Claire Sweeney, 43, Announces She Is Five Months Pregnant With Ex-Fiance's Baby

Claire Sweeney, 43, is five months pregnant with her ex-fiancé Daniel Riley's baby and they're both thrilled despite the fact they split up in April.

Former Brookside actress Claire and computer software tycoon Daniel stayed good friends after they broke up and are both looking forward to becoming parents.

Claire confirmed the happy news to her 25,000 Twitter followers, writing: "Thrilled to say my show that I co-wrote Sex and the Suburbs has opened to rave reviews. But the BEST news is I'm 5 months pregnant!!"

Claire's ex Daniel also made an announcement on Twitter saying: "I'm going to be a dad. Love you already son. Blessed."

The actress, who appeared in the first ever series of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, got engaged to Daniel on Christmas Eve 2013 and planned to wed the 28-year-old in the House of Lords, but the relationship ended last month.

The news comes as her new play Sex and the Suburbs opened at the Liverpool Royal Court on Friday night.

Her agent Jonathan Shalit, Chairman of Cole Kitchenn, said: "Claire could not be happier. To be pregnant and starring in her own show in her home town of Liverpool is all her dreams come true at once."

Just 12 months ago, Claire told Hello! magazine: 'The reason I've never married or had children is because I take it very seriously and I hadn't met the right person.

"I'm a workaholic. I've had a great life and a fabulous career. It would take a very special man to make me stop and want to be with them.

"Daniel is that person. I was thrilled when he asked me to be his wife."

In the past Claire admitted that Daniel had helped her restore her dream of having children.

At the time she said: "I definitely want to have children, that's still part of my plan, so hopefully watch this space.

"I believe in fate but I think you do start thinking; yes I am at an age now where I do have to think about it and consider it.

"But then a friend of mine has just got pregnant at 46. She had been trying for years for a baby and then got pregnant naturally at 46."