Hollyoaks star Jeremy Edwards, 50, admits his new baby is 'hard work' and says he 'feels quite old'

Hollyoaks star Jeremy Edwards, 50, admits his new baby is 'hard work' and says he 'feels quite old'

05/03/2021

HOLLYOAKS star Jeremy Edwards has admitted that "starting again" with a new baby is "hard work" after he became a dad again at 50.

The soap star and his wife Lydia welcomed their baby boy Theodore Huckleberry in March.

The couple, who are already parents to daughter Scarlett, three, were delighted to announce that they had a new addition to the family following a "stressful" two-and-a-half-year IVF journey.

But Jeremy has confessed they won't be having any more babies, admitting that he "feels quite old".

When asked if the couple are planning to have any more children, he told OK! magazine: "It could be done so we had room for more, but I feel quite old and I am feeling it.

"With Scarlett it’s a very easy life because I can talk to her and play with her. But starting again with a baby is hard work, so the idea of doing it again after this."

The actor explained that he feels content with their family now hinting at no more kids in the future.

The TV star added: "It was a long road with the IVF, all the trying, the traumatic birth and then IVF again. Now we have our little boy I feel we’re settled.

"Hitting 50 with a baby on the way, I did think, 'Oh my God!' But they'll keep me young."

Jeremy also revealed that Theodore's name was a firm favourite andHuckleberry was suggested by Lydia's sister.

He said: "We had a list from when we had Scarlett of boys and girls names. We liked Theodore because it’s Teddy when he’s little, Theo when he’s a teenager and Theodore when he’s older. It gives him options.

"There was just something about it. We said it out loud, 'Theodore Huckleberry', and we quite liked it.

"It's eccentric and a bit funky. I like Huckleberry Finn from the Tom Sawyer book, and Theodore is a very boyish boy, so it's quite fitting."

Jeremy, who married Lydia in 2009, explained that their IVF treatment was delayed due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, which caused clinics to shut nationwide.

The actor added that they jumped at an opportunity to have IVF in June after the first lockdown ended and were lucky to have fallen pregnant on their first go.

Lydia explained that having her initial treatment delayed was "frustrating" and explained how tough the process was, claiming she has had around 340 injections.

Due to restrictions around Covid, Jeremy revealed he wasn't able to be by his wife's side for the majority of treatments.

At the time Lydia, 36, told the publication: "It’s very stressful, but we feel so lucky that it worked both times for us on the first attempt.

"It’s a lot to go through, especially if it doesn’t work, so we’re really excited and thankful that this happened. We found out in July and I’m due at the end of March. I’m just coming up to six months."

Jeremy is best known for playing Kurt Benson in Hollyoaks and later, Danny Shaughnessy on Holby City from 1999 to 2003.

Other shows that followed soon after included Celebrity Big Brother, Lily Savage’s Blankety Blank, and, of course, his portrayal of Fraser in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale on February 12, 2008.

In 2019 he joined forces with pal Brendan Cole to appear on a celebrity instalment of the X Factor.

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