Amanda Holden introduces Hollie Rose for the first time after life-threatening childbirth

By Sara Nathan

With a wide smile on her face, Amanda Holden today introduces her baby daughter - just two weeks after her life-threatening childbirth ordeal.

The 40-year-old Britain’s Got Talent star nearly died after giving birth to her second daughter, Hollie Rose.

But Miss Holden looked healthy and content as she happily showed off her little girl, who was carefully snuggled in the arms of her doting older sister Lexi, six.

Hello world: Amanda Holden is pictured for the first time with baby Hollie Rose following her life-threatening childbirth ordeal

Her husband, record executive Chris Hughes, 40 - who had thanks doctors and nurses for saving his wife’s life - looked clearly delighted with his family, while an array of flowers and cards from well-wishers were on show.

Miss Holden went into labour a week early while filming for the ITV talent show and was given ‘several pints’ of blood during a transfusion following complications with her caesarean birth.

The blonde entertainer was kept in intensive care for three days – and was forced apart from her newborn daughter, who weighed in at just over six pounds on January 23.

She has been recovering at her family home in South West London for the past week and now hopes to re-join Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams at auditions for Britain’s Got Talent in Edinburgh on Saturday.

The friend told the Mail: ‘Amanda’s hoping to go back to work – providing that doctors give her the all clear.

‘But she is in very good spirits and the baby is lovely and healthy.

‘Amanda won’t do anything that she doesn’t feel she’s not up to, but she would be the first to say that BGT is not exactly gruelling manual labour.’

Miss Holden’s spokeswoman Alison Griffin said the family were ‘thrilled’ with the new arrival, adding: ‘Amanda and Chris would like to thank everyone who was involved in her care for their amazing skill and dedication, and also to thank everyone who sent such kind thoughts and wishes during this time.

The TV favourite, who has been married to Mr Hughes since 2008, was in good health throughout her pregnancy until she went into hospital at the end of last month.

Her traumatic childbirth follows the devastating loss of her baby son.

She suffered a stillbirth while seven months pregnant last February, and in 2010 she had also suffered a miscarriage.

Back to work? Amanda is said to be hoping to return to Britain's Got Talent for the Edinburgh auditions on Saturday

Fellow Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon said she was looking forward to having Miss Holden back, saying: ‘I love Amanda to bits - I'm missing my partner in crime and can't wait for her to come back.’

Today, Miss Holden’s spot will be filled by American glamour model and actress Carmen Electra, 39, for the London auditions for Britain’s Got Talent.

A very excited Walliams, 40, tweeted that there was going to be ‘an amazing guest judge,’ adding that he was ‘sworn to secrecy’.