Michael Greco has announced that his girlfriend Helen Harris is having a baby boy.
The former Eastenders star, 51, who is preparing to become a father for the first time, appeared on Wednesday’s Loose Women, to reveal the sex of their unborn child, and held up a pair of tiny blue baby socks as he made the announcement.
The actor famed for playing Beppe di Marco in the hit BBC soap, also admitted he was so ‘overwhelmed’ when Helen revealed her pregnancy that he burst into tears, as he discussed becoming a dad in his 50s.
It’s a boy! Former Eastenders star Michael Greco, 51, has announced that his girlfriend Helen Harris is having a baby boy
As he made the gender reveal, Michael acknowledged: ‘I am a traditionalist. I know some people aren’t these days of being traditional about blue and pink and blah, blah, blah. But I am.
‘I’m Italian, I’m old-fashioned, I’m a traditionalist. And so the baby’s gender is… a little boy!’ announced Michael, as he held up a pair of blue baby socks, leaving the Loose Women panellists cheering as they congratulated him.
Earlier, the actor discussed how he felt about finding out he was going to be a father, admitting: ‘I was overwhelmed when my partner told me and I did burst into tears. I didn’t think I would, but I did.
‘It’s funny being a dad in my 50s now. There are no rules in life when you should be a dad and when you shouldn’t. Some people have kids when they’re younger, and some people have them in their older age… What I do know is I’m still fit and strong.’
First time dad: The actor also admitted he was so ‘overwhelmed’ when Helen revealed her pregnancy that he burst into tears, as he discussed becoming a father for the first time
Exciting times: The TV star appeared on Wednesday’s Loose Women, to reveal the sex of their unborn child, and held up a pair of tiny blue baby socks as he made the announcement
Cheers! Michael also credited former EastEnders co-star Dean Gaffney, 43, with being responsible for his foray into fatherhood
Michael also credited former EastEnders co-star Dean Gaffney, 43, with being responsible for his foray into fatherhood.
He explained: ‘I’m a Surey boy, born and bred in Surrey and lived in London and Surrey all my life. I had to move out of my home.
‘And until I moved into a new home, Dean said, “There’s a spare room in my house in Hertfordshire. Come up and stay with me for a while.” I stayed with him and I met my beautiful Helen, who I’m having a child with, in a bar very close to Dean’s house.
‘So had I not moved out of that place, I would never have met Helen. So that’s the way it is. It is fate.’
Happy news: Michael shared a picture of the baby scan on social media in February and added: ‘My heart is full and I love you more than life itself Baby G. Xxx’
Happy couple: It’s not known how long Michael has been in a relationship with mother-of-two Helen for but he first shared a picture of her on social media seven months ago
Former EastEnders star Michael announced in February that he was set to become a father for the first time, with his ‘soulmate’ girlfriend Helen Harris.
The soap actor wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of a sonogram: ‘Baby Greco. First time daddy at 51! Probably the greatest post I’ve ever shared.
‘Can’t explain how emotional it was for me to be told that I am to be a father for the very first time, with my absolute soulmate. I’m normally a very private person but I couldn’t help reveal my utter joy and I just want to tell the world!
‘In these devastating times that we are all facing right now, this is the best news I could ever dream of. My heart is full and I love you more than life itself Baby G. Xxx.’
Soap star: Michael is famed for playing Beppe di Marco in EastEnders (Pictured on set in 2001 with Martin Kemp)
He also wrote on Twitter: ‘Am delighted and extremely happy to share the news that I’m going to be a first time daddy at 51! I If it’s good enough for Rod and Mick then it’s good enough for me. I love you Baby Greco!’
It’s not known how long Michael has been in a relationship with mother-of-two Helen for but he first shared a picture of her on social media seven months ago.
He wrote on one post: ‘Took 50 years to find that special someone but she was definitely worth waiting for. My beautiful girl. I love you. Xxx.’
And on another, he wrote: ‘An incredible weekend in London with my beautiful girl. #coventgarden #lovelondonlights #livelife #stayhealthy #behappy.’
Michael bowed out of EastEnders 18 years ago when he was axed by executive producer John Yorke.
In the show, Beppe got fired from the police force for attempting to frame Grant Mitchell, played by Ross Kemp.
When his mother suddenly died, Beppe sold the E20 nightclub to Sharon Watts and left Walford for good.
Michael later went to star in Casualty and the Aladdin musical.
He previously dated Hollyoaks star Stephanie Waring, who plays Cindy Cunningham from October 2016 to April 2017, but they split up over his party lifestyle.
In 1998. he got engaged to glamour model Linsey Dawn McKenzie but they went their separate ways and he was later linked to Lisa Faulkner and Dani Behr.
See you down the Vic: The former poker player loves to upload pictures of his buff body on social media