Married at First Sight UK 2023: Sheffield couple Owen and Michelle expecting baby soon, as new series begins
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Michelle Walder and Owen Jenkins wed as strangers on the Channel 4 show, which has since moved to E4, in March 2020. They announced in May that they were expecting their first child together and it is now just weeks until it is due, in early December.
Since sharing the baby news, the couple have left Sheffield, where they spent three very happy years together, and moved down south to be closer to Michelle's family.
'This beautiful city was so welcoming'
As they upped sticks, Michelle, who taught at a school in Woodseats, penned a moving love letter to her adopted city, which she shared on Instagram.
She wrote: "Thank you Sheffield! For all the friends I've made, places I've been, gorgeous children I have taught, people who have visited and for all the happy memories.
"Can’t believe I moved here 3 years ago only knowing my husband (and let’s be honest I’d only known him 4 months…) absolutely petrified if I’m honest and not knowing what the future looked like, not knowing whether I would feel at home.
"Then this beautiful city was so welcoming and it became a true home. I've left with so many beautiful moments and wonderful friends (and a growing child inside of me!). Thank you to all of you generous, loving souls that are making saying goodbye so hard. I can’t wait until we visit."
She and Owen, who works in IT, have since shared more updates as they settle into their new home together, including photos of Michelle's growing bump as the due date gets nearer.
Their most recent updates include a video of Owen making the most of their 'lovely new garden' and unleashing his inner child as he careens down a giant water slide, photos of the couple's baby shower and a snap of their date in London, where they watched Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Earlier this year, Michelle and Owen told The Star how they had found out in April that she was pregnant. They said they had been overwhelmed by the 'supportive and positive' reaction to the exciting news, including from many complete strangers who have followed their love story since their wedding was aired on TV.
Michelle had moved from Sussex to Owen's home city of Sheffield in August 2020, just months after they tied the knot. She threw herself into life in the Steel City, where she became a popular member of Woodseats Musical Theatre Company and made the most of the beautiful countryside on their doorstep.
In March, they celebrated their third wedding anniversary with a fancy meal at the popular DOMO restaurant in Kelham Island.
How have other South Yorkshire couples fared on Married At First Sight?
Michelle and Owen are not the only Married at First Sight success story from South Yorkshire. Adam Aveling and his wife Tayah Victoria, who live in Doncaster, had their first child, named Beau Emily, last year.
Sheffield musician Richie Dews was less lucky when he appeared on Married at First Sight last year, with he and his partner on the show Lara Eyre failing to find a spark.
Married at First Sight UK 2023 is due to return to E4 from Monday, September 18.