18/02/2015 15:40 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Emmerdale Actress Nicola Wheeler Announces She's Nearly NINE MONTHS Pregnant


Nicola Wheeler has revealed that she is nearly nine months pregnant with her first child.

Nicola, 40, who plays Nicola King in Emmerdale, has managed to almost reach her due date before news of her pregnancy broke. But on Tuesday she confirmed the news with a tweet:

An Emmerdale source told The Sun, "Everyone is very happy for Nicola, it is wonderful news for her and her partner.

"But hiding her bump has presented a real challenge and the team have had to be very clever in keeping it under wraps."

The source added that Nicola's maternity leave has presented a challenge for the ITV show's writers, as they've had to devise a reason for her absence that is 'in keeping with her character's story - which is the complete opposite of hers.'

Nicola's alter ego, Nicola King, had a miscarriage last December and is now struggling to come to terms with the fact that she won't be able to get pregnant again and she is going through an early menopause.

"But the bosses are happy with the storyline the writers have come up with and hope viewers feel the same," the source added.

Nicola's pregnancy announcement follows that of co-star Emma Atkins, who recently announced that she will also be taking maternity leave this year.

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