Strictly couple Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez welcome “beautiful baby daughter”

The pair met while competing in Strictly Come Dancing in 2017

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez

Gemma Atkinson has said she โ€œcouldnโ€™t be happierโ€ after giving birth to a baby girl with her Strictly co-star Gorka Marquez.

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The couple met when Gemma joined the line-up for Strictly Come Dancing 2017. Professional dancer Gorka was paired up with the singer Alexandra Burke, while soap actress Gemma reached the final with Aljaz Skorjanec.

However, Gorka and Gemma quickly began a romantic relationship โ€“ and have now welcomed their first child together.

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๐šƒ๐™ท๐™ด ๐™ป๐™ฐ๐š‚๐šƒ ๐™ฟ๐™ธ๐™ฒ ๐™ฑ๐™ด๐™ต๐™พ๐š๐™ด ๐š†๐™ด ๐™ฑ๐™ด๐™ฒ๐™ฐ๐™ผ๐™ด ๐Ÿน๐Ÿฅฐ Our beautiful baby daughter arrived on Thursday 4th July and myself and Gem couldnโ€™t be happier ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— She's incredible and she certainly made an entrance, giving us all quite a fright at times. @glouiseatkinson my absolute HERO! After seeing you go through all you did to bring our little girl to life has made me love and respect you even more. What a trooper you are. I couldn't be more proud of you!! โ™ฅ๏ธ Thank you SO much to the nurses & doctors at The Royal Bolton Hospital who did the most incredible job taking care of gem and our baby. ๐Ÿ™ Back home now for family time ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿคฑ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ #blessed

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Gorka announced on Instagram: โ€œOur beautiful baby daughter arrived on Thursday 4th July and myself and Gem couldnโ€™t be happier. Sheโ€™s incredible and she certainly made an entrance, giving us all quite a fright at times. @glouiseatkinson my absolute HERO! After seeing you go through all you did to bring our little girl to life has made me love and respect you even more. What a trooper you are. I couldnโ€™t be more proud of you!!โ€

Gemma also shared news of the birth, writing: โ€œAnd just like that, weโ€™re a three!โ€ She added: โ€œLet the next life chapter begin.โ€

The Strictly couple had announced their pregnancy in February, when Gemma posted an adorable picture of their two dogs Norman and Ollie. The dogs had specially-made signs around their necks reading: โ€œGuess whatโ€ฆ Mumโ€™s pregnant,โ€ and: โ€œWeโ€™re going to be big brothers!โ€

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And the dogsโ€™ very important roles will not be forgotten โ€“ as Gemma wrote: โ€œBack home now for family time and to introduce little lady to her big brothers Norman & Ollieโ€ฆโ€