Hollyoaks star Kirsty-Leigh Porter has revealed her baby girl was stillborn, penning a heartbreaking Instagram post on Tuesday.
The soap actress, 30, told her fans she and partner of three years, Paul, 41, welcomed daughter Penny-Leigh Barber arrived on December 21 last year at just 29 weeks and 3 days old.
Saying she had ‘never felt pain like it’, Kirsty-Leigh shared a picture which showed a card she had received from the NHS following her devastating loss.
She wrote in 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.’
Kirsty-Leigh’s followers sent her their love and prayers following the tragic news, including some of her co-stars.
Rory Douglas-Speed, who plays Joel Dexter on Hollyoaks, wrote: ‘All the love to you both’.
Daisy Wood-Davis (Kim Butterfield actress), commented: ‘So much love mate xxxxxx.’
In November, the Channel 4 soap favourite had told OK! magazine she was expecting her first child with her fiancé.
She told the magazine: ‘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.’
Kirsty-Leigh, who plays Leela Lomax on the soap, has found The One in partner Paul.