Emmerdale star Amy Walsh, who is expecting her first child with her partner Toby Alexander-Smith, has described her soap co-stars as her sisters.
The actress, 34, who revealed her Girls Aloud sister Kimberleypacked her hospital bag for her ahead of the birth of her first child, recently celebrated a baby shower with her closest pals, including numerous Emmerdale stars.
Speaking after the event, she told OK!: "My friends at work are literally like six sisters to me. We're all so close.
"We've all been through thick and thin. We've all been through a million things together."
She continued as she spoke about her baby shower: "You get so close to people, and being here and celebrating with them is amazing.
"We had Fiona [Wade's] wedding two years ago, Laura [Norton] had a baby last year. It's like we've all had our little moment and this is them being there for me and it's just so lovely."
It comes after Amy, who plays Tracy Metcalfe on Emmerdale, celebrated her first-ever baby shower with her Dales family at The Faversham in Leeds.
During the shower, her sister Sally Shephard read out a personalised poem and Kimberley made a video compilation of Amy being an auntie, which understandably left Amy feeling all the emotions.
“There was not a dry eye in the house,” says Amy, who plays Tracy Metcalfe on Emmerdale. “It was a very emotional day.”
They were joined by were joined by Fiona, Laura, Michelle Hardwick, Natalie Ann Jamieson and Olivia Bromley, as well as Gemma Atkinson and Louisa Clein.
Speaking about the special day further, the soon-to-be mum said: "I loved it all but I think the most beautiful moment was from my sisters.
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"We’ve got a tradition in our family where my mum has always written an ode to us for our big birthdays, so a little poem which says what we’ve been through over the years and what we’ve achieved, and my sister Sally wrote one for me about me becoming a mum."
She added: "The poem suggested how much I adore everyone in my life and their babies and what a good mum I’m going to be. It was so emotional."
Amy also made a speech of her own, as she revealed: "I just showed my appreciation for everyone travelling all that way and making such an effort.
"Then I thanked my friends and sisters for everything they’d organised and then I just cried!"
The star went on: "I said how everyone here has been through thick and thin with me and everyone knows the journey I’ve had and how it’s ended up. It’s been so magical and I feel so lucky to have Toby."
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