The actress has become a mummy to a baby boy.
ITV announced the news on Easter Saturday (4 April) with a picture of the blonde actress and the caption: "New mum!"
They said: "BIG congratulations to @nicola_wheeler and her baby boy, who arrived on Friday 13! #Emmerdale."
Nicola, who plays Nicola King on the award-winning soap, gave birth to the baby boy last month but the news has only just been revealed to her fans.
Nicola managed to hide her bump for eight months and only revealed her pregnancy in her third trimester.
She and her partner Matt have yet to announce the name of their first born.
The 40-year-old is currently on maternity leave after her character was seen heading to Dubai for a new job.
Emmerdale also announced that former star James Thornton and Gavin & Stacey actress Joanna Page welcomed their second child this Easter.
The website announced: "Congrats to @jopage_ and @jamesthornton_ on the arrival of their baby boy! x #JohnBarton #Emmerdale."
Wow, there must be something in the water in the Dales!
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