 'It's happening!'
"It did come as a bit of a surprise but it’s so unbelievably exciting."
The couple's first baby is due in January, and dad to be Jonny added: "I am super excited as well as a bit nervous.
"It's a new chapter in our lives; all my friends who have kids say it’s going be hard but the best thing you will ever do."
Victoria was diagnosed with the condition sickle cell anemia when she was 22 years ago but recently revealed she spent years hiding her pain from her mother.
She said: "We know friends that have miscarried and so we waited until we were 12 weeks before we even told our parents.
"Then, with my health condition, we wanted a little bit more security and stability in knowing that everything is okay with baby and with me."
Speaking to BBC Sounds The Sista Collective, however, Victoria said she was experiencing bad pain but was worried her mum would pull her from her beloved sports.
Victoria, who was training as a sprinter at the time of her diagnosis, said: "We thought I was a carrier, especially with me not displaying any symptoms or needing hospitalisation or any kind of blood transfusions.
"I just managed the pain and almost.. not became used to it…but just kind of battled through it because I loved sport so much and didn't want to give that up."
To read more of Victoria's interview, pick up a copy of Hello! Magazine this week.
Coronation Street continues on ITV at 7.30pm on Monday
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