Natalie Anderson has given birth to her first child.
The 'Emmerdale' actress and husband James Shepherd welcomed a son into the world in the early hours of yesterday (01.08.12) morning.
The baby - who has not yet been named - weighed in at 6lb 5oz.
The 'Emmerdale' press team tweeted: "Lovely baby news! @AndersonNatalie has given birth to a gorgeous boy! Congratulations Natalie and James."
Natalie announced her pregnancy in March and departed her role as Alicia Gallagher in 'Emmerdale' last month, though she is planning to return from maternity leave later this year.
Her exit storyline saw the character receive a prison sentence for attacking Val Pollard and Natalie recently spoke of her delight when she heard how she would bow out of the village.
She said: "I really thought they would say, 'She's gone off in a taxi to see her sister', something really normal, and that would be that.
"Then this elaborate story came about with a previous conviction and I was going, 'Thank you'. I just thought it was brilliant.
"I felt privileged they had thought of it that way. The producers have been amazing in the fact they have said I can take as long as I want to.
"I am not under any pressure. Personally, I love my job, and I am thinking maybe I want to come back towards the back end of the year."