Lydia West will star in Big Mood with Nicola Coughlan (Photo: Matt Crockett / Channel 4)

Lydia West has opened up about her new role – mother – after secretly welcoming her first child.

The 30-year-old actress known for playing Jill Baxter in Channel 4's It's A Sin, and more recently shining as Eddie in Big Mood shared her good news while promoting the current project.

During an interview, she casually apologized for any 'sniffling' a journalist might hear, before revealing it was her newborn.

“Life is so different now,” she told Stylist.

Lydia, who also starred in Dracula, Suspicion, The Pentaverate, Inside Man and Grey, later spoke to another publication about fearing for her career after learning of impending motherhood.

'When I found out I was pregnant, my immediate thought was, “Oh my God, my job.”'

Lydia had a difficult pregnancy (Photo: David Fisher/Shutterstock)

She added to Cosmopolitan: 'I had a very difficult pregnancy due to the illness, so I had to be quite rational about what I could do based on the condition I was in.'

The decision to start a family is something that Lydia believes can be difficult for women in the Millennial generation (those born between 1981 and 1996).

'I always wanted a family. For our generation, it is so difficult. We have to have a professional mentality. It's amazing that women have so many opportunities now, but you feel like you have to make a choice. Do you focus on your family? Or your career? she reflected.

It's A Sin cast includes Lydia West and Olly Alexander

It's A Sin was released in 2021 (Photo: Channel 4)
Lydia spoke to Cosmopolitan (Photo: Cosmopolitan UK / Ray Burmiston)

Lydia discovered that there can be pressure to stay relevant, which led her to worry about when her next job would come. However, despite her concerns Lydia is thinking carefully about the work she agrees to do and wants to continue making the impactful pieces that has been the theme of her career thus far.

In 2021, It's A Sin focused on a group of gay men living colorful and fun lives, who have been cruelly impacted by the ongoing HIV pandemic. Lydia's character, Jill, was based on a real woman supported and held by the hands of the gay community as they died. The show encouraged a wave of #BeMoreJill posts created by inspired viewers, and Lydia was nominated for a Bafta.

Jill and Richie in It's a Sin

Years and Years star Olly Alexander appeared in the acclaimed film It's A Sin (Photo: Ben Blackall)
Lydia would consider a second series of Big Mood (Photo: Chris Baker / Channel 4 / Dancin)

Big Mood shows Eddie and Maggie (Nicola Coughlan) navigating their long-term friendship well into their 30s – unflinchingly covers the realities of bipolar disorder and how it can change relationships. Lydia loved being a part of it so much that she's ready for season two.

Lydia has not spoken about the sex of her baby or revealed her name. She also decided not to reveal whether she had the child with a partner.

Big Mood airs Thursdays at 10pm on Channel 4. The full series is available on your streaming service

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