Emmerdale stars Chelsea Halfpenny and James Baxter welcome first baby and share adorable snap of newborn | The Sun

EMMERDALE stars Chelsea Halfpenny and James Baxter have become parents for the first time.

Chelsea, 31, who is known for playing Amy Wyatt on the ITV soap, shared the happy news today – revealing their baby was born a couple of weeks ago.

Posting a picture of the baby’s feed, she wrote: “The best thing that’s ever happened to us arrived a couple of weeks ago, and she’s absolutely class. The little love of our lives! 🤍 @jamesbaxterrealtalk.”

Her celeb pals rushed to comment on it, with Laura Norton commenting: “Just over the moon it’s going to be the best looking , funniest child on the planet. love you clever lady 😍.”

Matt Willis wrote: “Amazing!xx”

And Sammy Winward added: “Beyond happy for you both.”

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Chelsea, who also starred in Casualty and James got engaged in 2022 – 16 years after they first met.

Chelsea first met James Baxter aged 14 during a drama workshop.

The pair reunited at the National Television Awards in 2018 and six months later, they went on their first date – with James proposing last year.

The star previously recalled her first encounter with James, 31, nearly two decades ago.

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"I really fancied him and he did not fancy me at all! He's a year older and I thought he was really cool, but I also remember thinking, 'Well, no wonder he's not interested, because he's just so much older than me!,'" she told the Mirror.

In 2010, Chelsea joined Emmerdale playing Val and Eric Pollard's troubled foster child, she caused chaos in the village and kept the residents on their toes in a series of storylines – but in 2013, Chelsea confirmed that she was leaving The Dales.

Meanwhile, James played Arthur Thomas' half-brother Jake Doland months before Chelsea had joined the soap – so sadly their paths didn't cross.

Chelsea explained how her Emmerdale co-stars would speak about James on set.

"I knew exactly who they meant because I remembered this gorgeous boy with the spiky hair that I fancied so much!" she said.

The pair then met again at the NTA awards in 2018 – Chelsea attended with BBC One's Casualty for her role as Alicia Munroe and James was with the Still Open All Hours crew, which stars legendary actor David Jason.

She revealed that it was James' "turn to chase her" after she spent years having a crush on him which left him surprised.

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