Ex EastEnders’ star Melissa Suffield shows off bikini body as she matches swimwear with son River

FORMER EastEnders actress Melissa Suffield  looked amazing as she posed in matching swimwear with her son River over the weekend.

The 28-year-old told her followers she loved being her one-year-old’s ‘permanent matching accessory’ while they kept cool in a paddling pool.

Melissa Suffield looked amazing in her bikini over the weekend

The actress matched with her son River

The actress, who is best known for playing Lucy Beale, wore a leopard print bikini top with high waisted bottoms, while River wore a long sleeved swimsuit to protect him from the warm sun.

Melissa- who has become an advocate for body positiviity – captioned the images: “The best job I ever had was being this ones permanent matching accessory

“The heatwave weekend was ace! Really needed it after a load of s**t rain recently, it was good to get the bikini on and feel the sun on my skin. 

“River had a blast moving ball pit balls from pool to playpen all day over and over again, and amazingly, he handled the heat like a champ.”

Melissa welcomed her first baby with fiancé Robert Brendan in March last year.

Body confident

She recently said she was “ready to take back some ownership” after a year of breastfeeding and pumping for son River.

After suffering “horrific” mastitis, Melissa had turned to exclusively expressing her milk with a breast pump and feeding it to River with a bottle.

She told us: “Trolls have attacked me for being fat, being open about exclusively pumping, and for ‘thinking you’re the only woman on Earth to have had a baby’. The trolls, I think, have got to the point where they realise I don’t give a s**t. The problem with them is they’re self-important enough to think their opinion needs to be heard, and it really doesn’t.

“Think what you like, but just keep it to yourself, and certainly don’t feel the need to follow me if you don’t like what I’m posting.” 

The actress previously shot to fame playing Ian Beale’s daughter Lucy in EastEnders between 2004 and 2010, joining the soap at the age of 11.

She was the third actress to put their face to Ian Beale’s only daughter, but became the first recognisable star to take on the role and appeared as a series regular for six years.

Melissa and her fiance Robert and baby River

Melissa as Lucy Beale in EastEnders