Coronation Street star Alan Halsall and his actress wife Lucy-Jo Hudson have revealed exclusively to HELLO! magazine that they are expecting a girl.
Alan, who admits that he wept when they discovered the sex of their unborn child, joked that it is a good thing they are having a girl "because the baby would have been named after a Manchester United player if he was a boy."
Alan, who plays Tyrone Dobbs in the ITV soap opera, reveals that they made a special visit to Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth, as well as Bill Tarmey's widow Alma to break the news that they were expecting.
Alan was particularly close to Bill, who died in November 2012, telling HELLO! that his passing was a "tough time". "It's not something I've talked about much," he said.
Lucy-Jo revealed that she has been suffering severe morning sickness. "I couldn't get out of bed some days," she told HELLO!, admitting that she has developed a craving for ice.
They also told HELLO! that it was difficult to keep Lucy-Jo's pregnancy secret at the National Television Awards in January, where Alan won the Best Serial Drama Performance award. "I'd tried on my dress a few weeks prior and on the night it was quite tight," laughed Lucy-Jo.
The couple, who married in 2009, are "so excited" about the arrival of their first child, who is due in August. Said Lucy-Jo: "I've always wanted a baby girl."
See the full exclusive article in HELLO! Magazine issue 1274, out now.