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Baby on way for Emmerdale barmaid Natalie

EMMERDALE actress Natalie Anderson, who plays the soap's barmaid Alicia, is to have a pint-sized addition -- after revealing that she is pregnant.

The 30-year-old star has announced she is four and a half months pregnant with her first child.

The Woolpack pint-puller said she now had the challenge of concealing her bump on-screen until she stops working in June.

"I think there'll be a lot of standing around the bar and carrying huge handbags," she said during an interview with Hello! magazine

Anderson -- a nominee for sexiest actress at the British Soap Awards -- said few people had noticed she was expecting so far.

"We've not been going to many functions and I've been disguising it quite a lot," she said.

She and husband James Shepherd are due to become parents in August and have only told close family and friends so far. They were both moved to tears when she had the first scan - and are eager to learn the sex of the child at the next one. "I cried and James had a tear in his eye," she said of the first scan.

"It was incredible to see the tiny hands and feet, the face and this little thing dancing away.

"We want to know who we're talking to, so we can have nice little conversations."

They are now aiming to extend their home to cope as Anderson's shoe collection currently lives in the soon-to-be nursery room.