Hollyoaks’ Kieron Richardson welcomes his twins to the world

He and husband Carl Hyland were helped by the British Surrogacy Centre

Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson has welcomed twins with his husband Carl Hyland.

The actor, who has played Ste Hay on the soap for 10 years, posted a picture of two hospital wristbands with the names and times of birth of his children – Chase and Phoebe Rae.

Kieron and Carl revealed in December last year that they were expecting twins via a surrogate.

In a video shared on Instagram, they revealed their Christmas tree was decorated with “baby on board” signs, before they unveiled a sign that said “twins coming 2017″.

Along with the post, Kieron wrote: “Merry christmas to us thanks to the British surrogacy centre.”

The twins were born on May 22, with Chase at 6.11pm and Phoebe Rae shortly after at 6.34pm.

Former Hollyoaks actor Anthony Quinlan congratulated the pair, writing on Twitter: “Congrats to u both with your new little family x.”

The official Hollyoaks Twitter account also shared a message for the couple.

Kieron, who came out as gay in 2010, married Carl in 2015.