Eastenders star Kellie Bright welcomes third child after IVF treatment

By Samuel McManus & Gemma McCartney & Dave Clark

Eastenders star Kellie Bright has welcomed a third child with her husband Paul Stocker after successful IVF treatment.

The 45-year-old, who plays Linda Carter in the BBC soap, revealed to OK! Magazine : "We're thrilled to announce the safe arrival of the latest addition to our family. Mum and baby are doing well."

Kellie and Paul are already parents to nine-year-old Freddy and four-year-old Gene, with the latter also conceived using IVF.

The couple decided in 2019 to try for a third child but the first two of their three frozen embryos didn't work.

However, it was a case of third time lucky as the final embryo proved successful following another attempt at IVF in September last year.

When announcing her pregnancy in March, Kellie told OK!: "So this baby inside me now was the last one we had – the last chance of a pregnancy, because at 44 we were not going through IVF again. I believe it was meant to be.

"With the third one, I didn’t think that had worked either because I had a bleed two days before I was due to take the pregnancy test.

Bright and husband Paul Stocker already have sons aged nine and four (PA)

"It was significant enough for me to be in floods of tears with my husband cradling me.

"It stopped quite suddenly, so I still did the test, even though in my heart I thought it hadn’t worked. So when it said 'pregnant' I almost fell to the floor.

"I was so shocked and thrilled, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I ran downstairs to Paul.

"I just stood crying – really crying – and he couldn’t understand a word I was saying! It took my breath away.

"I knew it was my last chance, so the fact it was a positive was so unbelievably wonderful. A truly wonderful, crazy life moment."

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