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EastEnders star Lacey Turner announces 'early' arrival of her second child

Lacey Turner as Stacey Slater
Lacey Turner reveals a secret about her first scenes as Stacey Slater (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron)

Lacey Turner has welcomed her second child into the world...

EastEnders star Lacey Turner has announced the safe arrival of her second child after welcoming a baby boy with husband Matt Kay.

The actress, known for her role as Stacey Slater in EastEnders, announced that she was expecting her second child back in September.

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The couple, who already have an 18-month old daughter called Dusty, had kept the gender of their new arrival a surprise, preferring not to find out before the birth.

Lacey and Matt's baby boy arrived on 3rd February weighing 6lbs, almost a month before his due date of 1st March.

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Lacey told OK! Magazine: "Matt and I are so completely besotted with our early surprise and Dusty is so in love with her new baby brother! How lucky we all are".

Stacey is back in EastEnders

Lacey will take a break from playing EastEnders favourite Stacey Slater as she goes on maternity leave (Picture: BBC)

Lacey has always been very open about the fact she suffered two miscarriages before Dusty came along, hoping that talking about the subject will help other couples going through the same thing.

Announcing her pregnancy last year, Lacey told OK! "After last time, we learned the best way was to have the attitude of 'if it happens, it happens'  - and then it did!

"It was a lovely surprise. It took so long with Dusty, but now they're coming along like buses! After the heartbreak we went though, it's a miracle to fall pregnant so quickly.

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"I didn't know how long it would take and you worry you may suffer more heartache, but, thankfully, everything has been fine.

"I don't think pregnancy will ever be an exciting experience for me as I always have that worry in the back of my mind, but the further I go into the pregnancy, the less I worry.

"Matt's more positive than me."

EastEnders airs Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One - see our TV Guide for full listings.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 


As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.