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Thursday 18th July 2019

Devastated Hollyoaks actress Kirsty-Leigh Porter reveals daughter was stillborn

She said her heart has "never felt pain like it"

Kirsty-Leigh Porter has shared the sad news that her daughter was stillborn.

The Hollyoaks actress has revealed that her and fiancé Paul's "beautiful baby girl" was "born sleeping" last month, and the 30-year-old star has "never felt pain like it".

She shared a photo to Instagram on Tuesday showing her baby girl's hand prints and foot prints and her hospital wrist band.

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My heart has never felt pain like it. Sleep sweetly our angel.

She captioned the post: "Our beautiful baby girl, Penny-Leigh Barber was born sleeping on the 21st of December 2018 at 6.49am, 29 weeks & 3 days young.

"My heart has never felt pain like it. Sleep sweetly our angel. We will always love you. Love your Mummy & Daddy My Everything (sic)."

Kirsty-Leigh - who plays Leela Lomax on the Channel 4 soap - had announced her pregnancy in November, six months in, admitting she and Paul were "really, really happy".

Kirsty-Leigh shared the sad news on Instagram (Credit: Brett D. Cove / Splash News / SplashNews.com)

She told OK! Magazine at the time: "We were really, really happy. You just feel everything at once.

"With acting, you don't know when you're okay to be like, 'Let's take a year out and do this.' You're just prepared when it happens, and we're so happy it's happened for us now."

The former Emmerdale star admitted she wakes up "happy" every day since finding love with Paul.

Kirsty-Leigh said she and Paul were "really happy" to be expecting a baby (Credit: Instagram @kirststarburst)

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She said: "Something just clicks. If you're in a relationship and it's not working then you find yourself having to try. With him, it's just not like that. We make an effort but it's not hard work - it's just so natural and effortless."

Kirsty added that she knows she's found love because "every day you wake up and you're happy".

Paul admitted he "didn't believe in all that 'when you know, you know' stuff" until he met Kirsty.

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