Emmerdale's Lucy Pargeter gives birth to twin daughters20th Apr 17 | Parent Trap
Lucy Pargeter fell pregnant after using IVF, following years of trying to get pregnant naturally.
Emmerdale actress Lucy Pargeter has given birth to twin daughters.
The 40-year-old star, who plays Chas Dingle in the ITV soap, and her partner Rudi Coleano welcomed the new arrivals into the world a week ago and are now enjoying their new family alongside 11-year-old daughter Lola.
"Lucy Pargeter and Rudi Coleano are delighted to announce the birth of their twin girls who were born on Thursday, April 13," an Emmerdale spokesperson said in a statement. "All are happy and healthy and Lola is delighted to have finally become a big sister."
Lucy turned to IVF to fall pregnant this time around, after she and Rudi struggled to conceive naturally. She has been written out of the soap, which she has starred in for the past 15 years, temporarily as she is on maternity leave, but promised fans that she will be back at some point.
"It'll be me gone for a while, but not too long, depending," she said previously. "I'll be back very soon. Fictionally, I'm in Ireland, having a lovely summer."
Rudi and Lucy put off having any more children after Lola suffered health problems as a toddler. However, a few years ago, they began thinking about further extending their family and started trying to get pregnant.
After IVF was successful, Lucy had her 20-week scan just before Christmas (Dec16), when she and Rudi were told they were expecting two baby girls.
"We found out at the five-month scan just before Christmas, and we're just over the moon that they're both healthy - it really was the best Christmas present!" she told OK! magazine at the time.
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