Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez are all smiles as they're spotted for first time since pregnancy announcement

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Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Morquez couldn't stop smiling as they made their first public appearance together since announcing that they are expecting a baby.

The couple, who met when the former Hollyoaks star appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, looked cheerful as they left the Manchester studios for Hits Radio, where Atkinson hosts the breakfast show with Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty.

To celebrate the happy news, Atkinson’s colleagues threw her a baby shower while on air, presenting her with a bouquet of flowers and a bag of gifts, which included a hamper and a tiny dumbbell. Charmed by the sweet gesture, the 34-year-old said that her workmates were "going to make [her] cry."

Once the show was finished, Marquez helped her to carry the thoughtful presents to their car.

Expecting: Parents-to-be Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez (SplashNews.com)
Expecting: Parents-to-be Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez (SplashNews.com)

The couple confirmed the pregnancy on social media last week, recruiting their two pet dogs to share the news in a sweet Instagram post.

The former soap star posted a photo of Norman and Ollie wearing signs which read: “Guess what… mum’s pregnant! We’re going to be big brothers.”

“And what Amazing big brothers they will be!” Atkinson wrote in her caption, adding: “Myself & Gorks are beyond excited and happy and feel incredibly blessed to be meeting our new family member later this year. Baby Marquez!!! We love you loads already.”

Her boyfriend re-posted the same image shortly after, writing: “Thank you for the greatest gift in life. Myself and Gem are beyond thrilled to be welcoming our new family member later this year! Norm and Ollie can’t wait to start their big brother duties.”

Strictly stars past and present rushed to congratulate the couple, with pro dancer Katya Jones describing the announcement as “so exciting!”

Charlotte Hawkins, who also starred in the 2017 series, wrote: “Ahh such fabulous news – congratulations!! Lots of love xxx.”

Holly Willoughby, Gemma Collins and presenter Helen Skelton also sent congratulatory messages to the pair.

Atkinson and Marquez are yet to publicly confirm the due date of their unborn child.