EASTENDERS star Kellie Shirley has revealed she has given birth to a baby boy just months after announcing her shock pregnancy.
Kellie, 41, who is best known for playing Carly Wicks on EastEnders, shared news of the new arrival in a sweet post uploaded to her Instagram account earlier this morning.
EastEnders star Kellie Shirley has announced the birth of her son
Kellie has given birth to baby number three
Writing alongside a photo of the newborn, the star shared: “So there’s a new fella in my life… and wow! #babyboy.”
Kellie’s former co-stars and followers were quick to congratulate her on the new arrival.
Emma Barton, who plays Honey Mitchell on the soap, wrote: “Beautiful darling.. can’t wait to meet him.”
While Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldsley gushed: “Congratulations love! What a beautiful babba.”
And actress Christine Bottomley commented: “Babe massive congrats.”
Kellie and her husband Phil Davies are already parents to seven-year-old twins Pearl and Louis.
Since leaving the soap Kellie has gone on to appear in a string of shows including Death in Paradise and Ridley.
She recently said her latest pregnancy “floored” her.
While filming over the summer the actress became ill – but never expected the outcome.
She said: “I was literally on my hands and knees feeling horrendous and the on set medic called John said, ‘Are you sure you’re not pregnant?’
“I was like, ‘Oh no, I’m hardly seeing my husband! It’s just this heat’.”
But Kellie added to OK! Magazine: “Then I was being sick for a couple of weeks and he said, ‘Go and get a pregnancy test’, so I did.
“It came back positive straight away. I was like, ‘Oh my God, John was right!’ It was a really lovely surprise. I feel very lucky.”
Kellie also revealed she’s expecting a boy and said: “As the pregnancy was a shock, I felt like I wanted to be able to connect with the baby more. I didn’t have a preference – I just want the baby to be healthy.”
She starred as Carly in EastEnders from 2006 to 2008 and made a brief comeback in 2012.
Since her time on Albert Square Kellie has appeared in dramas including Ridley and Death in Paradise.
She and Phil are parents to twins Pearl and Louis