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Brooke Kinsella says her baby daughter Elsie is the spitting image of her late brother Ben


‘They are twins!’ Brooke Kinsella says her baby daughter Elsie is the spitting image of her late brother Ben as she discusses carrying on his legacy

Brooke Kinsella introduced her baby daughter to the Loose Women panel during Tuesday’s episode, three months after giving birth.

During the interview, the former EastEnders actress, 37, who shares her first child with husband of three years Simon Boardley, insisted Elsie resembles her late brother Ben as she discussed carrying on his legacy.

The activist has been campaigning against knife crime after her younger sibling was stabbed to death aged 16 in June 2008 on a night out with friends.

First-time mother: Brooke Kinsella introduced her baby daughter to the Loose Women panel during Tuesday's episode, three months after giving birth

First-time mother: Brooke Kinsella introduced her baby daughter to the Loose Women panel during Tuesday’s episode, three months after giving birth

The soap star was joined by hosts Janet Street-Porter, Gloria Hunniford, Ruth Langsford and Linda Robson as she detailed her experience of being a first-time mother.

The author shared: ‘I was known as Mary Poppins in my friend group, but I was the last to have a child.’  

Brooke reflected on receiving a sign from Ben when she first discovered she was pregnant, and admitted her heart ‘broke all over again’ when she reflected on his tragic passing after becoming a parent. 

The former Vital Signs star explained: ‘As soon as I bought the Clearblue packet, I saw the word BEN. It was him making his presence known.

Tragic: The former EastEnders actress, 37, has been campaigning against knife crime after her brother Ben (pictured)was stabbed to death aged 16 in June 2008 on a night out with friends

Tragic: The former EastEnders actress, 37, has been campaigning against knife crime after her brother Ben (pictured)was stabbed to death aged 16 in June 2008 on a night out with friends

Family first: The activist shares her first child with husband of three years Simon Boardley (pictured)

Family first: The activist shares her first child with husband of three years Simon Boardley (pictured)

'I was known as Mary Poppins in my friend group': The soap star detailed her experience of being a first-time mother

‘I was known as Mary Poppins in my friend group’: The soap star detailed her experience of being a first-time mother

‘Losing a sibling… who was one of my best friends… was hard. The thought of losing a child is utterly horrendous. Now I know what there is to lose, it broke my heart all over again.’

The thespian also claimed her little girl favours her deceased uncle as she added: ‘My mum sent me a picture of Ben the other day and they are twins. 

‘It gave me Goosebumps. He was laid back and happy and touch wood, Elsie has been like that. It sounds ridiculous as she’s only four months.’  

The media personality went on to touch on the impact of Ben Kinsella Trust, a foundation she created to raise awareness about tackling knife crime.

''As soon as I bought the Clearblue packet, I saw the word BEN': The former Vital Signs star reflected on receiving a sign from Ben when she first discovered she was pregnant

”As soon as I bought the Clearblue packet, I saw the word BEN’: The former Vital Signs star reflected on receiving a sign from Ben when she first discovered she was pregnant

Now I know what there is to lose': The media personality admitted her heart 'broke all over again' when she reflected on his tragic passing after becoming a parent

Now I know what there is to lose’: The media personality admitted her heart ‘broke all over again’ when she reflected on his tragic passing after becoming a parent

Brooke stated: ‘My family started the foundation around the table. We wanted a legacy for him and also wanted it to not happen to anyone else. I’d love there to be a day where we don’t need to foundation, but it continues to happen.

‘All we want to do is to get Ben’s story out to many people as possible. We’ve got these online lesson plans which are doing really well. Despite people losing jobs, we’re still getting loads of donations. 

The TV star – who welcomed her child three weeks early in October – opened an anti-knife crime exhibition in Nottingham last June.

Her happy place: The TV star welcomed her child three weeks early in October

Her happy place: The TV star welcomed her child three weeks early in October 

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