Wednesday 25 April 2018

'The three musketeers become four' - EastEnders' Natalie Cassidy announces birth of baby girl with adorable tweet

Natalie Cassidy is best known for her role as Sonia Jackson in BBC soap EastEnders
Natalie Cassidy is best known for her role as Sonia Jackson in BBC soap EastEnders

Adam Boult

EastEnders actress Natalie Cassidy has announced the birth of her second child – a girl, named Joanie Elizabeth.

The star, who plays Sonia Fowler in the BBC soap, tweeted a picture of herself with the newborn on Monday, alongside fiancé Marc Humphreys and older daughter Eliza.

Natalie announced her pregnancy in February, telling her 300,000 Twitter followers: "Evening all. Time to let everybody know that @cameramarc and I are having a baby in the summer. The three musketeers become four."

Natalie started dating Marc, a freelance cameraman, in 2014. The pair got engaged last October.

Natalie had previously been engaged to Adam Cottrell, Eliza’s father. The couple split in 2013 after a volatile four-year relationship, during which time Cottrell was sentenced to 120 hours community service after pleading guilty to assaulting her on two occasions at their home in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

The actress first rose to fame when she joined the cast of EastEnders at the age of 10. She’s also appeared in Psychoville and the Catherine Tate Show, and has appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and Strictly Come Dancing.

In an interview last year she told the Daily Mirror she wouldn’t be keen on her daughter following in her footsteps and becoming an actress.“I wouldn’t want her to do it because I don’t know what it’s like to not be recognised,” she said.

“It’s not a bad thing, because I’m so used to it, but I’d like her to retain her anonymity. I think it’s important. I’d like her to have that for her life, really. I don’t want her to have what I’ve had.

“As soap stars we’re statistically the most famous people in Britain. Bigger than Brad Pitt because you might watch one film a month but we’re there four times a week. I don’t think I’ve ever been on holiday and not been recognised.”

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