CORONATION Street's Victoria Ekanoye has revealed she is pregnant with her first child.
The 37-year-old actress played Angie Appleton in the ITV soap and also appeared on Celebrity X Factor last year.
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In a new interview with Hello! Magazine, the star revealed she is expecting her first child with boyfriend Jonny Lomas.
She 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."
Their baby is due in January and 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 and Jonny decided to wait until they were well into the pregnancy before announcing the news, in part because Victoria has sickle cell anemia.
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."
The actress was diagnosed with the condition when she was 22 but recently revealed she spent years hiding her pain from her mother.
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.
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