Hollyoaks actress Bronagh Waugh has welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with husband Richard Peacock.
The Northern Irish actress, 38, confirmed the news in a series of Instagram posts shared with followers on Wednesday.
Captioning the images, Bronagh – best know for her role as Cheryl Brady on the Channel 4 soap – revealed she had given birth almost a month ago.
Happy news: Hollyoaks actress Bronagh Waugh has welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with husband Richard Peacock
She wrote: ‘3 weeks of Heaven with my wee man, my little #cinquodemayo Baby. Mind blown. Heart bursting. I’ve never known tiredness like it but my God is it worth it! Completely & utterly in love.’
The actress originally announced her pregnancy on International Women’s Day in March with a glamorous photoshoot taken over Zoom by Stewart Bywater and published on Instagram.
She wrote: ‘Happy International Women’s Day!’ as she debuted her blossoming bump while clad in black underwear and a dressing gown.
Proud mother: The Northern Irish actress, 38, confirmed the news in a series of Instagram posts shared with followers on Wednesday
Cute: Bronagh and Richard shared their first images of the baby, but ensured its face was obscured
‘Over Lockdown I’ve been busy preparing for my next role (spoiler alert: it’s pretty major – I’m going to be a Ma!)
‘Women’s bodies are incredible with what they can do and what they withstand. Absolute miracle machines and strong as an ox!
‘So Happy International Women’s Day to all of the incredible women out there doing their thing; surviving, thriving, coping and carrying on. You make the World go round & I salute each & every one of yiz!’
Previously: The actress originally announced her pregnancy in March with a glamorous photoshoot taken over Zoom by Stewart Bywater and published on Instagram
Wow: Bronagh showed off her growing baby bump in the images, shot by photographer Stewart Bywater
Emotional: Bronagh shared a message in honour of IWD as she prepares to become a mum
The star’s celebrity pals took to Instagram to share their best wishes, with Laura Whitmore, Noel Clarke and Kieron Richardson all posting sweet messages.
Bronagh also showed off her bump once more as she posed in a cropped t-shirt with the slogan ‘decriminalise’ as she spoke in support of reproductive rights.
She wrote: ‘Being pregnant has only affirmed how important reproductive rights are to me & how we must continue to fight for them.
‘It’s been over a year since abortion was decriminalised in N Ireland and yet still women are being forced to travel to England in the middle of a pandemic to access proper healthcare. It is unacceptable.
‘The UK government, the Secretary of State & Stormont are all playing pass the buck & proper, safe, local abortion services are barely available or hanging on by a thread (due to the sheer perseverance of medical professionals and doctors).
‘This is in spite of the UK Gov decreeing by law, nearly 18 months ago that abortion services should be made available in NI.
Gorgeous: Bronagh wowed in the incredible photoshoot as she revelled in impending motherhood
‘The DUP only a few weeks ago, introduced a bill in Stormont to try & reverse some of our new abortion laws.
‘Women & pregnant people are being let down by both governments in Northern Ireland. Do not let these politicians stand in the way of our rights. We should all have the right to choose.
We should all have the right to proper healthcare. We still have work to do. Lobby your MP or your MLA today to put pressure on them.’
Go for it: Bronagh also showed off her bump once more as she posed in a cropped t-shirt with the slogan ‘decriminalise’ as she spoke in support of reproductive rights
In November 2019 Bronagh spoke of her intention to legally tie the knot with Richard after previously refusing to wed until same-sex marriage was legalised in her native Northern Ireland.
She had previously celebrated her love for partner Richard in a romantic Celtic hand-fasting ceremony in September 2018.
The actress revealed her excitement at legally becoming Richard’s wife, over a year after their initial ceremony.
Radiant: Bronagh showed off her growing bump in the empowering shoot
Baby on the way: The star looked pensive as she penned a heartfelt caption in support of reproductive rights
Smitten: Back in November 2019 Bronagh spoke of her intention to legally tie the knot with her fiancé after previously refusing to have a legal marriage until same-sex marriage was legalised in her native Northern Ireland
She told The Belfast Telegraph: ‘Yes, this is it! Now I can finally get married properly. We are are going to do it. We will dust the dress off and do it properly back in Northern Ireland.
‘I am going to have a big, big party and invite everybody from Love Equality and Amnesty and all my old friends from home and have a big party and celebration for equality.’
Bronagh is known for her role as Cheryl Brady on Hollyoaks between 2009-2013 and serial killer’s wife Sally-Ann Spector in The Fall alongside Jamie Dornan.
Gritty roles: Bronagh is known for her role as Cheryl Brady on Hollyoaks between 2009-2013 and serial killer’s wife Sally-Ann Spector in The Fall alongside Jamie Dornan