Emmerdale actor Jay Kontzle has joked that wife Mimi was “sly” and tricked him into them expecting their third child together.

Speaking exclusively to OK! as they announce news of baby number three, Jay admits that he didn’t think the couple would be expanding their brood any further.

The star told us: “I was settled with our two and I didn’t think we’d be having another one – but Mimi already had it planned. She likes to act like she’s not sly but she is!”

“I didn’t think it would happen,” Mimi added, “So much so that a week before we found out, I’d given away all our baby stuff.”

Artist Mimi says she had been teasing her husband about having another child ahead of her revelation. “I’d been winding Jay up for months before, saying I really wanted another child – but his answer was always no,” she said.

“So I think that made me want another one more, basically just to be spiteful. But then it kind of backfired and I did end up getting pregnant. I don’t have a regular period anyway but I was late and I knew something was up, so I did a test.

"I was shocked it was positive but it’s a nice surprise and we know we’re lucky to be having another child. We’re excited and it’s a blessing.”

An equally shocked Jay found out the news after Mimi called him during his lunch break on the ITV soap, where he plays bad boy Billy Fletcher.

And it's safe to say his wife’s announcement had a physical reaction on him.

“Mimi called me during my lunch break on set and told me,” said the 31-year-old. “I was sitting eating lunch in the sun and all of a sudden I went hot and started dripping with sweat. I was a bit shocked!” he goes on, laughing.

“Before that, Mimi had said she wanted to get a pregnancy test and I said, ‘A pregnancy test? That’s a lot of money that, especially with the cost of living going up.’ Then I was in work and she decided to throw a spanner in the works over lunch!”

Mimi, 32, told us of revealing the news to Jay over the phone: “I rang him and said, ‘You’re never going to guess what? I’m pregnant!’ He replied, ‘You’re not!’ And I said, ‘I am!’”

“She was so casual – and there I was sweating!” added Jay, who joined Emmerdale in 2018.

He and his wife, who are already parents to daughter KaiBo, six, and son Zian, four, are due to welcome baby number three at the end of November.

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