Emmerdales Andrea Tate star Anna Nightingale expecting second child with fiancé

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Emmerdale star Anna Nightingale has announced she is expecting her second child with her fiancé Daren Dixon.

The 30-year-old, who is best known for her role as Andrea Tate on the ITV soap, revealed the exciting news to OK! Magazine on Monday.

The exciting news came as a surprise to the happy couple who have been struggling to keep the news a secret from fans and their four-year-old daughter Autumn in case she spilt the beans too soon.

But now the news is out there, the new parents can't wait to meet their new arrival who is expected to arrive around May 2022.

Speaking to the publication about how her fiancé reacted to the joyous news, she said: "It's always been a conversation; it's always something we, as a family, have wanted.

"We were kind of like, 'If it happens, it happens, if it doesn't, it doesn't. Daren's very laid-back but his face did drop" she confessed.

"To be honest, it was a bit of a surprise to me as well, until I actually did that test, and even when I did it, I was like, 'Oh, Ok.' And then I did another one!"

She joked: "My daughter's called Autumn so everyone's like, 'When are you having Summer and Winter?'"

And it appears the actress has already been forced to hide her blossoming baby bump on set as she continues filming on the Yorkshire-based soap.

The actress has already explained that the pregnancy will not be part of her character's journey which means the producers on set will need to hide her bump until she goes on maternity leave.

She added: "There's been a lot of me sitting at tables or carrying a well placed bag or clipboard."

The happy couple have been together for 10 years and engaged for seven but the parents are yet to set a date for their big day.

But for the moment the pair are focusing on being parents to their daughter and unborn child as they prepare for the arrival next year.

She added: "After everything we've been through over the past year with the pandemic, it just sort of feels like divine timing to be pregnant.

"I'm honestly just super grateful and it feels like the best time for us as a family."

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