Hollyoaks and The Traitors star Maddy Smedley gives birth and shares sweet name

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    Actress Maddy Smedley has given birth to a baby daughter.

    The Traitors and Hollyoaks star has shared the exciting news with her social media followers after welcoming a little girl to her family. She also confirmed that the new arrival is called Shelby Rae and shared gorgeous snaps of the bundle of joy.

    Little Shelby was pictured wearing a purple knitted hat and was also seen snuggling up mum in the hospital bed. Maddy announced she was pregnant with her first child with partner Tom earlier this year.

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    Maddy has since been inundated with messages of support from fans and her fellow co-stars. The Traitors star Wilfred Webster penned: "Congratulations" and Alyssa Chan commented crying emoji with two pink hearts. Rayan Rachedi also wrote: "I'm so happy for you, congratulations."

    When sharing her pregnancy news with the world, reality TV star Maddy shared a tear-jerking video of her telling her nearest and dearest. "We can’t wait to meet you! Love you so much already", she wrote to her then unborn baby. Fans will be seeing. a lot of Maddy as she takes centre stage in a gripping Hollyoaks murder plot this week.

    She plays Faye Fuller, the agent of Rayne Royce (Jemma Donovan) in the Channel 4 soap and there's plenty of drama in upcoming scenes as Rayne gets killed. Maddy previously described her latest character Faye as "trashy, sassy and a bit cutthroat".

    Since her first appearance in Hollyoaks, fans have taken to social media to praise Maddy's performance. Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, one fan penned: " "I absolutely love her. From Traitors. So beautiful and funny. Nice to see her on Hollyoaks."

    Another added: "Loving Maddy from The Traitors in #Hollyoaks tonight, would love it if she becomes a permanent character." A third person said: " She’s amazing, well done Maddy." Maddy famously played Rita the homeless woman in EastEnders for one episode, something which came to light during her appearance on The Traitors.

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    The uncovering of Maddy as a professional actress led many of her co-stars to think she had been "faking'" the game all along and her acting abilities were masking her as a Traitor. Although they were eventually proved wrong, the moment helped to put Maddy at the forefront of the show as a Faithful.

    Hollyoaks airs on E4 at 7pm or watch episodes 24 hours earlier on Channel 4 online

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