Strictly's Gorka Marquez and actress Gemma Atkinson announce they are expecting first child

Strictly'sGorka Marquez, 28, and actress Gemma Atkinson, 34, have announced they are expecting their first child.

The couple, who met in 2017 while both competing on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, announced the big news on their Instagram accounts with a picture of their two dogs Norm and Ollie.

Atkinson wrote: "And what Amazing big brothers they will be! 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"

One of their dogs is wearing a sign that says 'Guess what...Mum's pregnant!' while the other pooch wears a sign that says 'We're going to be big brothers!'

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Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez attending the TV Choice Awards 2018 held at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
File photo dated 18/10/18 of Gemma Atkinson who has announced that she is expecting her first child with Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez.
Gemma Atkinson, Alexandra Burke, Susan Calman, Davood Ghadami, Joe McFadden, Debbie McGee, Jonnie Peacock, Aljaz Skorjanec, Gorka Marquez, Kevin Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Katya Jones, Giovanni Pernice and Oti Mabus performing on stage during photocall before the opening night of Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2018 at Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, UK. Picture date: Thursday 18 January, 2018. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Gemma Atkinson, Alexandra Burke, Susan Calman, Davood Ghadami, Joe McFadden, Debbie McGee, Jonnie Peacock, Aljaz Skorjanec, Gorka Marquez, Kevin Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Katya Jones, Giovanni Pernice, Oti Mabus and Ore Oduba posing during photocall before the opening night of Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2018 at Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, UK. Picture date: Thursday 18 January, 2018. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
File photo dated 18/01/18 of Gemma Atkinson who has announced that she is expecting her first child with Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez.
File photo dated 18/10/18 of Gemma Atkinson who has announced that she is expecting her first child with Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez attend the Pride of Britain Awards 2018 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez walk hand in hand as Gemma Atkinson, Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty from The Hits Radio celebrates the airing of their first show on June 4, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Gemma Atkinson introduces Gorka Marquez to Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty from The Hits Radio as they celebrate the airing of their first show on June 4, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez walk hand in hand as Gemma Atkinson, Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty from The Hits Radio celebrates the airing of their first show on June 4, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Neil Jones, Gemma Atkinson, Alijaz Skorjanec, Chloe Hewitt, AJ Pritchard, Janette Manrara, Amy Dowden, Giovanni Pernice, Debbie McGee, Ore Oduba, Joe McFadden, Katya Jones, Alexandra Burke, Gorka Marquez, Oti Mabuse, Jonnie Peacock, Susan Calman, Kevin Clifton, Nadia Bychkova, Davood Ghadami and Dianne Buswell attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! photocall at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018. The live show will be touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Gemma Atkinson attending the Pride of Britain Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mark R. Milan/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez attend the Pride of Britain Awards 2018 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 29, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Gemma Atkinson during the Pride Of Britain Awards 2018, in partnership with TSB, honouring the nation's unsung heroes and recognising the amazing achievements of ordinary people, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Gemma Atkinson attends the Audio and Radio Industry Awards at First Direct Arena Leeds on October 18, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Andrew Benge/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Gethin Jones, Gemma Atkinson and Dave Vitty attend the TV Choice Awards at The Dorchester on September 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Gemma Atkinson during Hits Radio Live at Manchester Arena on July 14, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Gemma Atkinson joins Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty from The Hits Radio as they celebrate the airing of their first show on June 4, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Gemma Atkinson smiles as she joins Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty from The Hits Radio as they celebrate the airing of their first show on June 4, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Gemma Atkinson arrives for lunch with the newly launch Hits Radio team on May 3, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 21: Gemma Atkinson attends The BRIT Awards 2018 held at The O2 Arena on February 21, 2018 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Jamy / Barcroft Images PHOTOGRAPH BY Jamy / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Jamy / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Gemma Atkinson is seen backstage at the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! dress rehearsal at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018, touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Gemma Atkinson and Alijaz Skorjanec attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! dress rehearsal at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018, touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Gemma Atkinson and Alijaz Skorjanec attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! dress rehearsal at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018, touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Gemma Atkinson and Alijaz Skorjanec attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! dress rehearsal at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018, touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Gemma Atkinson attends the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! photocall at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018, touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Gemma Atkinson, Jonnie Peacock, Susan Calman and Alexandra Burke attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! photocall at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018, touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Gemma Atkinson (L) and Alijaz Skorjanec attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Live! photocall at Arena Birmingham, on January 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England. Ahead of the opening on 19th January 2018. The live show will be touring the United Kingdom until 11th February 2018. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Gemma Atkinson (left) and Oti Mabuse during the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour Launch held at Arena Birmingham. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Gemma Atkinson arrives at BBC Broadcasting House for The Strictly Come Dancing Final Press Conference on December 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec seen arriving at rehearsals at the Tower Ballroom on November 18, 2017 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by GC Images/GC Images)
RETRANSMITTED CORRECTING SPELLING OF ALJAZ Strictly Come Dancing contestant Gemma Atkinson and her dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec arriving at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, ahead of this weekend's show. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Gemma Atkinson hosts with Strictly Come Dancing partner Aljaz Skorjanec at Key 103 Live at Manchester Arena on November 9, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Gemma Atkinson (L) and Alijaz Skorjanec attend the Strictly Come Dancing for BBC Children in Need photocall at Elstree Studios on November 4, 2017 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Brian Conley and Gemma Atkinson attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing 2017' red carpet launch at Broadcasting House on August 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Brian Conley and Gemma Atkinson attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing 2017' red carpet launch at Broadcasting House on August 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Reverend Richard Coles and Gemma Atkinson attend the 'Strictly Come Dancing 2017' red carpet launch at Broadcasting House on August 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Gemma Atkinson attends the National Television Awards at The O2 Arena on January 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 18: Gemma Atkinson attends the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year at Resorts World on December 18, 2016 in Birmingham, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Jules Annan / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Jules Annan / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 13: Gemma Atkinson seen at Last night's Wish Upon A Sparkle Launch event at On The 7th Media City Private Members Club organized by Ledigo PR with special guest's Kym Marsh, Gemma Atkinson and Sam Reece on December 13, 2016 in Manchester, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Carla Speight / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read Carla Speight / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Brooke Vincent and Gemma Atkinson (R) attend Key 103 Christmas Live at Manchester Arena on December 9, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Gemma Atkinson arrives for the TVChoice Awards at The Dorchester on September 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Gemma Atkinson shows off her stunning figure at The ITV Studios on July 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Gemma Atkinson attends the British Soap Awards 2016 at Hackney Empire on May 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Gemma Atkinson attends the 21st National Television Awards at The O2 Arena on January 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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Marquez posted the same image to his own Instagram account along with the caption: "Thank you for the greatest gift in life. Myself and Gem are beyond thrilled to be welcoming our new family member later this year! Baby Marquez. Norm and ollie can't wait to start their big brother duties."

Rumours sparked of their romance just weeks into 2017's Strictly Come Dancing. But the couple initially denied their relationship.

However, during their 2018 Strictly tour they finally confirmed their romance on Valentine's Day no less. Marquez promptly moved in with Atkinson in Manchester, where she hosts the Hits Radio Breakfast Show.

Earlier this week Atkinson revealed on Lorrainethat her teenage nickname was 'thunder thighs'.

However, Marquez said that this was what initially attracted him to the former Hollyoaksactress.

"Maybe because I'm Spanish I just want a curvy woman," he said.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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