‘WATCHING STEPH BECOME A MUM AS I AS BECOMING A DAD WAS PRICELESS'
OK! UK|November 15, 2021
SOAP STAR DANNY MILLER AND HIS FIANCÉE STEPH JONES INTRODUCE THEIR NEWBORN SON ALBERT EXCLUSIVELY IN OK!
KIRSTY HATCHER

Emmerdale actor Danny Miller and his fiancée Steph Jones just knew they were “destined” to become parents. And on 25 October at 9.16am their dreams finally came true when midwife Steph welcomed their adorable son Albert Miller into the world, weighing 6lb 11oz.

The moment was all the more emotional as Danny and Steph, who has polycystic ovary syndrome, had been trying to conceive naturally for a year and were just days away from starting IVF when she discovered she was pregnant. It’s safe to say there were plenty of tears at the birth – and at our exclusive shoot, where the pair recalled the moment their beautiful baby boy arrived.

“It’s emotional to talk about now,” says Danny, who plays Aaron Dingle in the ITV soap. “I was in bits. It’s made me much more in love with Steph.”

The couple, both 30, first met in primary school and have been in a relationship for two years. They got engaged last January. Here, they tell OK! about Albert’s arrival, well wishes from Danny’s co-stars, and the sweet meaning behind their little boy’s name.

Congratulations to both of you! How are you finding parenthood so far?

Danny: It’s been amazing. We’ve had a real whirlwind of emotions. Getting him home was the biggest realisation that it’s just the three of you. When you’re in hospital you have the support, then when you get home it’s just you two and the baby. It’s about working out a new way of living and adjusting to everything.

How did you feel when you found out he was a little boy?

Danny: We were delighted but obviously it wouldn’t have mattered either way. By that point we were so emotionally drained we were just happy to welcome him into the world and that he was healthy.

How did you pick his name? Danny: We had a long-list for a boy and a girl and then just before we went into hospital we narrowed it down to one for each.

Steph: Albert was always our favourite. He really suits it.

Danny: I’ve loved the name from when I was a kid. Steph’s granddad was called Albert but when we were in school I just knew him as Steph’s granddad, so when I suggested it, I didn’t know it was his name.

Steph: Danny said to me, “I’ve got a name that I really love but I’m not sure what you’ll think about it,” and then when he said “Albert”, I said it must be a sign as that was my granddad’s name. My mum was really pleased as it was her dad. It was really emotional for her.

Danny: We were perhaps considering going for Albie or Bertie, but we’ve since decided it’s definitely just Albert. I have to keep telling my dad, who keeps calling him Albie!

Steph: Danny is going to be strict about that [laughs]!

How was the birth?

Steph: He was a week early. My contractions started in the night and I ended up cleaning the whole house and vacuuming at 4am to try to distract myself. The midwife came at 8am and checked me, but we weren’t quite ready to go in so Danny prepared me a bath with candles. Then she came back and we went into hospital at about 3pm on the Sunday. I started in the birthing pool but I wasn’t progressing past 4cm [dilation] so they had to break my waters, which meant getting out.

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