Former Emmerdale actress Sophie Powles has announced she is pregnant with her first child.

Sophie, who is best known for playing Holly Barton on the ITV soap, revealed her happy news by showing off her bump in a swimsuit.

Wearing a leopard print swimsuit, Sophie's blossoming bump was front and centre in the sunny holiday snap as she relaxed beside her filmmaker partner Mark Waters - reports Mirror Online.

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Sophie captioned the snap: "And so the adventure of us three begins"

And she was soon inundated with congratulatory messages from her followers.

The 32-year-old star landed the role of Holly when she was a teenager and she appeared on screen from 2009 to 2012.

Sophie then returned briefly in 2016 before leaving again when her character was killed off.

In July last year, the actress revealed she felt like a 'failure' after having to take a cafe job while looking for other acting work.

Sophie opened up about the struggles of hailing from a working class background and trying to get a foot in the door of acting roles.

Last year, she worked at High Mood Food in Chelsea, which she said felt like a 'defeat.'

Sharing her employment woes on Instagram, Sophie said: " I moved to London a few years ago to further pursue my acting career.

"Eventually I realised the lessons I was learning. To just find happiness in the everyday and the people you have around you.

"To be grateful for just simply waking up and being healthy. Breaking the habit I had of thinking I will be happy when I get that acting job or that audition.

"To know that the depression and anxiety I continue to fight is only temporary.

"It’s so hard to even get an audition or email answered never mind an actual job.

"Alongside various odd acting jobs the truth is I have spent most of my time working in a health food cafe. It felt like defeat. It felt like failure."

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During her time in Emmerdale, Sophie won praise for her role as the troubled Holly Barton who died of a drugs overdose.

Viewers saw party-loving schoolgirl Holly's descent into addiction after she moved to the village with her family.

Following a doomed romance with Aaron Dingle, Holly started using cocaine which led to a full-blown heroin addiction.

Holly's dependence spiralled when her mum Moira's affair with Cain Dingle was exposed.

The teen's problems took another hit when her father John was killed in a car crash and the grief caused her to overdose.

Sophie Powles as Holly Barton in Emmerdale
Sophie Powles as Holly Barton in Emmerdale

After getting clean Holly left the Dales to move to London in 2012, with actress Sophie leaving the soap.

Sophie then briefly returned as Holly in 2016 when a storyline saw her return to the village while on the run from a drug dealer.

Sadly, Holly relapsed and was found dead in her sleep following another overdose.

The dramatic end came as a genuine shock to viewers as producers managed to keep the bleak conclusion a closely guarded secret, a feat that has become increasingly rare in soaps.