This Morning's Sharon Marshall, 46, has given birth to her first child Betsey and Holly Willoughby says she's 'perfect in every way'

The TV presenter, 46, has welcomed her first child, daughter Betsey Fletcher, into the world with partner Paul Fletcher, with Holly describing the bundle of joy as "absolutely perfect".

Speaking on today's This Morning, Phil said: "Betsy Fletcher came into the world at 1pm."

Holly then 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.

"She is absolutely perfect in every way! And look at that photograph of all of them… a little family for the very first time.”

"Huge congratulations – she is beautiful!" Phil enthused.

Sharon – who also works as a scriptwriter on Emmerdale – was presented with balloons and a deluxe  baby hamper when she went on maternity leave from the show last week.

Thanking fans for their well wishes on Twitter, she wrote: "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)"

Sharon announced her baby news in January live on This Morning – shocking Holly and Phil.

She said: "I'm pregnant. I am probably going to say everything wrong.  I am a little bit emotional."

"Who knew? Because we didn't know!" an elated Phil responded.

Sharon then admitted keeping the revelation well under wraps, though revealed she had already confided in  the programme's resident medical expert, Dr. Chris Steele, about her little secret.

She said: "Well I told Dr Chris very early so he's been keeping the secret. Myself and my partner Paul Fletcher, we're 14 weeks along, and we let Dr Chris into the secret a long time ago because he's the king of the corridor consultation."

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