Sid Owen, 49, set to become a dad for first time as he announces fiancés pregnancy

Sid Owen would ‘love to go back’ to Eastenders

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Sid Owen is “over the moon” to be an expectant father. The 49-year-old actor, who is best known for playing Ricky Butcher in EastEnders, has revealed that his fiancé Victoria Shores is pregnant with the couple’s first child.

Their baby is due in January.

Sid said that he didn’t think he would get the opportunity to be a father as he fast approaches his 50th birthday, but is delighted with the news.

The couple are also planning to get married after the baby is born.

Sid popped the question to former flame Victoria, 42, last month after the pair reconnected again via Facebook.

He told the Sunday Mirror: “I never ever dreamt I would have kids.

“The older you get the more distant that idea seems, you give up hope sometimes, so it is a miracle it has happened.

“We’d spoken about it when we talked about marriage but I just didn’t think it was going to happen.

“I was completely shocked and over the moon,” he added.

Sid went on to say that he’s glad that he’s going to be an older father as he doesn’t think he would have been a good dad when he was in his 20s.

The mum-to-be said she thinks the TV personality will be a “chilled dad”.

Sid praised Victoria for snapping him out of a low period in his life when they rekindled their relationship last year.

The pair first met in 1998 at a rock and roll party thrown by Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood.

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Sid became a household name after landing the role of Ricky in EastEnders in 1988, the son of Frank Butcher played by Mike Reid.

He was a regular on the show until 2000 and was best known for his relationship with Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer).

Over the years, he has returned to Albert Square to reprise his much-loved character on several occasions.

He was last on screen in 2012.

Sid’s on-screen sister Janine Butcher, played by Charlie Brooks, is currently starring in the long-running soap opera, after making a big comeback this month.

Could that open the doors for a visit from her sibling?

Last month, the actor said he would never close the doors to another return.

“It’s my life, it’s a big part of my life, and thanks to EastEnders I’m able to do things like MasterChef and have a nice life,” he said during an appearance on BBC Breakfast.

Talking about a return, he added: “I would love to go back. I mean, I would never say never.”

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