Peaky Blinders star Charlene McKenna has announced that she has welcomed her first child, Martha Josephine, into the world.

McKenna – who played Captain Swing on the show – and her husband, Ozark star Adam Rothenberg recently became parents to a baby girl.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1 show Arena, McKenna also shared the sad news that a couple of weeks after Martha’s birth, her father Brendan passed away suddenly.

“I had a little baby, so I’ve been kind of out of the loop for a long time now,” McKenna said.

“I’ve just been in nesting mode and enjoying my little girl. She’s just, I mean, anyone… I don’t know… she’s very special!”

She also joked that although her baby is only three months old, she is “already giving me chat”.

It’s a bittersweet time, however, as McKenna reflected on how the recent loss of her father had impacted the family.

“Martha was born in April and two weeks later I very, very suddenly lost my father, so I am both feet welded in the circle of life right now — the birth of my child and the loss of my father,” she explained.

The actor was on the show promoting her newest project, an animated adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s A Greyhound of a Girl, something that she said her late father was very much looking forward to seeing.

“It’s actually insane that this film is coming out right now because he was the biggest Roddy Doyle fan and he could not wait to see this film and it’s heartbreaking that he won’t now,” she said.

“It’s just crazy that I did a film about grief and it’s coming out right in the depths of grief and having a child. Yeah, it’s a very, very, I guess, existential time.”


By Ivaylo Angelov

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