Emmerdale star Mark Jordon has shared a sweet family snap with his rarely-seen eldest daughter Poppy and youngest son Jesse.
The former soap star, 56, who shares his newborn son Jesse with co-star Laura Norton, 37, posed with two of his children and his actress partner.
Mark, who played Daz Spencer on the show, shared the photo to commemorate his daughter’s 21st birthday.
Family photo: Emmerdale star Mark Jordon has shared a sweet family snap with his rarely-seen eldest daughter Poppy and youngest son Jesse
Mark flashed a beaming smile as he posed beside Laura who was cradling Jesse, while Poppy also flashed a grin for the family snap.
Poppy looked every inch the glowing birthday girl in a pretty white polka dot dress, which she styled with a gold chain necklace.
Alongside the image, Mark wrote: ‘My incredible daughter is 21 her love of her new brother is emotionally inspired.
‘My thanks for the beautiful friendship she’s formed with my love @laura_norts is beautiful.
Aw! The former soap star, 56, shares his newborn son Jesse with co-star Laura Norton, 37
‘Every second of every day I value the gift I’ve be given to named Dad to Poppy Jordon . ♥️’
Mark’s co-stars soon left there own sweet messages for Poppy on her 21st birthday.
Fiona Wade posted: ‘Beautiful family!!❤️ Happiest birthday Poppy can’t believe your 21!! Gorgeous girl have the best day! Love you all ❤️❤️❤️❤️.’
Amy Walsh shared: ‘Happy birthday Pops xxxxxx’
Mark’s on-screen daughter Daisy Campbell wrote: ‘Happy bday poppy lots of love ❤️❤️❤️.’
Couple: The soap star couple, who have been engaged since June 2018, took to Instagram to announce the happy news and reveal they had called their son Jesse
The soap star couple, who have been engaged since June 2018, took to Instagram to announce the happy news and reveal they had called their son Jesse.
Sharing a series of stunning snaps of the newborn, Laura, penned: ‘So, on Friday Jan 29th at 1.30am we managed to bring this little champ into the world.
Congratulations! The couple welcomed their first child together in February
‘It was the most incredible, surreal experience I have ever had and probably ever will and my tiny mind is blown. He is perfect and we’re all so happy to welcome him to the fam. Jesse Jordon we’re all head over heels IN LOVE with you.
‘@daddyjordon you were the BEST birthing partner would absolutely not be in one piece without you and @roh_birthcentre are amazing!! All the girls but espesh Amy our midwife who is some sort of super hero.’
Mark also celebrated the arrival of his son as he shared a selection of images taken at the Royal Oldham Hospital over the weekend.
Mum and dad: The soap star couple, who have been engaged since June 2018, took to shared the happy news to Instagram
Sharing a sweet image of Laura with Jesse, he penned: ‘So proud to announce that on Friday 29th Jan at 1.30am @laura_norts gave birth to our beautiful baby boy.
‘Weighing 8lb 10oz , both returned home that day. Huge thank you to the wonderful midwifes @roh_birthcentre. Welcome to the world Jesse Jordon.
Laura and Mark’s Emmerdale co-stars were quick to send their congratulations and well wishes after news of Jesse’s arrival was revealed.
Sammy Winward, play plays Katie Sugden penned ‘so in love with him already and the proudest friend on earth’, while Fiona Wade, who portrays Priya Sharma in the soap, added: ‘Sooo beautiful darling! So incredibly happy for you guys’.
New mama: The Emmerdale actress, 37, looked radiant as she cradled her newborn son in one of the stunning snaps shared to announce his arrival
Adorable: Baby Jesse was born on Friday, with Mark revealing his little boy weighed 8lb 10oz
Happy news: Laura said having her baby boy was ‘the most incredible, surreal experience’
Melanie Hill, who was Avril Kent in Emmerdale, wrote: ‘Congratulations you two love birds!! X can’t wait to meet the little nipper’.
And Anthony Quinlan, who plays Pete Barton on the show, said: ‘Absolute little belter. Congratulations and much love to u all’.
The couple announced they were expecting last August, with Mark insisting he knew his partner was pregnant even before they took a test in June.
‘In my heart I knew before looking at the test. We both looked at the result and there was so much joy, but for a weird moment we were both deadly silent’, Mark said, while the actress added: ‘I had tears in my eyes, we’re over the moon!’
Growing family: Mark, who is also dad to Joseph, 22, and Poppy, 19, with his ex-wife Siobhan Finneran, proudly shared a picture of his fiancée Laura and newborn son
Support: Several of the new parents co-stars wished them well in the Instagram comments
Mark, who already shares Joseph, 24, and Poppy with his ex-wife Siobhan Finneran, admitted the couple tend to ‘go with the flow of things’, while Laura revealed they planned to get a puppy just two weeks before finding out she’s pregnant.
Their baby was due on Mark’s birthday on January 25, with Jesse deciding to make an appearance just a few days later on Friday 29.
On becoming a mother, the brunette told OK! magazine: ‘It’s something I’ve always hoped would happen. I hope my instincts kick in. I feel very calm and safe knowing that I’ve seen what an amazing father Mark and how brilliant his kids are.’
‘Busy weekend’: Mark also shared a few snaps from his time at the Royal Oldham Hospital
Oh baby! Last September, the Emmerdale actress showed off her bump for the first time since announcing her pregnancy and chatted about delaying her wedding plans on Loose Women
The thespians, who have been in a relationship for five years, first met when Shoot to Kill actor Mark joined Emmerdale in 2014.
Laura has portrayed factory worker Kerry in the soap since 2012, while her man made his first appearance as Daz in 2014, a role he played until January 2019.
Last September, the soap duo revealed they’ve been forced to put their wedding plans on hold as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking on Loose Women Mark said: ‘We had hoped it would be this year. I went off on a tour and we were planning everything and we were like, ”As soon as the tour is done we can scoot off.”
In action: The thespians, who have been in a relationship for five years, first met when Mark joined Emmerdale in 2014 (pictured as Daz Spencer and Kerry Wyatt in the show)
‘And now this pandemic has happened. And now something else [Laura’s pregnancy] has happened.’
Their baby news certainly came as a nice ‘surprise’ for actor Mark, who was cleared of assaulting a pensioner in August 2019.
In July 2018, the father-of-two was accused of assaulting Andrew Potts by biting him on the face outside the Farrars Arms in Oldham.
A jury found him not guilty of affray, unlawful wounding and assault by beating, after Mark denied the charges and claimed he was acting in self-defence.