Earlier this month, they announced that they were expecting their first child together.
And Amy Walsh, 34, hinted at her baby’s due date during a performance with her beau Toby Alexander-Smith, 31, on Loose Women on Friday.
Emmerdale actress-to-be Amy, who joked that her grandmother didn’t like having a birthday in December, said: “It could be a Christmas baby. But my grandmother did and she hated it.’
Delighted: Amy Walsh, 34, hinted at her baby’s due date during a performance with her beau Toby Alexander-Smith, 31, on Loose Women on Friday
The soap star, who plays Tracy Metcalfe in the ITV soap, insisted it was love at first sight when she first met EastEnders actor Toby in 2019.
Television personality Amy, sister of Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh, 39, said she questioned her boyfriend on Toby as soon as she saw him when they were both in the Strictly Come Dancing crowd.
She explained: “It was pure coincidence that we were both sitting there in the front row that night.
Partying: Joking that her grandmother didn’t like having a birthday in December, Emmerdale actress Amy said: ‘It could be a Christmas baby’
“He walked in and sat down next to me and I turned to my friend and said, ‘Who is that? He’s so fit!’ And she said, “I knew you’d say that right away.”
“We chatted all night and we got on really well.”
Toby, who plays Gray Atkins in EastEnders, added: “It’s very cozy in that Strictly crowd and we were very much on how we are now…
Look of love: The soap star, who plays Tracy Metcalfe in the ITV soap, insisted it was love at first sight when she first met EastEnders actor Toby in 2019
Old times: The actress – whose sister is Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh – fell for Alexander-Smith while watching Strictly Come Dancing at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire in 2019
“After the show was over I went to the bar and Amy was with people from Emmerdale and as I looked back she had the biggest glass of red wine and a packet of chicken chips and I thought that was a woman after my own heart.”
Amy joined in: “I was mortified when he asked me out because I was still holding them.”
Amy moved in with Toby during the lockdown and they saw a doctor when they first tried to have a baby because Amy has polycystic ovaries.
Fencing star: Toby, who plays Gray Atkins in EastEnders, said he and Amy were snug in the Strictly crowd
Famous family: Amy Walsh (right) is the younger sister of Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh (left), who rose to fame in 2002 on Popstars: The Rivals
She explained: ‘I got pregnant when I was about 20 and when you’re young you don’t worry too much but as you get older it played on my mind especially in my early thirties when I was single. .
“I saw the doctor just before we started trying and she said just go for it and we did!”
When she announced her pregnancy earlier this month, Amy admitted she was excited after convincing herself that she might never have children.
She said OKAY! magazine: ‘It feels like everything was supposed to be like this.
“I thought I might have trouble with fertility so to have pregnancy happen quite easily and when I wanted I was stunned. We feel incredibly lucky…’
Amy was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries when she was 20, a common condition that affects the way ovaries work.
Success: Amy’s Emmerdale character Tracy Metcalfe (pictured) struggles with long-term postpartum depression
She added: “I always thought getting pregnant would be a struggle. Toby knew how worried I was, especially being a little older. I did wonder if it would ever happen for me, so it feels like a blessing.”
The pregnancy news came as her Emmerdale character remained embroiled in a powerful storyline about postpartum depression.
Discussing Tracy’s struggles on a previous appearance on Loose Women, Amy confessed, “It must be tough for anyone who’s been through it.”
After seeing a clip of herself as Tracy, she explained, “I’m even emotional watching that clip, so for anyone who’s been through it, it must be hard to watch. It’s the first time I’ve taken on something very important.”
The soap star also added that the Emmerdale team has “spoken case studies and we have had one-on-one contact with patients suffering from the disease.”
She continued, “So I knew every time I played something it was a reflection of what they were going through. It was a huge pressure, but an honour.’
Moving on: Amy and Toby moved in together during the coronavirus pandemic and started trying to have a baby while living together
Amy demonstrated her knowledge of the disease after working closely with real patients with postpartum depression, saying she thought it was “so important” to remember that “symptoms don’t show up until months later.”
She added: “People think they only suffer for a few weeks and then they get back on track. But research has shown that symptoms don’t show up until months later.
‘One of our case studies didn’t realize until her child was one year old. And I think it’s not dramatizing for the sake of drama, but telling the truth with it.
‘I think they have’ [Emmerdale] that very well done. It didn’t have to be dramatic, it could just be the raw emotions.’
Struggle: The actress was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries when she was 20 and is already mother to sons Bobby, seven, and Cole, four