EASTENDERS star Michael Greco has said he is praying for his newborn son who is still in hospital.
The tot was born six weeks premature and is undergoing one last operation which the actor hopes will allow him to live a normal life.
In a sweet tribute to his little boy, the actor, known to soap fans as Beppe DiMarco, wrote on Instagram today: ““Daddy,Daddy. What’s the name of that song you love?…It’s on the tip of my tongue… Oh yes, I know….. NESSUN DORMAAAAAAAA……”
“My beautiful and brave son, Gianluca, hopefully has one more critical operation before he can start to try and live a normal, healthy life.
“I’m not the most religious of people but I am praying with all my heart that my absolute world will pull through like the true fighter he has already shown to be. I love you GG xxx”
The actor became a dad aged 51 after girlfriend Helen Harris gave birth to their son.
And he was overcome with excitement when he revealed he was set to become a first time dad.
He shared the joyous news on Instagram saying: “I’m normally a very private person but I couldn’t help reveal my utter joy and I just want to tell the world!”
Shortly after, Michael, revealed in an emotional post on Instagram that baby Gianluca is yet to leave hospital.
The TV star shared: “My boy. My beautiful boy is still in ICU and fighting to live a normal life.
“He has become stronger and stronger, day by day, and has given himself an incredible chance of a normal life that every new born baby deserves.
“He’s a true Greco and has made my heart completely full and bursting with love. Much, much more than I ever thought was possible.
“Daddy is still a ‘tad’ emotional. I love you Gianluca. ”
Michael was catapulted into the spotlight playing gravel-voiced loverman Beppe Di Marco on EastEnders between 1998 and 2002.
At the height of his fame, he was voted Soap’s Sexiest Male at the British TV Soap Awards and the Sexiest Male Soap Star ever by readers of the Radio Times.
After EastEnders, Michael made the switch to Casualty in 2017, where he played Phil Paterson, a copper called to the Emergency Department to arrest a troublemaker.
At the time, Michael announced that he was joining Casualty on Twitter where he praised the show’s “incredibly high standards”.
Aside from BBC dramas, he also appeared in 2006 movie Naked in London with fellow ex-EastEnder Jake Maskall, who was Jake Moon.