CORONATION Street’s Mikey North has shared the first picture of his newborn daughter Eliza after becoming a dad for the second time.
At the weekend, the 33-year-old star, who plays Gary Windass in the ITV soap, revealed that he and wife Rachael had welcomed their bundle of joy back in September.
Now the pair have opened up about Rachael’s “bizarre” labour as they proudly introduced Eliza to the world.
In a sweet family portrait, Mikey can be seen cuddling the little girl, who is dressed in trousers and a patterned top.
Rachael, 34, is beaming beside him, with the couple’s two-year-old son Archie also in the shot.
Speaking to OK! magazine, Rachael revealed that she had to be induced as she was 16 days overdue, telling the publication: “It was so bizarre going into hospital knowing I was going to have a baby as opposed to going into labour naturally.
“It was like having a casual appointment and then leaving with a baby!”
Mikey shared: “It was the longest 16 days ever, it was like waiting for the end of time!”
He later added: “Im the worst birthing partner in the world, I was just nervously pacing around the whole time and Rach shouted at me to sit down.”
Mikey and Rachael met in a bar in 2013, tying the knot three years later.
They welcomed Archie in 2017, but the traumatic birth left Rachael being forced to undergo an episiotomy, which saw her lose one and a half litres of blood.
Mikey revealed that they were expecting another child in July.
He said at the time: “We’ve just moved house and put the name on the wallpaper that Rachael has chosen.
“Archie wouldn’t let us call her anything else anyway, so he partly chose the name. But we’re keeping it a secret.”
Mikey went on to insist that that they wouldn’t have any more children, saying: “I would be highly surprised if we had any more. Two is a great number.”
The star joined Coronation Street as Gary in 2008, after small roles in Waterloo Road and Britannia High.