Eastenders star James Bye, who plays Martin Fowler on the hit soap, has announced he’s expecting a baby boy with wife Victoria.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with OK Magazine, the actor revealed his joy at the news that the couple would be welcoming their third child into the world.
James – who is already dad to sons Edward, 5, and Louis, 2, – said: ‘I’m over the moon it’s a boy. I play a lot of golf and you tend to go out in a group of four, so I have my future golf team ready now!’
The news is particularly emotional for the couple as their dreams of becoming parents again were rocked with by Victoria’s diagnosis of endometriosis.
The condition – where tissue that lines the womb grows outside of the uterus – can affect fertility.
After undergoing two surgeries last year, the couple were warned that there was a real possibility that Victoria may not be able to fall pregnant.
Explaining her ordeal, Victoria said: ‘We thought we’d fall pregnant quickly again. We tried for a couple of months and nothing happened.’
She added: ‘Then I began suffering from aches and pains in my abdominal area. I went for tests and it transpired I had severe endometriosis.’
But then to the couple’s complete surprise they defied the predictions of medical professionals.
‘Month after month, we’d see negative tests. But then in June we went to the Soap Awards and I didn’t fancy drinking, which is unlike me. When we got home I did a test and it was positive – we were so surprised!’
‘We’re having a boy!’
And it looks like there could be even more exciting news in store for the family of four as Victoria hinted at a vow renewal ceremony to celebrate the strength of her relationship to her husband of six years.
She said: ‘If you can get through having toddlers, you can get through anything! I’d like to renew our vows on our ten-year wedding anniversary – I’ve already started planning it!’
Read the full interview in this week’s issue of OK Magazine, out Tuesday October 23rd.