Sheridan Smith has given birth to her first child, a boy, with her fiancé Jamie Horn.
The actress, 38, announced the news in a social media post on Saturday, and gushed she’s ‘overwhelmed with love’ for the new arrival.
Sheridan shared a first glimpse of her son’s tiny hand as she told fans: ‘Our little man has arrived! We are both completely overwhelmed with love.’
Baby news: Sheridan Smith has given birth to her first child, a boy, with her fiancé Jamie Horn (pictured in March)
Just days earlier Sheridan was praised by fans for her ’emotional’ portrayal of an expectant mother living in lockdown during an episode of ITV’s Isolation Stories.
The former Gavin and Stacey star sang to her bare baby bump in the special as she played mother-to-be Mel, who was faced with the prospect of giving birth alone during lockdown.
Sheridan added that she immediately said yes to the project after an initial approach from Oscar nominated writer and producer Jeff Pope.
Sweet: The actress announced the news in a social media post on Saturday, and gushed she’s ‘overwhelmed with love’ for the new arrival
She said: ‘I am heavily pregnant and have been isolating at home so I jumped at the chance to make a drama about the massive drama going on all around us right now.
‘I think it’s really important to try and reflect what’s happening to us whilst it is still.’
Six weeks of government mandated lockdown also made Sheridan acutely aware of her good fortune in having Jamie compared to her character Mel.
‘I’m lucky I have the baby coming soon so it’s been a focus for me,’ she said. ‘I think it would be hard for people like the character I play in the drama, as she is on her own.
Congrats! Many of Sheridan’s celebrity pals rushed to congratulate her in the comments following news she’d given birth
Many of Sheridan’s celebrity pals flooded the comments with their well-wishes, following the news she’d given birth.
Lucy-Jo Hudson wrote: ‘Ahhhh massive congratulations,’ while Catherine Tyldesley added: ‘Oh darling!!! Huge congratulations!! Enjoy every second momma.’
Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure commented: ‘Congratulations lovely!!’
Claire Sweeney penned: ‘Congratulations I’m so happy for you both. Hope you are feeling ok xxxx.’
Radiant: Just days earlier Sheridan was praised by fans for her ’emotional’ portrayal of an expectant mother living in lockdown during an episode of ITV’s Isolation Stories
Happy: Sheridan and Jamie got engaged in May 2018 just three months after meeting on dating app Tinder
Sheridan first confirmed that she and Jamie were expecting in November, when she shared a snap of a baby blanket embroidered with the name: ‘Baby Smith-Horn.’
A month earlier she also took to Twitter where she posted about preparing for her ‘most important role to date’.
She wrote: ‘Super excited for 2020, gonna finally get to work with a producer I admire hugely! But first, my most important role to date..’ along with emojis of a pregnant woman and a woman cradling a newborn baby.
Speculation first began at the Floating Festivals event in October, where she was said to have announced she had a ‘baby on board.’
I’m pregnant! Sheridan confirmed that she was expecting her first child in November when she took to Instagram to post a snap of a baby blanket
Big news: In the post’s caption Sheridan did not directly reference that she was expecting but was still inundated with congratulatory comments from fans
As reported by The Mirror, Sheridan announced: ‘I’ve got a baby on board’, before joking about ‘this morning sickness lark’.
She added: ‘I’ve got buckets in each wing and trainers so I can run. I’m very out of breath. I’ve got all these new symptoms, so sorry!’
Sheridan sent fans into a frenzy by revealing she was suffering from ‘morning sickness’ on a social media post as she prepared to embark on a musical theatre cruise, prompting a rush of fan congratulations.
Exciting news: Sheridan also took to Twitter to confirm the news that she was expecting, as she posted about awaiting her ‘most important role to date’
Alongside a picture of her VIP passes, Sheridan wrote: ‘About to set sail for 4 days, wish me luck with my morning sickness’.
Taking the news as confirmation she might be pregnant, her followers were quick to extend their well wishes and congratulate her.
One posted, ‘Morning sickness?! Huge congratulations xxxx’, while another shared, ‘Oh wow what fantastic news’.
A third wrote, Wow, thank you for sharing your wonderful news with us! Congratulations’, and a fourth fan enthused, ‘Omg…are you having a baby’.
Sheridan also uploaded an Instagram story of her fiancé on board the Stages musical cruise with her, further fuelling fan theories by calling him ‘Daddy Cool’.
She giggled: ‘Daddy Cool… We’re in our little cabin!’, while panning the cameras around the room.
The star had a transformative few months in the midst of her pregnancy with the pair moving house ahead of the birth.
On November 3, Sheridan showed off her growing baby bump in a fitted cream dress as she bought a Range Rover ahead of the birth.
Giving her all: She has been sharing stunning snaps from the show, where she has been sporting loose-fitting costumes
The star posed up with the Saxton 4×4 car salesman in Essex as the garage confirmed: ‘We had the lovely Sheridan Smith in to collect her new Range Rover from our salesperson Alex. Offering both style, luxury and enough room for Mrs Smith’s new arrival.’
Earlier that week the actress took to Instagram and revealed she and Jamie had packed their things and were moving into a new house as she shared a snap of their cars being loaded into a moving van.
Sheridan expressed her excitement alongside the photo, writing: ‘Last part of the house move is the motors. Finally we are off! #newadventures’.
Several people in the comments wished Sheridan well on her move with one writing: ‘New house new baby nothing’s better best of luck and love’.
The theatre star has remained tight-lipped on where she and her beau decided to settle.
Feeling sick? Sheridan sent fans into a frenzy by revealing she was suffering from ‘morning sickness’ before she announced she was expecting (pictured in May)