Emmerdale star Verity Rushworth pregnant with her first child

Gemma Strong

Congratulations to Verity Rushworth who has announced she is pregnant with her first child. The 30-year-old star, best known for playing Donna Windsor in Emmerdale until 2014, is expecting a baby with her husband Dominic Shaw, with the new arrival due in the summer.

Taking to Twitter on Monday to share the happy news, the actress told her 42,000 followers: "Yey! @dominicmshaw and I are expecting our first baby this summer. So excited!!" She also shared a slightly blurry photo of herself and Dominic, who she married in 2013, their excitement evident as they pose for the snap.

Verity Rushworth is expecting her first baby with husband Dominic Shaw

Not long afterwards, the couple shared a second, tongue-in-cheek photo, referencing Verity's pregnancy. The actress can be seen pretending to eat two large beef burgers, which a cartoon caption bubble alongside that reads 'Eating for two'. Dominic, meanwhile, is reaching for a bottle of beer, with the punchline, 'Drinking for two'.

The news might come as a surprise to fans, given that Verity was scheduled to tour the UK in the upcoming play Breakfast At Tiffany's, from May until June this year. The actress had been cast as lead Holly Golightly in the energetic show, and has had to step down from the show after discovering she is pregnant.

The couple shared a tongue-in-cheek photo following the announcement

She is being replaced by Emily Atack, who will share the role with Pixie Lott. Director of the show Nikolai Foster said: "It's a thrilling prospect for all of us to be working with actors who are perfectly suited to the role and will encourage a new generation of theatregoers to share Capote's beautiful story. We cannot be sad to be losing Verity as it is for such a happy reason and we all wish her well with her pregnancy."

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