British soap actress Adele Silva is expecting her first child.

The former Emmerdale star is more than halfway through her pregnancy and tells Britain's Hello! magazine that she and her businessman fiance Oliver Farber kept the news quiet during those 22 weeks because she had suffered three miscarriages in the past.

Silva, 34, tells the publication, "Some of my friends will be shocked to learn about my previous pregnancies and miscarriages as I kept them to myself... But I want other women to know there's light at the end of the tunnel. Every day now, I just think 'Wow'.

"I want this to be a success story... It sounds awful but I wasn't remotely excited before my five months scan. I didn't want to think about it just in case it was bad news. Now I'm excited but I always touch wood. I know I'm extremely lucky to get this far."