Coronation Street actor Alex Bain and his girlfriend, Levi Selby, have become parents after welcoming their daughter, Lydia-Rose.
The ITV star is said to be delighted by the new arrival and the couple have received congratulatory messages from friends online.
Taking to Facebook, one friend wrote: “Congratulations Levi and Alex on the birth of your baby girl!”
Another said: “Congrats to you and Alex on the arrival of your baby girl! So proud!”
A third gushed: “All these babies being born are making me impatient, these 26 days need to hurry up, but congratulations to you and Alex, I bet she’s beautiful.”
Meanwhile, Levi’s mother Judith Calvert tagged the pair in her status saying: “All I can say is my girl did herself proud.”
Elsewhere, a source told The Sun: “[Alex and Levi] are absolutely over the moon – it’s the greatest gift they could have hoped for this Christmas.”
The couple reportedly split earlier this year, but Alex, who plays Simon Barlow in Coronation Street, quashed the rumours.
On Facebook he wrote: “For all those wondering, I’m still with my girlfriend Levi and I honestly cannot wait for my little baby girl to arrive!
“I cant wait to have my own little family!”
Levi was badly trolled after announcing she was expecting a baby with the star, with one branding her a “slapper”.
However, her mother leapt to her defence, posting: “Do not judge my daughter by your own low standards.”
Coronation Street are set to air a teen pregnancy story next year when Amy Barlow (played by Ella Mulvaney) falls pregnant.
The daughter of Tracy (Kate Ford) and Steve (Simon Gregson) McDonald will find out she is expecting at the tender age of 14.
However, the father of the child has not yet been confirmed and few details has been given about the story.
A TV insider said: “Amy is seen sobbing her heart out, asking her granny Liz to help. Steve finds a pregnancy kit and tells Tracy about it and they both lose their rag.
“Tracy says she wants to kill the baby’s father.”
The source went on to tell The Sun: “They demand an abortion and Amy agrees but changes her mind at the 11th hour.”
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Alex Bain and a Coronation Street spokesperson for comment.
Coronation Street continues tomorrow on ITV.