EastEnders star Kellie Shirley, 41, welcomes baby boy

Kellie Shirley has welcomed a little boy.

The mum-of-three, 41, announced the happy news on Sunday and shared a heart-melting snap of the tot all bundled up.

Kellie, who is best known for playing Carly Wicks on EastEnders between 2006 and 2008, said in November that she was ‘shocked’ to learn she was expecting another child.

Alongside a photo of her newborn, Kellie wrote over the weekend: ‘So there’s this new fella in my life…. and wow! #babyboy.’

The TV star and her husband Phil Davies are already doting parents to seven-year-old twins Pearl and Louis.

Speaking to OK! late last year, the actress said of her pregnancy: ‘As the pregnancy was a shock, I felt like I wanted to be able to connect with the baby more. I didn’t have a preference – I just want the baby to be healthy.

Writing in Metro.co.uk in December, the star opened up about donating her twins’ umbilical cords to people with blood cancer.


Kellie explained: ‘Blood stored in babies’ umbilical cords is rich in stem cells, which can be transplanted into cancer patients to replace their damaged cells with normal, healthy ones.’

She went on: ‘I thought the umbilical cord was just a piece of flesh attaching the baby to the mother’s placenta. In most hospitals it’s usually thrown away after you give birth (unless it was whizzed up in a smoothie, that is!).

‘But, after chatting with Miriam [González Durántez – the wife of former deputy PM Nick Clegg], I was in awe listening to how amazing and helpful umbilical cords could truly be. How they could give someone who has blood cancer a second chance of life.’

She added: ‘Donating your baby’s umbilical cord doesn’t hurt you or your baby – so it’s a no brainer, and an incredible feeling knowing it can be used for such good.’

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