Ex-EastEnders star Brooke Kinsella gives birth and names him after late brother

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Former EastEnders star Brooke Kinsella has given birth to a baby boy.

The 38-year-old actress took to Instagram on Wednesday (June 29) to share the exciting news with her followers.

Alongside an adorable black and white snap of her newborn son, she penned a message where she confirmed his special name.

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She wrote: "Ben Ross Boardley 29/06/22.

"A perfect miracle given to us on a day when so much was taken away.

"Named after the very best of men. He will do them so proud, I know it already."

Unsurprisingly, Brooke's adorable social media post confirming the safe arrival of her bundle of joy has been inundated with messages from her fans.

One fan penned: "Oh Brooke, he’s beautiful x"

Another gushed: "Oh wow, angels are definitely walking with you."

A third person posted: "Most certainly a sign from above and so incredibly precious. He is so beautifu.l "

While a fourth social media user said: "I think Ben sent you a gift to help ease your grief on this day."

Ben's birth is extra poignant as it comes on the 14th anniversary of his uncle's murder.

Brooke's brother and his friends were out in June 2008 near his family home in Islington, North London celebrating his GCSEs when he was attacked by Juress Kika, Jade Braithwaite and Michael Alleyne.

The trio of teenagers spotted Ben and his mates walking to get a taxi and cornered him.

They stabbed him 11 times in just five seconds. In 2009, all three got life after being convicted of murder.

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Brooke, who married husband Simon back in 2017, made no secret that she wanted more kids following the birth of her daughter 18 months ago.

She said: "I come from a really big family and I’m so close to my siblings.

“Having someone to go through life with is really important and I’d love to give Elsie that. There’s plenty of room in our home for another little one."

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Brooke's most notable TV role is Kelly Taylor in EastEnders, between 2001 and 2004.

She also has her own drama school called True Stars Academy.

The soap star has since become an anti-knife crime campaigner following her brother's tragic death.

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to the prevention of knife crime.

In December 2018, Brooke appeared in an episode of the BBC One series Defenders UK to talk about the murder of her brother, Ben.

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