Former Emmerdale star Adele Silva (pictured) has revealed she turned down a return to the soap because she is pregnant after a string of miscarriages.
It is the first time the 34-year-old actress has spoken out about her heartbreak.
She told Hello! Magazine: "Some of my friends will be shocked to learn about my previous pregnancies and miscarriages, as I kept them to myself.
"But I want other women to know there's light at the end of the tunnel."
Silva, who is 22 weeks' pregnant, said she did not return for her final scenes in the soap because she wanted to concentrate on her first child with fiance Oliver Farber.
"I want this to be a success story. It sounds awful but I wasn't remotely excited before my five-month scan," she said.
"I didn't want to think about it just in case it was bad news. Now I'm excited but I always touch wood. I know I'm extremely lucky to get this far."