Gemma Atkinson and her partner Gorka Marquez have welcomed their first child together, a baby girl.

Former Emmerdale actress Atkinson announced the news on her Instagram page, saying that she gave birth to their "beautiful baby daughter" on Thursday July 4 at the Royal Bolton Hospital in Greater Manchester.

The 34-year-old star wrote: "And just like that, we're a three! Our beautiful baby daughter arrived on Thursday 4th July and myself and Gorks couldn't be happier.

"Shes incredible and she certainly made an entrance, giving us all quite a fright at times! Little Miss independent already! Thank you SO much to the nurses & doctors at The Royal Bolton Hospital who did the most incredible job taking care of myself and my baby.

"You're all so wonderful and I'm so grateful to have had you all with me and to have been under your care these past 4 days.

"Back home now for family time and to introduce little lady to her big brothers Norman & Ollie.... Let the next life chapter begin @gorka--marquez"

Marquez also took to Instagram to mark the happy occasion.

He wrote along with a photo of them smiling together: "Our beautiful baby daughter arrived on Thursday 4th July and myself and Gem couldn't be happier.

"She's incredible and she certainly made an entrance, giving us all quite a fright at times. @glouiseatkinson my absolute HERO! After seeing you go through all you did to bring our little girl to life has made me love and respect you even more.

"What a trooper you are. I couldn't be more proud of you!! Thank you SO much to the nurses & doctors at The Royal Bolton Hospital who did the most incredible job taking care of gem and our baby. Back home now for family time."

The couple met on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017 when contestant Atkinson was partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec and professional dancer Marquez was paired with Alexandra Burke.

Atkinson later opened up about their romance, saying that it was "a gradual thing" with "no lightning bolt moment".

They announced that they were expecting a baby together in February.

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