Samia Smith has announced that she is expecting a baby – just a week after her father died of cancer.
The Coronation Street actress is 13 weeks pregnant by her husband Matt, with her baby due in October.
Samia – whose soap character Maria Connor is also pregnant and due to give birth in July – said: “I have been pregnant on screen for the best part of the past two years and as soon as I get rid of the fake baby bump, I will have a real one.”
The good news comes at a difficult time for 26-year-old Samia, whose father Joseph died last week following a long battle with cancer.
Samia said: “I am so pleased that we were able to tell my dad about the baby before he died.”
The baby will be the 10th to be born in the past 18 months to Corrie cast members.
Julia Haworth, Andy Whyment, Ryan Thomas, Jack P Shepherd, Wanda Oaplinska, Alison King and Jane Danson have all become parents.
Simon Gregson and Graeme Hawley are looking forward to the births of their babies later this year.
But there have also been tough times for the cast in recent months.
In February, Sara Roache, the wife of William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, died suddenly of a suspected heart attack.
Days later, Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle Connor, and partner Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas announced the loss of her premature baby.