She announced that she was welcoming her first child in January on the mid-morning stalwart.

And now it has been revealed that This Morning’s resident Soap Queen Sharon Marshall, 46, welcomed a gorgeous baby girl, Betsy, on Monday.

Opening Tuesday’s show, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield announced the thrilling news by sharing a glowing family portrait of the television expert with her partner Paul Fletcher and their new addition moments after her birth.

Congrats: This Morning's resident Soap Queen Sharon Marshall, 46, welcomed a gorgeous baby girl, Betsy, on Monday

Congrats: This Morning's resident Soap Queen Sharon Marshall, 46, welcomed a gorgeous baby girl, Betsy, on Monday

Congrats: This Morning’s resident Soap Queen Sharon Marshall, 46, welcomed a gorgeous baby girl, Betsy, on Monday

Welcoming viewers to the show, Phil shared: ‘We have a new member of the This Morning family!’ as picture of the trio flashed up on screen.

Holly added: ‘Yes, just a week ago to the day in fact, our Soap Queen Sharon Marshall was right here before she headed off on maternity leave, and she did not hang about – Betsey Fletcher came into the world at 1pm yesterday and according to her parents, she is absolutely perfect in every way! 

‘And look at that photograph of all of them… a little family for the very first time.’

A beaming Phillip continued: ‘Sharon and her partner Paul would like to thank the amazing NHS staff at Queen Charlottes and Chelsea Hospital for their wonderful care throughout her pregnancy. Huge congratulations to you all, she is beautiful!’

While Holly reiterated his well wishes and gushed Holly: ‘She really is, well done, well done.’ 

Fantastic: Opening Tuesday's show, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield announced the thrilling news by sharing a glowing family portrait of the television expert with her partner Paul Fletcher and their new addition moments after her birth

Fantastic: Opening Tuesday's show, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield announced the thrilling news by sharing a glowing family portrait of the television expert with her partner Paul Fletcher and their new addition moments after her birth

Fantastic: Opening Tuesday’s show, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield announced the thrilling news by sharing a glowing family portrait of the television expert with her partner Paul Fletcher and their new addition moments after her birth

Sharon, who also works as a scriptwriter on Emmerdale, was presented with balloons and a baby hamper when she went on maternity leave from ‘This Morning’ just last week, and thanked fans for their good wishes.

She wrote on Twitter at the time: ‘Thank you once again This Morning viewers for the lovely messages, letters, toys and most of all – beautiful knitting. 

‘We have been so honoured and touched that you’d take the time to wish our growing family well. See you at the other side. (sic)’ 

The thrilling news comes after she previously revealed she was pregnant live on air.

'We're so thrilled': The 46-year-old broke down in tears with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield as she revealed she was 14 weeks along

'We're so thrilled': The 46-year-old broke down in tears with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield as she revealed she was 14 weeks along

‘We’re so thrilled’: The 46-year-old broke down in tears with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield as she revealed she was 14 weeks along

Emotional: Struggling to hold back her tears, she told a delighted Holly and Phil: 'I'm pregnant! I'm probably going to say everything wrong but I'm happy, this is happy tears!'

Emotional: Struggling to hold back her tears, she told a delighted Holly and Phil: 'I'm pregnant! I'm probably going to say everything wrong but I'm happy, this is happy tears!'

Emotional: Struggling to hold back her tears, she told a delighted Holly and Phil: ‘I’m pregnant! I’m probably going to say everything wrong but I’m happy, this is happy tears!’

The 46-year-old broke down in tears with Holly and Phillip in January when she revealed she was 14 weeks along – gushing that she and partner Paul were ‘so happy and thrilled’ at the news.

At the time, Sharon had been delivering her daily dose of soap gossip on the ITV sofa, when she announced her happy news to fans.

Struggling to hold back her tears, she told a delighted Holly and Phil: ‘I’m pregnant! I’m probably going to say everything wrong but I’m happy, this is happy tears!’

At which an overjoyed Holly simply replied: ‘It is just the most wonderful news!’

So excited: Gushing of her partner, she said: 'Paul is really really happy, we're so thrilled, we just can't wait'

So excited: Gushing of her partner, she said: 'Paul is really really happy, we're so thrilled, we just can't wait'

So excited: Gushing of her partner, she said: ‘Paul is really really happy, we’re so thrilled, we just can’t wait’

She went on to admit that Dr Chris, who has been the resident medical expert on This Morning since 1988, was one of the first people she had told.

‘I told Dr Chris very early, so he’s been keeping the secret,’ she explained. ‘We’re 14 weeks along, and he is the King of the corridor consultations so we had to let him know!’

Unable to hold back her tears, she then added with a laugh: ‘Why am I so hormonal?’, leading Holly to joke: ‘Get used to this, it doesn’t stop!’

She also revealed that she and Paul are expecting the tot, who will be their first child, in July.

Blossoming: Sharon proudly showed off her growing bump on the show in a stylish floral maxi dress, styled like a shirt

Blossoming: Sharon proudly showed off her growing bump on the show in a stylish floral maxi dress, styled like a shirt

Blossoming: Sharon proudly showed off her growing bump on the show in a stylish floral maxi dress, styled like a shirt

'Beyond happy': After the show, the Lancashire native took to her Twitter page to share a photo of their baby scan, and thank fans for their support and well-wishes

'Beyond happy': After the show, the Lancashire native took to her Twitter page to share a photo of their baby scan, and thank fans for their support and well-wishes

‘Beyond happy’: After the show, the Lancashire native took to her Twitter page to share a photo of their baby scan, and thank fans for their support and well-wishes

Gushing of her partner, she said: ‘Paul is really really happy, we’re so thrilled, we just can’t wait.’

Before joking of her soap segment on the episode: ‘I deliberately took out anything related to babies because you’ll cry and then I cry!’

After the show, the Lancashire native took to her Twitter page to share a photo of their baby scan, and thank fans for their support and well-wishes so far.

She wrote in the caption: ‘Thank you so much for your lovely messages, Paul and I are beyond happy.’

Delighted: Sharon and Paul, who is a music marketing executive, have been together for a number of years, and currently live in West London (pictured in February 2016)

Delighted: Sharon and Paul, who is a music marketing executive, have been together for a number of years, and currently live in West London (pictured in February 2016)

Delighted: Sharon and Paul, who is a music marketing executive, have been together for a number of years, and currently live in West London (pictured in February 2016)

Sharon and Paul, who is a music marketing executive, have been together for a number of years, and currently live in West London.

The journalist is a popular member of the This Morning team, having been their resident soap expert since 2003.

In January last year, Sharon even paid tribute to the show’s late agony aunt Denise Robertson at the National Television Awards, by wearing her earrings on the red carpet.

Denise died from pancreatic cancer in March 2016 at the age of 83, but Sharon wanted the broadcaster to be ‘on stage with them’ while they collected their award, having worked on the show for 27 years.

Emotional: Sharon is a popular member of the This Morning team, and wore the earrings of the show's late agony aunt Denise Robertson at the National Television Awards last January

Emotional: Sharon is a popular member of the This Morning team, and wore the earrings of the show's late agony aunt Denise Robertson at the National Television Awards last January

Emotional: Sharon is a popular member of the This Morning team, and wore the earrings of the show’s late agony aunt Denise Robertson at the National Television Awards last January

 

 

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