Ex-EastEnders star Jack Ryder and girlfriend Ella are expecting first child

Former EastEnders star Jack Ryder and his girlfriend Ella are expecting a baby.

The actor, 38, who is best known for playing Jamie Mitchell on the BBC One soap for four years, shared his excitement over his baby news during an appearance on Loose Women on Thursday.

Appearing via video link, Jack revealed that he and his longtime partner are set to welcome their first child together in July and are ‘as prepared as we can be’ while waiting for Ella’s due date to come around.

He said: ‘We are due in July. Ella and I are gushy and over the moon. I always just smile when I talk about it.

‘We’re prepared as we can be, but we’ve got toys all around the place and clothes and bits and pieces. Yeah, we’re ready to go.’

Jack, who was previously married to Coronation Street star Kym Marsh, added: ‘We’re very humbled and grateful. It’s going to be an amazing journey.’

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Of course, talk also turned to EastEnders, with Jack saying he finds it ‘crazy’ that he made his debut on the soap over 20 years ago.

Jamie Mitchell first made an appearance in Albert Square in 1998 and was best known for his on/off relationship with Sonia Fowler (played by Natalie Cassidy), before his character met a tragic end on Christmas Day in 2002.

‘It’s crazy, it’s over 20 years,’ Jack said.

‘It’s weird because on one side of the coin you think it’s gone so quickly and then so much has happened since then,’ he continued.

‘I don’t even think I watched that episode – the Christmas Day death.’

Asked whether he still keeps in touch with any of the EastEnders’ cast, Jack said he still speaks to Natalie, Dean Gaffney, who played Robbie Fowler, and Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell) from time to time.

‘They were a crowd… me and Mr Gaffney we touch base quite a lot.

‘Me and Natalie as well and Steve McFadden, who actually when I was doing Holby City we bumped into each other,’ Jack revealed.

Since EastEnders, Jack has turned his attentions to writing and directing and appeared in Holby City last year.

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