EastEnders star Kellie Bright pregnant at 44

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EastEnders star Kellie Bright has revealed she is pregnant at the age of 44.

The actress confirmed she is expecting her third child with husband Paul Stocker after undergoing IVF treatment using a frozen embryo, following two failed attempts.

“I want to be open and honest about this, because I think it’s important for younger women to understand,” she told OK! magazine.

“It’s important for women to know that, yes, you can have children in your forties and, yes, you can be lucky and do it naturally. But for a lot of us it doesn’t work that way, so I wouldn’t suggest leaving it late by choice.”

Kellie had her first child Freddie naturally in December 2011, but “really struggled” to get pregnant with her second child, four-year-old son Gene, and underwent IVF to conceive.

The actress has made no secret of her wish to add to her brood, but when the first two frozen embryos didn’t work last year, Kellie was sure the third would also fail after suffering a bleed before taking a pregnancy test.

“After the first one, I was philosophical. After the second one, I started to panic. And with the third one, I didn’t think that had worked either because I had a bleed two days before I was due to take the pregnancy test,” she recalled. “So when it said ‘pregnant’ I almost fell to the floor. I was so shocked and thrilled, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

“I knew it was my last chance, so the fact it was a positive was so unbelievably wonderful. A truly wonderful, crazy life moment.”

Kellie, who plays Linda Carter in EastEnders, is due to give birth in August.

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