Hollyoaks' Diane O'Connor is pregnant

Hollyoaks' Diane O'Connor is to discover she's pregnant with Tony Hutchinson's baby

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Hollyoaks' Diane O'Connor

Hollyoaks' Diane O'Connor

Hollyoaks' Diane O'Connor is to discover she's pregnant.

The feisty former school worker - who is portrayed by Alex Fletcher - will learn she is pregnant with Tony Hutchinson's (Nick Pickard) baby following a 'friends with benefits' arrangement.

The news comes as a shock to Diane, who was told she couldn't have kids of her own.

A show insider said: "Diane has been so desperate for a baby of her own, she famously almost pinched one, so the news is amazing. She's secretly over the moon but doesn't know how to deal with the tony aspect of it."

Diane is faced with the dilemma of whether to tell Tony about the miracle tot, particularly as he's just reunited with old flame Jacqui McQueen (Claire Cooper).

The insider added to the Daily Star newspaper: "She [Diane] knows he's happy with Jacqui and this could ruin things for them. But keeping quiet and raising a kid under his nose would be so cruel."

Tony will soon be diagnosed with testicular cancer - which could shatter his chances of having anymore children - and if that isn't heart-breaking enough, Jacqui reveals a big secret to him from her time in prison and flees the village.

Nick said: "I am really excited and hugely honoured to be involved in this upcoming storyline for Tony. As an actor you really want to portray dramatic stories that you can really get your teeth into and that strike a chord with the audience."

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