Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, with her younger sister Danielle Brown in 2001Danielle Brown is the younger sister of Mel B [Wenn]

Mel B’s sister Danielle Brown has revealed she’s five months pregnant.

The 38 year old actress, who starred in Emmerdale in 1998 as Paulette Lewis, is expecting her first child with boyfriend Ty Maynard, 35.

Revealing the news to new! magazine, Danielle said she and her partner had been trying for a baby over the last six months.

Mel B's sister Danielle Brown is expecting her third childMel B’s sister Danielle Brown is expecting her third child [Danielle Brown/Instagram]

Kerry Katona and Danielle Brown,  at the OK! Magazine Christmas party at Floridita.  London, England - 29.11.11    Featuring: Kerry Katona and Danielle BrDanielle Brown alongside close friend Kerry Katona [Getty]

“We’ve wanted this for a while but it took longer than we expected – six months of really trying – and we became impatient so we got a puppy,” she said.

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“Even though we were trying, I was still shocked. One morning I started to feel quite sick, so I did a test – well, I did about five – and that was it. I was pregnant!”

She added: “I texted [Mel] on Christmas Day, and she was absolutely over the moon. She can’t wait to be an auntie again.”

Mel B and Geri enjoyed a night together at the height of the Spice Girls' fameMel B found fame in the Spice Girls, who are set to tour later this year [Ray Burmiston/Photoshot/Getty Images]

Danielle is already mother to Mimi, 12, and Hendrix, 9, and is the younger sibling of Spice Girl, Mel B.

Danielle revealed she had previously suffered two miscarriages, and wanted to wait until the all-important three month mark to tell friends and family of the happy news.

“I’ve had two miscarriages in the past and both happened just before the three-month mark, so that was on my mind,” she said.

Mel B's sister Danielle Brown has her own acting career Mel B’s sister Danielle Brown has her own acting career [Instagram/ Danielle Brown]

“We didn’t want to get carried away and be upset.”

Many people will recognise Danielle from her Emmerdale stint in 1998. Since then, she starred in TV series Paradise Heights in 2002, playing Kylie James. 

Mel’s sister was also in film Moulin Rouge as a Parisian dancer, and she also stars as Tara in the 2018 movie Scott and Sid.