The actress who plays Sarah Barnaby in the hit ITV show, had revealed to HELLO! how her surprise pregnancy at the age of 43 had been a 'blessing' after a string of heartbreaking miscarriages with her ex Martin Curry had led her to give up all hope of ever becoming a mummy.
The little girl was conceived after a brief relationship following Fiona's split from her husband of 13 years, and despite her initial shock, her arrival is a huge delight for the actress who's planning to bring her up as a single parent.
"Things might not be perfect but from the moment I held Madeleine in my arms we felt like a team. I've got so much love around me I know we're going to be alright," says Fiona. "I can't describe it, but I just look at her and think I don’t remember life before and we'll just be absolutely fine."
In the exclusive chat with HELLO! magazine out this week Fiona opens up about the role her secret baby father will play, "He'll meet her and then we'll just see how it goes. I think it's very important that if he's a part of her life he's a consistent part so it’s whether he feels willing and able to do that."
She also reveals how 12 days overdue she went into labour in the hairdresser’s chair after riding a tractor to try and hurry the baby along.
And she talks of her admiration for the Duchess of Cambridge, who gave birth just days after she did: "I was seriously impressed. She was in heels and a nice frock…I was being asked if I needed a wheelchair to get me out of hospital because I was walking like I was about 112!"
To read more about Fiona's plans for the future and her delight at becoming a mother for the first time later in life get this weeks copy of HELLO! magazine out now.
See the full exclusive article in HELLO! magazine issue 1290, out now.