Congratulations have been flooding in after former Coronation Street actress Victoria Ekanoye announced that she’s expecting.
Victoria is six months pregnant with her and boyfriend Jonny Lomas’s first child and she’s due to give birth in January.
The couple waited until now to announce the happy news because Victoria has sickle cell anemia, a blood cell disorder in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body and is regarded as a high risk pregnancy.
Victoria, 37, was diagnosed with the condition when she was 22. Victoria, who is being cared for by St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, is likely to be induced around week 39.
The actress, who played Angie Appleton in Corrie, revealed the news in an interview with Hello! magazine.
And her former Corrie co-stars have rushed to congratulate her.
“Eeeeeeee …. this little baba is already so loved,” said Nicola Thorp, who played Nicola Rubinstein in Corrie.
“Can’t wait to be Auntie Nic and lead them down the wrong path.”
“I’m so unbelievably excited for this beautiful pair,” said Faye Brookes who played Kate Connor.
Georgia Taylor, who plays Toyah Battersby in the ITV soap, commented on Victoria’s Instagram: ” Oh what gorgeous news!! Congratulations to you both darling xxx”
Alexandra Mardell, who plays Emma Brooker, said: “Oh my gosh! Congrats.”
Samia Longchambon, who plays Maria Connor, said: “Oh wow! Massive congrats to you both darling… so happy for you! Xxx”
Bhavna Limbachia, who played Rana Habeeb, said: “Wow!! Huge congratulations guys. So Happy for you both.”
And Brooke Vincent, who has just announced that she’s expecting her second child, said: “Omg congratulations what a talented baba they will be.”
Victoria played Angie in Coronation Street before leaving the cobbles last year after the character’s lying husband Jude’s double life was exposed.
He also starred alongside Liz Hurley in the American soap The Royals and last year Victoria was a contestant on Celebrity X Factor.
Victoria, who was born in Bury and raised in Stockport and Rochdale, moved to London at 18 to pursue her love of acting which landed her a role on stage in the West End musical The Lion King.
It was a lifetime ambition to star in Coronation Street after acting out pretend soap scenes as a child growing up in Greater Manchester.
Across the pond Victoria is known for playing the Queen’s assistant Rachel in the E! series The Royals about a fictional British royal family.
Victoria’s Celebrity X Factor co-star Megan McKenna, who went on to win the show mesaged: “Congratulations Victoria.”