‘I never dreamed I would have kids’: EastEnders’ Sid Owen, 49, is set to become a DAD as he announces he’s expecting his first child with fiancée Victoria Shores, 42
EastEnders star Sid Owen is set to become a dad at 49-years-old after rekindling with a former flame on Facebook and getting engaged.
The actor, who is known for playing Ricky Butcher on the soap, revealed on Saturday he is marrying and expecting a baby with 42-year-old waitress Victoria Shores.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, he said: ‘I never ever dreamt I would have kids. The older you get the more distant that idea seems.
‘I never ever dreamt I would have kids’: EastEnders star Sid Owen revealed on Saturday that he is set to become a dad at 49-years-old after rekindling with a former flame on Facebook (pictured with his great nephew Raffy)
Sid continued: ‘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.’
Sid and his fiancé Victoria know the sex of their baby but have chosen to keep it a secret for the time being.
The soap star added he’s pleased he’s coming to fatherhood later in life as he doesn’t think he’s have been a good dad in his 20s.
‘It’s a miracle’: The actor revealed he’s marrying and expecting a baby with 42-year-old waitress Victoria Shores (pictured)
In the candid interview, Sid also revealed he nearly gave up on love last year after a freak golfing accident left him with a broken jaw and several missing teeth.
The star had to pay £10,000 for reconstructive surgery after a ball hit him in the face while playing gold in Thailand.
Sid was single for six years and acknowledged that his loneliness caused him to experience depression.
Ready: The soap star added he’s pleased he’s coming to fatherhood later in life as he doesn’t think he’s have been a good dad in his 20s
Victoria has helped Sid find happiness since they rekindled their former romance and started chatting on Facebook.
The couple first started dating in 1998 when they met at Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood’s party, which was also attended by Kate Moss, John Galliano, Noel Gallagher, Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger.
They started flirting over a glass of wine in the kitchen and it wasn’t long before Sid had wooed Victoria with his charm.
The pair then jetted off to see the Rolling Stones play in Amsterdam and subsequently dated for a year.
However, their romance eventually dwindled and Victoria moved on, married and had two children while Sid remained single.
He says: “I’m so glad we are back together now because we would never have lasted back then. I was on EastEnders and it was all a bit crazy.
The soap star gushed that he was so happy to be back with Victoria at this stafe of his life when he has left his wild party days behind him.
Sid proposed to Victoria in the bridal suite of Eastwell Manor spa in Kent, and have now booked the manor’s picturesque grounds for their wedding venue.
Reunited: Sid and Victoria rekindled their romance online after first meeting 20 years earlier at a star studded party thrown by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood