Congratulations to Natalie Cassidy, who has given birth to a baby girl. The 33-year-old actress and her cameraman fiancé Marc Humphreys welcomed a daughter together at the weekend, with Natalie announcing the happy news with her fans on Twitter on Monday morning.
"@cameramarc and I introduce Joanie Elizabeth Cassidy-Humphreys… We are all so in love!" Natalie captioned the sweet family photograph, which shows her lying in her hospital bed, cradling her tiny newborn. Sitting by her side is proud first-time dad Marc, as well as Natalie's five-year-old daughter Eliza, who looks over the moon to be a brand new big sister.
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Natalie Cassidy proudly announced the arrival of daughter Joanie with a sweet family photograph
Natalie announced her pregnancy in February of this year. "Evening all," she wrote on Twitter. "Time to let everybody know that @cameramarc and I are having a baby in the summer. The three musketeers become four."
The couple met on the set of EastEnders, where Marc was working as a freelance cameraman, and he popped the question last October as the couple celebrated their one year anniversary. Their loved ones were said to be delighted by the news, with a source revealing: "Family and friends are thrilled for Natalie and have been buying gifts for them to celebrate."
Marc was credited with putting a smile back on Natalie's face following the end of her relationship with Eliza's father Adam Cottrell in 2013. The former couple were together for four years before Adam was charged with assaulting the actress and received 120 hours of community service.
Natalie and Marc have been engaged since October 2015
Shortly after she started dating Marc, a source told Closer: "Finding love with Marc has given her a whole new lease of life. She's even hinted that she may be ready to be a mum again.
"She would love a brother or sister for Eliza. She and Marc have spoken about starting a family when they're settled in their new home."