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Leigh will need to visit the clinic...as she reveals first baby on the way

ACTRESS Leigh Arnold has announced that she is expecting her first baby with fiance of two months Steve Davies.

The 31-year-old has a busy year ahead of her as she gears up for her biggest role to date, motherhood.

Leigh, who moved to the UK in January, confirmed her pregnancy and said she and her partner Davies (43) are "delighted".

"I don't want to say too much as it is early days, but we're over the moon," the star said.

The brunette beauty, who got engaged to Manchester-based Steve in September after he proposed to her on a weekend trip to Ireland, is now looking forward to the arrival of her first baby as well as preparing for her big day.

The Dubliner, who is best known for her starring role in RTE drama The Clinic, previously dated socialite Marcus Sweeney and restaurateur Sasha Evans. However, she found her Mr Right six months ago after meeting through mutual friends.


Leigh is hoping to walk down the aisle to wed her beau next year, and the couple celebrated their engagement with a romantic holiday to Ibiza in October.

At the time, Leigh said she was delighted after Steve popped the question and they were looking ahead to the future together.

"We are over the moon," she said. "Steve asked me to marry him over the weekend. We are both so excited and looking forward to a wonderfully happy future together."

A friend of Leigh's said: "She was absolutely gobsmacked. But she's absolutely thrilled. There's no plans in place yet, it's way too early for that but when they do get married, she wants a really small, intimate affair. It won't be anything too showy. That's just not her."

The socialite moved to the UK to pursue her acting career last January -- making a new life for herself and leaving the tight-knit Dublin scene behind.

Mancunian Steve is a director for Stanton Fisher and a few months ago Leigh moved up to the city to be closer to him.

She has described him as "the most handsome fella in the world" and has posted pics of the pair of them kissing passionately. The actress brought him back home to Dublin in April to meet her family.

Foxrock native Leigh comes from a well-known Dublin family. Her sister is top model Chloe Arnold, who's dating musician Justin Manville.