Soap fans will already know that EastEnders star Kellie Bright is expecting baby no 2.
The 40-year-old, who plays Walford legend Linda Carter on the hit show, is set to welcome a sibling for her 5-year-old son Freddy, with husband Paul Stocker, in November this year.
But for long-time ‘Enders viewers wondering how long Linda will be away from the square… you can rest assured that she’ll be back before you know it!
The actress revealed in a recent interview that she’ll be taking six months maternity leave before returning to work.
“I’ll be on maternity leave for six months,” Kellie told InsideSoap magazine.
“EastEnders were really flexible and left it entirely up to me.
“I didn’t want to be away forever but I also wanted enough time at home to enjoy my new baby.”
Here here, we say.
There’s nothing wrong with heading straight back to work if that’s what you fancy – or that’s what you need to do – but it’s also nice that Kellie can take a bit of time (certainly not a huge amount of time) to spend with her newborn.
Of course, celebs and even many of us regular folk are fortunate to have maternity leave at all – as some soon-to-be parents just don’t have the option available.
Here’s hoping Kellie enjoys those new mum months!
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