Coronation Street star Simon Gregson 'thrilled' after birth of third child

Chloe Best

Simon Gregson has said he is "thrilled" after welcoming his third child with wife Emma Gleave. The Coronation Street star, who plays Steve McDonald in the ITV soap, announced the new addition to his family on Tuesday.

"After talking 2 a belly for 9 months, I can now talk to a beautiful little face & know it's not Mr Hanky. Myself & @emmagleave are thrilled," he tweeted.

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Simon Gregson and Emma Gleave have welcomed their third child together

The actor was inundated with congratulatory messages following the announcement, but has not yet announced the name or sex of his new arrival - a baby brother or sister for the couple's sons Alfie, seven, and four-year-old Harry.

Simon was previously forced to deny that Emma had gone into labour at the end of November after joking that he might have to dash off to hospital while switching on Wilmslow's Christmas lights.

"If my wife's giving birth in hospital who's this pregnant woman I've woke up with at home," Simon tweeted.

The happy news comes after a difficult year for the actor, who is currently taking an extended break from Coronation Street to recover from illness. The 40-year-old announced that he and Emma were expecting their third child together with an amusing Twitter photo in May.

"After a stressful few months… myself and @emmagleave are excited to announce…" Simon captioned the image, which showed him holding a can of beer in one hand, with an arrow and the word "Beer" drawn on his stomach.

Emma, meanwhile, had "Baby" penned across her stomach with an arrow pointing to her blossoming bump. The blonde beauty drew even more attention to her pregnancy by wearing a bright pink crop top and leggings, and had a look of surprise on her face.

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