Kieron Richardson expecting twins

Kieron Richardson and his husband Carl Hyland are to become the parents of twins when their surrogate gives birth next year

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Keiron Richardson and Carl Hyland via Instagram

Keiron Richardson and Carl Hyland via Instagram

Kieron Richardson is set to become a father next year.

The 30-year-old actor and his husband Carl Hyland, whom he married last year, have taken to Instagram to reveal that they will become the proud parents of not one but two children when their surrogate gives birth next year.

The couple shared the news in an adorable festive-themed video, which showed two "Baby on board" signs hung up on a Christmas tree, before revealing Kieron and Carl sat on the floor opening a present. When they remove the wrapping, the gift is a large piece of card which reads: "Twins coming 2017"

The caption on the video read: "Merry christmas to us thanks to the British surrogacy centre (sic)"

In September, the 'Hollyoaks' star revealed that the pair had been struggling to conceive a baby through in vitro fertilisation (IVF), and were concerned they weren't going to ever have a family of their own.

He said: "We were hoping to have a baby this year. Unfortunately, like anyone who is trying for a baby through IVF - whether they are gay couples or not - it is a lottery.

"The statistics when we first started it were a 70% success rate. We have tried it four times, with the same surrogate mum, and we have fallen into that 30% bracket of it not working.

"But we have not given up the fight and are still continuing. We are going to keep trying until it is successful."

The joyous news of success for the happy couple comes a year and a half after they tied the knot in front of Kieron's co-stars at Buxton Dome in the Peak District.

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