The Emmerdale star delivered her first child on 13 March (15) but only revealed the news on Twitter.com on Saturday (04Apr15).

The news was confirmed on the official account for the soap opera in a message stating, "BIG congratulations to @nicola_wheeler and her baby boy, who arrived on Friday 13!"

Wheeler added, "Thank you for all your lovely tweets! My boy is a dream. Sleeping is overrated anyway. Happy Easter mmmm chocolate egg for breakfast."

Wheeler announced in February (15) that she and her partner, identified only as Matt, were expecting their first child, just one month before her due date.