Former Corrie star Katherine Kelly gives birth to first child

Best Exit, 2012Former Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly has given birth to a baby girl.

The 34-year-old actress announced in September that she was expecting her first child with husband Ryan Clark.

A representative for the couple confirmed the birth, adding that they have chosen to name their daughter Orla.

Kelly, who is best known for playing fiery Becky McDonald in the ITV soap, met Clark, an amateur boxer from Melbourne, Australia, two years ago.

The couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas in August last year.

Soapworld: Poppy and Becky, CorrieKelly wreaked havoc on the cobbles as Becky for six years between 2006 and 2012.

Since leaving the soap, she has starred in BBC Four biopic The Best Possible Taste as Lee Middleton, wife of the larger-than-life disc jockey and entertainer Kenny Everett.

She later landed the leading role of Lady Mae Loxley in ITV’s department store period drama Mr Selfridge – which was recently recommissioned for a third series.

(pictured: above – Katherine Kelly at the British Soap Awards 2012, below – a scene from Corrie ft. Katherine Kelly as Becky and barmaid Poppy, played by the late actress Sophiya Haque)

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