Jodie Whittaker at the National Television Awards
 

Huddersfield actress Jodie Whittaker is pregnant with her first child.

Her dad, Adrian Whittaker, confirmed the happy news after she was spotted with a large pregnancy bump at the National Television Awards on Wednesday night.

The 33-year-old Broadchurch and Skelmanthorpe-bred star is expecting her child with her husband, American actor Christian Contreras, on April 22 – around the same time that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is also due to give birth.

Adrian said: “They do not know what they are expecting but Jodie and baby are in great health. She’s absolutely bubbling and it’s a good time for all of us – we’re all excited.”

The former Shelley High School pupil appeared to be expecting back in December when she posed for publicity shots to advertise the second series of Broadchurch, which began to air on January 5 on ITV.

Jodie has recently been in town on a shoot for a new film called How to Live Yours which was filmed on location at Scammonden Water Sailing Club, which doubles as an outwood bound activity centre in the film.

The sailing club’s club house, grounds and training centre will feature in the film.

Jodie talks about filming near where she grew up in Skelmanthorpe in this video

Video Loading
 

Jodie also filmed at the nearby Nont Sarah’s Pub on New Hey Road at Scammonden, as well as on location in Almondbury and in the Peak District.

She revealed what it was like to film in her own backyard in a video diary entry on the website of Creative England, which has part-funded its production.

In it, she said: “It’s the first time for me to shoot locally.

“I’m living at my mum and dads for the first time in 14 years. It’s brilliant.

“The most bizarre aspect is getting picked up and telling the drivers what is the quickest way.

“And our base at the moment is at a cricket club and my dad’s picture is on the wall.

“It’s really magical for me because where I grew up made me want to become an actor.

“I played in all these woods playing pretend and now I’m in films.

“I’ve been in so much cinema that is London based which is wonderful but think we’ve seen every aspect we can see of London so we need to make sure people outside of the UK know that there are more than two places in the UK.

“I think it’s underestimated how easy it is to film out of London.”