Jennifer Metcalfe is reportedly expecting her first child with her partner Greg Lake.
The Hollyoaks actress is said to be ‘over the moon’ at the prospect of starting a family with her boyfriend of four years.
A source told The Sun: ‘Jen and Greg are delighted. They have told their friends and family, who are chuffed too.
‘Obviously after her difficult time filming her last pregnancy scenes on Hollyoaks this is a breath of fresh air for Jen.
‘It’s going to be an exciting rest of the year for her.’
MailOnline has contacted Jennifer’s representative for comment.
The 34-year-old beauty, famed for playing Mercedes McQueen on the Channel 4 soap, has been dating former reality star Greg, 32, since January 2013.
Newcastle lad Greg appeared on the first series of Geordie Shore back in 2011 but didn’t last long in the house.
Despite striking up a close bond with Vicky Pattison, with whom he enjoyed a brief flirtation, Greg quit the show due to feeling like an outsider and failing to connect with his male co-stars including Gary ‘Gaz’ Beadle.
Greg was thrust back into the limelight when he started dating Jennifer two years later, and the pair’s relationship has gone from strength-to-strength.
Discussing their long-distance romance with OK! magazine last year, Greg said: ‘It still feels like a six-month relationship because we both live in separate cities and we see each other for three or four quality days on the weekend, it means we’re able to miss each other.’
Greg enthused: ‘The way our relationship is just works for us. It keeps it fresh and exciting and we never argue.
‘I love everything about her. We laugh together – and she’s not bad looking either!’
Jennifer and Greg got together in 2013, shortly after her split with French ice skater Sylvain Longchambon.
The TV stars had known each other for over a year after meeting at various showbiz events; however she was always in a relationship.
Following her split, she took the chance to act on the spark between them while she was doing a pantomime near his Newcastle home – and the rest is history.
Jennifer was devastated when Sylvain ended their two-year relationship in late 2012 in order to start a romance with his Dancing On Ice partner Samia Ghadie.
Speaking out about the situation, she told Fabulous magazine: ‘I don’t wish them well, but I don’t wish them ill. I guess it’s nothing, really, I don’t think anything about them. I’m focusing on my life.’
Jennifer had also started dating Sylvain after being partnered with the French hunk on TV contest DOI – two years before he was paired with Samia.
At the time, the soap stunner was heartbroken when Sylvain revealed over the phone on Christmas day that he had developped feelings for Samia.
The Corrie star and Sylvain tied the knot in August 2016 and have one-year-old son Yves together.