Actress Louisa Lytton has revealed that she and her fiancé Ben Bhanvra are expecting their first child together.
The EastEnders star, 32, took to Instagram on Sunday morning to make the announcement as she unveiled her baby bump in a heartwarming video.
With Stevie Wonder’s classic track As playing in the background, the actress shared footage of the card she’d sent to her own mother, in which she revealed the news.
She wrote: ‘Dear Mum, If I am a fraction of the mother you are, I know I’ll be the best. You have held my hand for 32 years, you have taught me right from wrong, corrected my spelling, and helped me see the light at the end of every single tunnel.
And now you will guide me to becoming a mummy. (Just try not to move yourself in or Ben might leave) ❤️ Happy Mother’s Day All, to those that are here, that are not with us in person but with us every moment and to those on a journey.’
Last month, Louisa admitted she felt ‘so anxious’ about collecting her wedding dress, because she doesn’t know if her nuptials will go ahead this year due to pandemic restrictions.
Taking to Instagram on Thursday, Louisa revealed she has left her gown still in the shop due to the uncertainty if she can marry this year.
Worried: Louisa Lytton has admitted she feels ‘so anxious’ about collecting her wedding dress, because she doesn’t know if her nuptials will go ahead this year
Louisa shared a picture of her trying on a bridal dress as she wrote on Instagram: ‘Going to try on wedding dresses feels like a lifetime ago. My mum came to every appointment.
‘I loved every dress. She chose the winner. (This ISN’T it) My dress is still in the shop as I feel so anxious about collecting it?
‘Not knowing if I’ll even be wearing it this year? Brides . . How are you feeling? Are you still counting on 2021 for your big day or are 2022 new dates being discussed? (sic)’.
Tough: The EastEnders actress, 31, revealed last month she and her fiancé Ben Bhanvra have booked their big day for July, but will cancel their wedding if their guests cannot attend
Louisa shared a picture of her trying on a bridal dress as she wrote on Instagram: ‘Not knowing if I’ll even be wearing it this year? Are you still counting on 2021 for your big day?’
The actress – who plays Ruby Allen on the BBC One soap – recently admitted she and Ben will postpone their nuptials if they cannot have ‘the exact wedding’ they want.
Louisa told OK! Magazine: ‘We’ve booked the wedding for July, we just don’t know if it will go ahead. We’ve said that if we can’t have the exact wedding we want, with all our guests, we’ll postpone it again.
‘Otherwise, to me that’s not a wedding – it’s not the wedding I would want. It’s not worth it for us.’
Cancelled by Covid: The couple – who got engaged in the summer of 2019 – were forced to cancel their planned August 2020 nuptials after COVID-19 hit
The soap star insisted she would prefer to wait to have their big day, until it’s completely safe and their guests can fully relax.
Louisa also admitted she has been tempted to completely call off the wedding as she said: ‘part of me felt like scrapping everything and starting again.’
However, the couple would have lost their money if she’d have made the changes she truly wanted, so for now, they’re forging ahead.
But, Louisa insisted that potentially postponing the wedding isn’t a commitment issue after she and Ben bought a huge she said: ‘we know we’re going to be together forever.’
Talking of their plans for a family, Louisa enthused that their pet pooch Riley makes her feel like ‘a proud mum’ and revealed she’s: ‘been broody for a while’ and would ‘love to have a big family.’
The EastEnders star admitted that she’d like more than one child, with Ben concurring, adding that he thinks it’s nice when children have siblings.
Louisa and Ben got engaged on her 30th birthday while on holidays in the Maldives in 2019, after a year of dating.
Love nest: In September, Louisa revealed she and Ben had moved into a new house with after COVID-19 forced them to cancel their big day