The story behind Kellie Bright’s Old Hollywood baby name

Kellie reveals newborn's birthday, weight and name - plus the 'scary' first weeks at home


It seems a few soap star celebs secretly gave birth towards the end of last year.


And one of our fave EastEnders actresses, Kellie Bright, was one of them!

The star, who plays Linda Carter on the BBC soap, welcomed her 2nd son on 21 November 2016.

In an exclusive chat with OK!, Kellie revealed her now 3-month-old son weighed 8lb 9oz, and that she and husband Paul Stocker had chosen a classic name for their little boy: Gene Harlyn.

Gene is a Greek baby name that traditionally means ‘well born’. It can also be short for Eugene – but we probably best know it as the first name of Old Hollywood stars like Gene Kelly, Gene Hackman and Gene Wilder, the actor behind the original incarnation of Willy Wonka.

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Kellie said the unusual choice was down to her nan:

“She and I watched a lot of Gene Kelly when I was growing up and [she] just adored him.

“Then Gene Wilder died last year when I was pregnant, so it felt more special.”

Harlyn is often thought of an alternate spelling to the German/English baby name Harlan, which means ‘rocky land’.

So lovely, right? ?

Kellie also opened up to OK! about her son’s difficult 1st few weeks, which saw him diagnosed with bronchiolitis.

“He had a nasty cough but the doctors assured me he’d be fine… then he suddenly went downhill so we rushed him to hospital where he was diagnosed with bronchiolitis.”

“He had to spend a few nights in hospital on oxygen but he’s home now and well on the road to recovery.”

Bronchiolitis is a small inflammation of the airways in the lungs (called bronchioles) and affects 1 in 3 children before their 1st birthday (so it’s pretty common).

We’re so glad little Gene is now on the mend ?

Congrats to Kellie and Paul on their new arrival ?

Images: OK! magazine

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