Former EastEnder is mum to new daughter

Actress Lucy Benjamin has given birth to a daughter.

The former EastEnders star, 36, and her husband Richard Taggart, 30, who she married in March, were celebrating last night at London’s Harold Wood Hospital.

The baby, who had to be delivered by caesarian section, weighed 7lb 7oz.

A friend tells the Daily Mirror: ‘Lucy had been warned she would need a caesarean because the baby was lying breached. But it couldn’t have gone smoother.’

There are rumours that Lucy, who won Celebrity X Factor in June, will return to the soap in the new year.