Anna Friel's partner DAVID THEWLISS almost collapsed during the birth of their baby, because he thought the infant's head had come off.

Friel gave birth to a beautiful daughter called GRACIE three months ago - but she suffered a particularly gory delivery, and Thewliss feared everything was going wrong.

She says, "I'd watched birthing programmes relentlessly but you never get a real impression of what it's like.

"David got a bit scared at one stage. The doctor was pulling with all his might, there was a sloshing sound and he fell back with his face covered in blood.

"David went white - he actually thought the doctor had pulled the baby's head off."