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No rest for pregnant Leigh as she juggles new baby, work and wedding plans

ACTRESS Leigh Arnold is getting ready for her biggest role to date as she prepares to say 'I do' later this year.

The 33-year-old star of TV3's drama Deception is tying the knot with her long-term beau Steve Davies in Ireland next August.

The Dublin native, whose new show hits screens tonight, is also pregnant with baby number two with the arrival due two months before her wedding.

Juggling a new baby, acting career and a wedding might be enough to send most women into a tailspin.

But not so Leigh, who says she is more than happy keeping busy.

"We are getting on great with wedding plans and plan on getting married at the end of the summer in Ireland," she said

Wedding plans aside, Leigh and her partner Steve are also preparing to welcome a little brother or sister to baby son Hunter, who is now eight months.

The former star of The Clinic said she plans to throw all her energies into baby number two.

"I'm four months pregnant so the bump is just starting to show and I'm really loving mummyhood so I'm happy to just concentrate on that until baby number two is born early next summer. Once that happens it's back in the saddle and hopefully back to some great acting roles."

Obviously one lady keen for a challenge, Leigh started filming for TV3's new drama just five weeks after having her first baby. Spending so much time on set in Spiddal, Co Galway, was a scenic start to motherhood for her, according to Leigh.

"It was without a doubt one of the happiest and most fulfilling times in my life.

"I was filming a brilliant drama in the most beautiful part of Ireland and had just given birth to my beautiful baby son so it was an overwhelming time and tiredness played as a back burner whilst filming.

"It was only when I got back home to the UK that I completely crashed."

In Deception, Leigh takes on the role of glamorous wife Catriona, whose property developer husband Jack French suffers the humiliation of going bankrupt.

And like most new mums, Leigh was conscious of having to wear such tight-fitting clothes for her character Catriona, so soon after having a baby.

"I was very conscious of my lumps and bumps being shown off.

"But I was told that Catriona has to wear tight fitted, booby-revealing clothes as that is who she is and how she gets what she wants in life.

"I had a lot of pulling in my tummy moments, but after a while there is only so much you can do so you have to trust in yourself and forget about it or else your acting will suffer."