Heather Peace expecting a child with her wife

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Actress and musician Heather Peace has announced that she is expecting a daughter with her wife Ellie.

The out Waterloo Road and Lip Service star, who entered into a civil partnership with long-term girlfriend Ellie in 2013 and converted to a marriage last year, broke the news at a concert in Brighton last night.

Confirming the news on Twitter, she wrote: “Brighton gig. Thank you. So thrilled to share the news with you.

“Ellie is pregnant with our daughter and she arrives in 3 weeks. EXCITED!!!

“Thank you so much for all of your beautiful messages to myself & [Ellie] on the imminent arrival of our baby. We are so lucky. Xx”

The singer last summer unveiled Brighton’s temporary rainbow crossing, to celebrate pride and the release of her gay anthem We Can Change.

She said:  “I knew there could be no better place in Europe to create a Rainbow Crossing than in my home town of Brighton.

“We Can Change is my big gay anthem. It’s an empowering tribute to equality and I wanted the crossing to be a beautiful symbol to represent that during LGBT Pride month.

“It’s a gift from me to anyone that embraces diversity.”

The temporary crossing has since been removed – but the council is said to be discussing proposals to bring it back as a permanent fixture.

Update: An earlier version of this article referred to Ellie as Mrs Peace’s “partner”, as it was believed the pair were still in a civil partnership. It has since emerged that they have converted their partnership to a marriage, and so the phrasing has been amended accordingly.