Emmerdale’s Lucy Pargeter has given birth to her twins

She's now a mum of three

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Emmerdale star Lucy Pargeter has given birth to twin baby girls.

The actress – who already has an 11-year-old daughter, Lola, with her partner Rudi Coleano – welcomed her new arrivals last week.

A spokeswoman for the show said: “Lucy Pargeter and Rudi Coleano are delighted to announce the birth of their twin girls, who were born on Thursday April 13.

“All are happy and healthy and Lola is delighted to have finally become a big sister.”

After announcing her pregnancy last year, the former I’m A Celeb contestant revealed what a struggle it had been to conceive.

She said: “Ever since Lola we’ve been trying for 11 years and now we’re expecting twins! We thought if it happens, it happens.

“But it never did. We just thought I was too stressed with work or a house renovation.

Lucy Pargeter and Rudi Coleano

Lucy, 40, has played village favourite Chastity Dingle in the ITV soap since 2002.

The actress’s character has been temporarily written out of the Yorkshire Dales-set soap while she is on maternity leave.

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Chas had been taking care of Liv Flaherty (Isobel Steele), her son Aaron’s (Danny Miller) half-sister while he was in prison as her mother lives in Ireland.

She decided to take Liv to see her mother after she had an accident.

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Lucy said recently: “It’ll be me gone for a while, but not too long, depending. I’ll be back very soon. Fictionally, I’m in Ireland, having a lovely summer.