19/03/2012 08:47 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Emmerdale Actress Natalie Anderson Is Four Months Pregnant

Emmerdale actress Natalie Anderson has revealed she is four and a half months pregnant with her first baby!

The 30-year-old star - who plays barmaid Alicia in the soap - said she'll probably be disguising her bump on screen with lots of big handbags and standing behind the bar shots!

In an interview with Hello!, Natalie revealed that the baby was due in August, but said that she and husband James Shepherd had only told their closest family and friends so far.

Speaking about her first scan, she said: "I cried and James had a tear in his eye," adding that they were keen to find out if they were having a boy or a girl at their next ultrasound.

She said the couple are now planning to have an extension built on their home - especially seeing as the room which will be the baby's nursery currently houses her huge collection of shoes!

The actress also revealed that she thinks her granddad - who died last year - is watching over her through her pregnancy, saying: "He inspired me. If I'm feeling nervous about the baby, anxious that things will be all right, I feel him around me. It's a lovely feeling, as though I have someone watching over me."

Aw! Sweet! And that must be some shoe collection!