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EastEnders star Ben Champniss welcomes baby boy as Shrimpy actor announces his wife has given birth

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‘Life made’: EastEnders star Ben Champniss welcomes baby boy as Shrimpy actor announces his wife has given birth

EastEnders actor Ben Champniss and his wife Georgie welcomed their first child on Saturday, a baby boy named Robert.

Sharing the happy news on Instagram, Ben – who has played market stall holder Shrimpy on the BBC soap since 2014 – gushed that his ‘life has been made’ and shared a sweet family photo of himself and Georgie with their son in the hospital alongside two close-up snaps of the newborn’s face.

Ben, 36, wrote: ‘Introducing, Freddie Robert Champniss. Born Saturday 24th July at 5.40pm. Weighing 7lbs.’

Congratulations: EastEnders actor Ben Champniss, 36, and his wife Georgie welcomed their first child on Saturday, a baby boy named Robert

Congratulations: EastEnders actor Ben Champniss, 36, and his wife Georgie welcomed their first child on Saturday, a baby boy named Robert

Soap star: Ben has played market stall holder Shrimpy on EastEnders since 2014

Soap star: Ben has played market stall holder Shrimpy on EastEnders since 2014

The actor added: ‘Georgie is the coolest, most unbelievable person I know, and both her and Freddie are doing so well!!

‘We’re so happy to finally meet you, Freddie! The final piece of the puzzle. Life made.’

Doting mother Georgie cradled little Robert, who lay bundled in a towel across her chest, while Ben rocked a trilby teamed with a striped jumper and looked down adoringly at his son.

Ben’s little lad arrived a week late, with the soap star revealing on Instagram that Georgie’s due date had been exactly seven days prior.

Ben told his fans: 'Introducing, Freddie Robert Champniss. Born Saturday 24th July at 5.40pm. Weighing 7lbs'

Ben told his fans: ‘Introducing, Freddie Robert Champniss. Born Saturday 24th July at 5.40pm. Weighing 7lbs’

Ben added: 'Georgie is the coolest, most unbelievable person I know, and both her and Freddie are doing so well!'

Ben added: ‘Georgie is the coolest, most unbelievable person I know, and both her and Freddie are doing so well!’

Late: Ben's little lad arrived a week late, with the soap star revealing on Instagram that Georgie's due date had been exactly seven days prior

Late: Ben’s little lad arrived a week late, with the soap star revealing on Instagram that Georgie’s due date had been exactly seven days prior

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Sharing a snap of himself pointing at his wife’s bump, Ben wrote: ‘Today is our due date! A decent walk to try and get this little fella on the move! (We’re very aware of the other techniques as well by the way….!)’

Ben and new mum Georgie – who works for travel company Haven – celebrated their three year wedding anniversary in May with a trip to Cornwall.

The pair have been an item for a decade, with Ben recently sharing a post of himself cuddled up to his wife alongside the caption: ‘Look at those youngsters!! 9 years ago in Manchester.’

Anniversary: Ben and new mum Georgie – who works for travel company Haven - celebrated their three year wedding anniversary in May with a trip to Cornwall

Anniversary: Ben and new mum Georgie – who works for travel company Haven – celebrated their three year wedding anniversary in May with a trip to Cornwall

Long term: The pair have been an item for a decade, with Ben recently sharing a post of himself cuddled up to his wife alongside the caption: 'Look at those youngsters!! 9 years ago in Manchester'

Long term: The pair have been an item for a decade, with Ben recently sharing a post of himself cuddled up to his wife alongside the caption: ‘Look at those youngsters!! 9 years ago in Manchester’

Announcing that he and his wife were expecting a baby boy in February, Ben wrote on Instagram: ‘Georgie and I are delighted to announce that we’re having a baby!! We couldn’t have wished for a better way to celebrate 10 years of being together and 3 years married!’

He added: ‘We can’t wait to meet you baby boy!!!’

In a series of images shared at the time, Georgie could be seen placing a hand on her growing stomach while also holding up an ultrasound for the camera, while Ben showed off a sweet white baby grow with: ‘Baby Champniss’ written across it.

Incredible news: Ben announced that he and his wife were expecting a baby boy in February

Incredible news: Ben announced that he and his wife were expecting a baby boy in February

Baby on board! Ben wrote when announcing that he was going to be a dad: 'Georgie and I are delighted to announce that we're having a baby!'

Baby on board! Ben wrote when announcing that he was going to be a dad: ‘Georgie and I are delighted to announce that we’re having a baby!’

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