What lovely news to start the week! Corrie star Jennie McAlpine has announced on social media that she is expecting her second baby.

The 34-year-old actress – who already shares three-year-old son Albert with hubby Chris – revealed the exciting news on her Twitter account.

She wrote, “We’ve got a bit of news. Pur baby boy is going to be a big brother later this year. We can’t wait to meet you precious one x”.

Aww – how sweet!

The former I’m A Celeb star’s happy announcement was met with a wave of congratulations from her followers – including some of her famous friends.

Catherine Tyldesley simply responded with a range of heart emojis, while Sherrie Hewson commented, “Congratulations gorgeous xxxxx”.

Jennie’s fellow Corrie co-star Samia Longchambon also appeared shocked by the news. She wrote, “Oh wow Jen! Fabulous news… congrats to you all darling! ❤❤❤😘👌🏼 xxx”.

And plenty of Jennie’s other soap colleagues also rushed to share their congratulations, including Wendi Peters and Shobna Gulati.

Following her announcement, Jennie took to her Twitter to thank her followers for their well-wishes. However, many fans had noticed a confusing typo in her first tweet – when she referenced “pur baby boy”.  But Jennie swiftly addressed the error in her original post, explaining that it was down to a case of ‘baby brain’…

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She said, “Thanks for all your lovely messages. Obviously my baby brain is in full force again. Our baby boy. Not pur. Sorry to people who got confused it was about the cat x”.

Jennie and her husband Chris married in 2017, after being together for over 12 years. The couple married in a secret ceremony in January last year, only revealing the news on social media with a picture of their rings.

The pair welcomed son Albert in November 2014.

It’s expected that Jennie will take maternity leave from her role as Fizz on Coronation Street, as she is due later this year.

After welcoming her first son, Jennie admitted that there were times she considered being a full-time mum, and not returning to the soap.

She told The Sun, “There were times on my maternity leave where I thought I’d like to be a full-time mum and there are times I still think that.I did enjoy being off work and being with Albert all day and going to baby groups. I love being at Corrie, but I love being with Albert.

“I’d like to have two parallel lives, one just with Albert all the time and one being at work all the time. That would be better. But other working mums juggle it, so hopefully I can too.”