Joanna Page has welcomed her eagerly-awaited fourth child and announced the news on Sunday 12 December.
Congratulations are in order for Joanna Page, the 44-year-old, best known for playing Stacey in classic sitcom Gavin and Stacey, posted a tender snap of her nuzzling her newborn in front of Christmas lights and tinsel.
In a beautiful, festive photo, Joanna posed in front of a Christmas tree with her newborn, and shared the tot’s name in the caption.
“Welcome to our family Boe Willow Russell. We love you with all our hearts,” she said.
Famous pals of the actor were also quick to congratulate Joanna on her new arrival.
Emmerdale actor Charley Webb wrote: “The loveliest news and the loveliest name,” while EastEnders star Tamsin Outhwaite added: “Congratulations, how beautiful. Love to you all.”
Joanna’s husband James shared the same photo of the mother and daughter on his own Instagram page to announce the news to his followers.
Presenter Dermot O’Leary said: “The best news! Congrats!” while Loose Women star Kate Thornton wrote: “Congratulations- sending nothing but love.”
Joanna previously described the news she was expecting Boe as a “surprise”, explaining on The One Show: “’I’m still in shock I think! Number four I mean well, I said to my husband we’re not going to have any retirement, it’s sort of going to be children to death.
“It’s going to be a busy Christmas.”
Joanna is already mum to eight-year-old Eva, six-year-old Kit, and five-year-old Noah, who she shares with husband James Thornton.
He gushed in the caption: “She is here! Our wonderful girl Boe Willow Russell. We love you with all our hearts”.
On Instagram, many of Joanna’s friends and fans have shared their delight at the beautiful baby name.
Emmerdale star Charley Webb penned: “The loveliest news and the loveliest name,” followed by a heart emoji.
Joanna has also revealed whether we’ll be seeing any more Gavin and Stacey, after the smash hit 2019 reunion show which ended on a tense cliffhanger.
“I don’t know, I mean I genuinely didn’t know we were going to do a special until they phoned, so I have absolutely no idea and I never ever ask them,” she said, when asked whether there could be a follow up.
And another person shared: “Omg congratulations!!! What a beautiful name.”
So, what does the name Boe mean? Well, let’s take a look…
What does the baby name Boe mean?
Baby names website The Bump details that Boe is “a boy’s name of French and Scandinavian origin meaning handsome.”
Similarly, babynames website says that it’s traditionally a boy’s name, but adds that in recent years it has also become popular for a girl.
“This gender bending name trend is one that is becoming increasingly common as mindsets about gender boundaries change. The name is an alternative spelling of Beau,” the site adds.
Joanna announced her “unexpected” pregnancy back in August, writing on Twitter: “Well this is a surprise! Baby number 4 on the way! It’s going to be a busy Christmas!”
It came as a shock to many after Joanna had stated in an interview last year that she didn’t think husband James would want a fourth child.
“If it was up to me we’d have a fourth, but after the third James said he was done,” she told Source. “He thought a fourth might break him.”
Joanna also recently revealed the pressure last year’s lockdown put on their marriage.
Speaking to The Source, she said: “We spent the whole of the first lockdown arguing and threatening to divorce each other.
“Then we went through a month of literally not saying a single word to each other. We came out a bit numbed and deadened and desperate for anything we could get because we just argued so much.”