Heavily pregnant EastEnders star Kellie Bright keeps cool as she counts down the days to birth

HEAVILY pregnant EastEnders star Kellie Bright tried to keep cool in the summer heat as she counts down the days to giving birth.

The 44-year-old – who plays Mick Carter's wife Linda on the BBC soap – stepped out in a flowing black dress.

She was walking her dog in Hertfordshire with her husband Paul Stocker close to where EastEnders is filmed at Elstree Studios.

Kellie has been an EastEnders star since 2013, when she joined Albert Square as landlady of the Queen Vic.

She's taking maternity leave ahead of having her "miracle" third child through IVF.

Kellie sufffered criticism after falling pregnant at the age of 44 – and hit back saying "nobody would bat an eyelid" if she was a man.

Kellie, who plays Linda Carter in the soap and is already mum to sons Freddy, nine, and Gene, four, went through a "rollercoaster ride" during her IVF journey that was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But some felt she was "too old" to be growing her family.

"First of all, if I was a man having my third child at 44, no one would bat an eyelid," she told OK! magazine.

"Don't forget my husband is much younger than me.

"He's in his thirties, so he's still running around after the kids, which is great. We met when I was 31 and I didn't want to jump straight into having kids."

She explained that she would've "finished having babies at the end of her thirties" if there was a chance to map out her perfect life.

"But who gets to pick their life like that?" she concluded. "We had fertilitty struggles we didn't expect and had to just deal with it."

Actress Kellie went on to reveal how the couple required IVF treatment after "struggling to get pregnant" with their second child.

The soap star said she was 39 when they tried the treatment for the first time, managing to get "four, good strong embryos", one of which became her son Gene.

Kellie and Paul then had to use the following three embryos trying for their third baby, with their "miracle" third chance working out after "the first two embryos didn't work".

She explained that the pair decided to try for a third child at the end of 2019 but their plans were put on hold by the coronavirus outbreak.

"This baby inside me now was the last one we had," she revealed. "The last chance of pregnancy, because at 44 we were not going through IVF again. It was a rollercoaster.

"I believe it was meant to be. [It was] a real roller-coaster."

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