Lisa Faulkner opens up on devastating infertility which led to her adopting her daughter Billie

Actress Lisa Faulkner has opened up on her infertility and how it led to her adopting her daughter, Billie, now 13.

Former EastEnders star Lisa, 46, adopted her daughter with her ex-husband Chris Coghill after she was unable to fall pregnant.

She told The Times magazine in a new interview: "I am really happy that I am infertile because I wouldn't have got Billie without it.

“I think I love her more because she is not my birth child. It is ferocious and it comes from here [my heart].”

Lisa continued to explain that despite accepting her infertility, she still yearns to be pregnant.

She said: "But I don't think that yearning to be pregnant will ever completely go until I hit the menopause and I can't physically have children any more."

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Lisa recently revealed the exciting news that she is engaged to MasterChef judge and chef John Torode.

Revealing the news in a post on Instagram in January, she wrote: “My gorgeous John completely surprised me on Christmas Day and asked me to marry him!

"After waiting to tell our family when we got home we then had a few days just grinning at each other!! I'm so very happy to share our lovely news with you.

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"Happy 2019 it's going to be quite a year and I'm going to embrace every minute of it. All you need is love. Love is all you need."

John, 53, also confirmed the news on his own Instagram as he shared a picture of his bride-to-be relaxing by the pool during their holiday.

He wrote: “And she said YES !! Bloody love my Lisa .. Have put a ring on it.”

John and Lisa met on the set of Celebrity MasterChef in 2010, on which Lisa was a contestant and the eventual winner.

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