Helen George has surprised fans by debuting her baby bump on the TV Choice Awards red carpet, revealing that she is expecting her first child.
After finding love with her co-star Jack Ashton while filming Call The Midwife in South Africa last April, the actress has been lying low for the past few months.
Helen, who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2015, stepped onto the red carpet in a glamorous one-shoulder gown with a thigh-high split as she arrived at London’s Dorchester Hotel for the ceremony.
Cradling her bump, the blonde bombshell walked the carpet solo before going on to join her Call The Midwife cast mates – including boyfriend, Jack.
Helen kept her look simple, with an emerald green clutch and slick of red lipstick.
While Helen is yet to talk openly about her pregnancy, the Call The Midwife Twitter account tweeted: ‘Massive congratulations to @helen_george & @Jackjashton welcome to the best club in the world #parents #callthemidwifebaby babyashton’
There were also several fan messages expressing excitement (and surprise!) about her pregnancy news.
‘Seeing all these photos and discovering that Helen George is pregnant makes me so happy!’ one wrote, while another commented: ‘Since when has Helen George been pregnant?!’.
‘Never mind the royal baby I’m more excited that @helen_george is pregnant @CallTheMidwife1’ a third tweeted, wWth another simply saying: ‘OMG Helen George is pregnant’.
Jack is the first person the actress was romantically linked to following her split from husband Oliver Boot in 2015, after three years of marriage.
Helen and Jack play on-off couple Trixie Franklin and Reverend Tom Hereward are in the BBC One drama together – which went on to win Best Family Drama for the third year running at the awards show.
Helen has been on the show since the beginning in 2012, while Jack joined in series three.
Earlier this year, Jack opened up about his relationship with co-star Helen, as he revealed it was ‘confusing’ dating her after their characters split on the show.