Helen George has given birth to a baby girl with Call the Midwife co-star Jack Ashton.
The actress, 33, confirmed the news on Monday evening by sharing a photo of their first child with followers on picture messaging service Instagram, and admitted the birth came earlier than expected.
Captioning the shot, she wrote: ‘When your baby turns up early for her own baby shower, welcome to the world little one. What an amazing day, we have the best friends.’
Happy news: Helen George has given birth to a baby girl with Call the Midwife co-star Jack Ashton, more than a month earlier than expected
The image shows a beaming Helen protectively cradling her baby daughter while partner Jack cuts a celebratory cake as a small group of friends look on.
Earlier this year, Jack – who plays Reverend Tom Hereward alongside Helen’s Trixie Franklin – reflected on his relationship with his co-star after their characters split on the BBC show.
Speaking to breakfast show Lorraine, he said: ‘That’s the confusing bit – as long as I know where we’re going.’
Delighted: The actress, 33, confirmed the news on Monday evening by sharing a photo of their first child with followers on picture messaging service Instagram
Asked when they began to date, he revealed that they got close in April, when the pair were abroad filming the Call The Midwife Christmas special.
‘It blossomed in South Africa I think, around that time,’ he explained.
As Lorraine told him that she met her cameraman husband at work, Jack reasoned that it’s tough to meet anyone outside their field.
‘It’s the long hours,’ he claimed. ‘It’s where you meet people.’
She’s expecting: Helen previously revealed her baby bump at the TV Choice Awards in September
Helen previously revealed her baby bump at the TV Choice Awards in September, before sharing images of the baby gifts she had received from cast-mates prior to her maternity leave.
‘Beautiful send off from the best crew #callthemidwife – no plans to leave the show just a bit of time off,’ she captioned the shot, adding: ‘And the sex will be a surprise to us all. Boys can wear pink too.’
Helen has starred on Call The Midwife since its creation in 2012, while Jack made his debut in series three.
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