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Tina Malone. PA

Tina Malone. PA

Tina Malone. PA

Shameless actress Tina Malone has announced she is pregnant at the age of 50.

Malone and her husband Paul Chase, who is 19 years her junior, married in 2010 and decided to try for a baby two years ago.

The actress said she is four weeks pregnant after choosing to undergo IVF in Cyprus where donors can still remain anonymous.

Mum-of-one Tina gave birth to her daughter Danielle Malone when she was 17.

Since her appearance on Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 4 in 2009, Tina has lost 11 stone after she was fitted with a gastric band.

She met her husband Paul at a weight-loss and fitness bootcamp.

"I think it's important that I'm much more healthy than I was 20 years ago," she said.

"I've had ECGs, I've had blood tests, we've had everything done. And physically, mentally, emotionally, and even financially, believe it or not, I'm better than I have been for 20 years.

"And I've got the best man or partner I could ever have.

"I have a beautiful, wonderful talented daughter, but it would be just so nice for us to have a baby.

"We realise it's early but it would just be so nice. But we are aware there can be pitfalls, we are only five weeks, and we're ready.

"The more relaxed you are with IVF and the more positive you are the better."

The actress was considered too old to have NHS fertility treatment in the UK.

Two embryos were implanted and Tina said she would be "ecstatic" if she is expecting twins.

"Fingers crossed we're having twins and it's a boy and a girl," she said.

"I'd be ecstatic," she told reporters.

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