Hollyoaks star Bronagh Waugh announces that she has welcomed a baby boy with husband Richard Peacock

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Hollyoaks actress Bronagh Waugh has welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with husband Richard Peacock.

The 38-year-old Northern Ireland star confirmed the news in a series of Instagram posts to fans on Wednesday, two months after announcing her pregnancy.

Captioning the footage, Bronagh – best known for her role as Cheryl Brady on the Channel 4 soap – also revealed that she gave birth almost a month ago.

Happy news: Hollyoaks actress Bronagh Waugh has welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with husband Richard Peacock

Happy news: Hollyoaks actress Bronagh Waugh has welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with husband Richard Peacock

She wrote: ‘3 weeks of heaven with my little man, my little #cinquodemayo Baby. Mind blown. Heart bursts. I’ve never known such fatigue, but my God is worth it! Totally & utterly in love. ‘

The actress originally announced her pregnancy on International Women’s Day in March with a glamorous photo shoot taken over by Zoom Stewart Bywater and published on Instagram.

She first revealed her baby bump, writing: ‘About Lockdown I’ve been busy getting ready for my next role (spoiler alert: it’s pretty big – I’m gonna be a mom!)

Grim Roles: Bronagh is best known for her role as Cheryl Brady on Hollyoaks

Grim Roles: Bronagh is best known for playing Cheryl Brady on Hollyoaks between 2009-2013

Proud mother: The 38-year-old Northern Irish actress confirmed the news in a series of Instagram posts shared with followers on Wednesday

Low key: Bronagh - best known for her role as Cheryl Brady on the Channel 4 soap - revealed she gave birth almost a month ago

Proud mom: Northern Irish actress, 38, confirmed the news in a series of Instagram posts shared with followers on Wednesday

Nice: Bronagh and Richard shared their first images of the baby, but made sure to darken the face

Nice: Bronagh and Richard shared their first images of the baby, but made sure to darken the face

‘Women’s bodies are incredible at what they can and what they resist. Absolute miracle machines and ox so strong!

So Happy International Women’s Day to all the incredible women doing their thing; survive, thrive, survive and carry on. You make the world go round and I greet everyone yiz! ‘

The star’s famous friends took to Instagram to share their best wishes, with Irish presenter Laura Whitmore and former Hollyoaks co-star Kieron Richardson both posting sweet messages.

Bronagh also showed off her stomach as she posed in a short T-shirt with the slogan ‘decriminalize’ while speaking in support of reproductive rights.

Previously: The actress originally announced her pregnancy in March with a glamorous photo shoot that Zoom took over

Previously: The actress originally announced her pregnancy in March with a glamorous photo shoot that Zoom took over

Wow: Bronagh showed off her growing baby bump in the photos taken by photographer Stewart Bywater

Wow: Bronagh showed off her growing baby bump in the photos taken by photographer Stewart Bywater

Emotional: Bronagh shared a message in honor of IWD as she prepares to become a mother

Emotional: Bronagh shared a message in honor of IWD as she prepares to become a mother

She wrote: ‘Being pregnant has only confirmed how important reproductive rights are to me and how we should keep fighting for them.

It has been more than a year since abortion was decriminalized in Northern Ireland and yet women are forced to travel to England in the midst of a pandemic to access quality healthcare. It is unacceptable.

The UK Government, Secretary of State and Stormont all play pass the buck & good, safe, local abortion services are barely available or hanging by a thread (due to the sheer persistence of medical professionals and doctors).

This is despite the fact that nearly 18 months ago, the UK government mandated by law that abortion services should be made available in NI.

Stunning: The actress marveled at the remote shoot while enjoying the impending motherhood

Stunning: The actress marveled at the remote shoot while enjoying the impending motherhood

The DUP just introduced a bill in Stormont a few weeks ago to try to reverse some of our new abortion laws.

Women and pregnant people are being abandoned by both governments in Northern Ireland. Don’t let these politicians get in the way of our rights. We should all have the right to choose.

We should all be entitled to good healthcare. We still have work to do. Lobby your MP or your MLA today to put pressure on them. ‘

Go for it: Bronagh also showed off her stomach when she posed in a short T-shirt with the slogan 'decriminalize' while speaking in support of reproductive rights

Go for it: Bronagh also showed off her stomach when she posed in a short T-shirt with the slogan ‘decriminalize’ while speaking in support of reproductive rights

In November 2019, Bronagh spoke about her intention to legally marry Richard after she previously refused to marry until same-sex marriage was legalized in her native Northern Ireland.

She had previously celebrated her love for partner Richard at a romantic Celtic hand-fasting ceremony in September 2018.

The actress revealed her excitement about Richard’s wife becoming legal more than a year after their first ceremony.

Radiant: The Irish star looked radiant as she placed a hand on her growing belly

Radiant: The Irish star looked radiant as she placed a hand on her growing belly

Baby on the Go: The star also wrote a heartfelt caption in support of reproductive rights

Baby on the Go: The star also wrote a heartfelt caption in support of reproductive rights

Baby on the Go: The star also wrote a heartfelt caption in support of reproductive rights

Beaten: In November, Bronagh spoke out about her intention to legally marry after she previously refused to marry until same-sex marriage was legalized in her native Northern Ireland

Beaten: In November, Bronagh spoke out about her intention to legally marry after she previously refused to marry until same-sex marriage was legalized in her native Northern Ireland

She told The Belfast Telegraph: ‘Yes, this is it! Now I can finally get married properly. We’re gonna do it. We will dust the dress and do it right in Northern Ireland.

“I’m going to have a big, big party and invite everyone from Love Equality and Amnesty and all my old friends from home to a big party and a celebration for equality.”

Bronagh is known for her role as Cheryl Brady on Hollyoaks between 2009-2013 and the wife of serial killer Sally-Ann Spector in The Fall alongside Jamie Dornan.

Lead role: Bronagh played Sally-Ann Spector in The Fall alongside Jamie Dornan

Lead role: Bronagh played Sally-Ann Spector in The Fall alongside Jamie Dornan

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