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REAL LIFE Emmerdale couple announce they're expecting a baby together

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Real life couple Laura Norton and Mark Jordon have got some big news...

Real life Emmerdale couple Laura Norton and Mark Jordon have announced they are expecting a baby together.

Laura, who is better known to Emmerdale fans as Kerry Wyatt, and Mark, who played Daz Spencer until recently, met on the soap back in 2014.

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The happy couple announced their news to OK! Magazine, and revealed that they discovered they were going to become parents just four days before Laura was due back on the Emmerdale set following the recent halt to filming thanks to coronavirus.

"We were always hopeful we would have a baby one day if we were lucky, so it was a brilliant surprise," Mark told the website.

"The baby is due on Mark's birthday (25th January). How lush is that?" Laura added.

Daz Spencer

Laura and Mark are better known to fans as Emmerdale's Kerry and Daz (Picture: ITV)

While this is Laura's first child, Mark has two children called Poppy and Joseph from a previous relationship.

Laura continued: "Being a mum is something I've always hoped would happen, but you never know. I feel very safe and calm knowing that I've seen what an amazing father Mark is. I have seen how amazing his kids are. I'm really excited to be a mam.

"My Emmerdale co-stars are all overjoyed for us. I think the Emmerdale producer was the first person we told! I miss playing the part and being on set, but it's there waiting for me when I'm ready to go back after having the baby."

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With their wedding plans now on hold thanks to both lockdown and their baby news, the pair have pushed their plans to tie the knot back by a few years.

"We will get married eventually," says Mark. "We're just looking forward to the baby now instead of the wedding!"

Emmerdale will temporarily air a reduced schedule of three episodes a week.

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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 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.