31 MARCH 2008

With her racy outfits and man-eating reputation, Nicollette Sheridan's onscreen character Edie Britt is far from mumsy. However, in real life the Desperate Housewives star was more than happy to step into a mothering role as she spent time with a gal pal and her baby over the weekend.

Casually dressed for a day browsing the stores in Beverly Hills, the West Sussex born actress - who's engaged to American crooner Michael Bolton - seemed to be enjoying her baby-bonding session in the LA sunshine. The 44-year-old, who was the focus of pregnancy reports last November, has denied she's planning on starting a family of her own any time soon.

"We're very, very happy," she says of her relationship with the Georgia On My Mind singer, quipping: "and I'm looking forward to having my first-born when I'm 70!".

One Desperate Housewives star enjoying motherhood for real, though, is flame-haired Marcia Cross. The proud mum, who says she can't bear to spend time apart from her one-year-old twins Eden and Savannah, took them with her to browse a home interiors store in Santa Monica.

"If I work a couple of long days... I have the girls come to the set," she reveals. "Though I can’t really be with them, I can at least change a diaper or play with them for a minute and then run back out... They're so cute. They’re just... thriving. I’m madly in love with them!"

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Although the Desperate Housewives actress' onscreen character isn't known for her maternal instinct, Nicollette seemed to slip right into the mothering role as she took charge of a pal's baby in LA Photo: © Rex
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Meanwhile her Wisteria Lane neighbour, Marcia, was out with her daughters at the weekend, calling in at a home interiors store with the one-year-old twins Photo: © Rex
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The flame-haired actress has often spoken of the joy her twins Eden and Savannah have brought her. "I’m madly in love with them!" she says Photo: © Rex
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