02/08/2011 19:32 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Hannah Waterman Has Baby Boy

Hannah Waterman has baby boy PA

Former EastEnders actress Hannah Waterman has given birth to a baby boy with her partner, The Bill star, Huw Higginson.

Hannah hit the headlines earlier in the year when she was pictured sporting a huge baby bump - at the time, her new relationship - and indeed her pregnancy - had been closely guarded secret.

Hannah, 36, began dating Huw last year after she split from her husband and former EastEnder's work-mate, Ricky Groves.

Romance was said to have blossomed with Huw - who she had been friends with for ten years - after she put him up in her flat when he separated from his wife, Geraldine Dove-Higginson.

Hannah was quoted at the time her pregnancy was first revealed as saying she had been keen to start a family, and because of her age did not want to leave it too long:

'I'm 35 and I didn't want to wait around because, as everyone knows, it can be harder to conceive as you get older.

'But we didn't expect it to happen so quickly.'

Congratulations to Hannah and Huw.