EastEnders' Louisa Lytton on filming her Ruby Allen baby while pregnant in real life

Sam Warner
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From Good Housekeeping

EastEnders star Louisa Lytton has opened up about her real-life pregnancy and how it has affected her character Ruby Allen's storyline.

The actress revealed the happy news that she's expecting her first baby with fiancé Ben Bhanvra with an adorable clip.

The announcement came amid the on-screen storyline, which has seen Ruby recently suffer a miscarriage, having discovered she was pregnant after previously only pretending to be so.

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Appearing on yesterday's (March 24) Loose Women, Louisa was asked about whether it was tricky to portray the story on screen while being pregnant in real-life.

"It was definitely a strange time," she admitted. "I sort of found out I was pregnant and knew I was going back to work to film.

"So I guess I was more stressed than I would have been, just because naturally it was at the forefront of my mind, because that's the storyline I was playing out.

"But I told the bosses quite early on, I just said, 'This endometriosis storyline is really important to me and I really want it to continue to play out. I don't want it to be put on hold because of my situation.'"

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Speaking further about the endometriosis storyline, Louisa explained: "We start to see that's where the complications come from, and for the next few months we delve into endometriosis, what it's like to have it, what problems it can cause.

"So it's a very strange time for me, you can only imagine – but it's the job, isn't it? So it's no-one's fault."

During the interview, Louisa also updated the panel on her and Ben's wedding plans, admitting they've cancelled their ceremony following delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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"Yeah we've cancelled the wedding," she explained. "Basically, I said to Ben, 'Let's start trying, it doesn't look like the wedding's happening,' and then we fell pregnant and officially our wedding could go ahead.

"But it's too late now. It's all gone out the window, but it's fine."

For more on endometriosis, including information and support, please visit Endometriosis UK or call the free confidential endometriosis Helpline on 0808 808 2227.

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