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Last Updated: Wednesday March 17 2010 13:35 GMT

Strictly's Natalie having a baby

Natalie Cassidy (Photo: Yui Mok/PA)

Strictly Come Dancing star Natalie Cassidy is expecting her first child.

The former EastEnders actress found out she was pregnant over Christmas and said that she and her boyfriend, Adam Cottrell, are really happy.

Natalie, who played Sonia Fowler in EastEnders, said she wanted children "so much" and that it had been a "very emotional" experience for her.

She said she wanted lots of children with transport boss Adam, who she met at a music festival.