Emmerdale star Chris Bisson has spoken about becoming a first-time father both on screen and off.
In an exclusive interview and photoshoot with HELLO! magazine, the actor and his girlfriend Rowena Finn introduced their "gorgeous" baby son, Harry.
"Having a child is such a wonderful thing," he said.
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While the former Shameless and East is East actor is a doting father to Harry, on screen he has had a different experience of fatherhood.
His Emmerdale character, married Jai Sharma, fathered a child following a one-night stand with Rachel Breckle, played by Gemma Oaten. Their baby was born prematurely and almost died.
"I'm just glad that my real life story hasn't been anywhere near as trying as the one I've been portraying on screen," he told HELLO!.
The storyline tugged at his heartstrings. "There was one scene in which Jai was allowed into the intensive care unit to see his baby for the first time," he said.
"We were using this little prosthetic doll, which was all wired up on the cot, so that its chest was moving up and down to make it look like it was breathing.
"Jai was supposed to pull himself together, walk outside and burst into tears. But I burst into tears before the end of the scene. I said to the director, 'I think you'll have to use that take because I don't think I can do that again."
The actor has taken paternity leave to be with his son and says he has received messages and gifts from his Emmerdale and former Coronation Street co-stars.
Chris and Rowena are yet to marry, but it's something they will consider in the future. "I'm hoping Chris will be propose one day," Rowena told HELLO!.
To read the full interview pick up the latest copy of HELLO! magazine, out now!.
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