Stealing the spotlight: Amanda Holden's three-week-old daughter Hollie takes centre stage as she treads the boards at theatre

By Kimberley Dadds

Treading the boards: Amanda Holden proudly showed off baby Hollie on stage at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Thursday - the day of her 41st birthday

She was only born three weeks ago but it looks like Amanda Holden's daughter Hollie is already following in her footsteps.

The Britain's Got Talent judge has posted a picture up on her Twitter page showing the tot on stage at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Amanda celebrated her 41st birthday on Thursday and took the opportunity to revisit the venue, where she appeared in Shrek: The Musical before leaving to have her daughter.

The TV judge looked radiant as she proudly showed off the youngster on the green-themed stage.

Wearing a black dress, Amanda cradled Hollie in a blanket as she posed for the touching image.

And she was keen to show her fans her youngest daughter treading the boards.

Posting an image up of herself smiling widely while carrying Hollie, Amanda wrote: 'Hollie on stage at Theatre Royal Drury Lane- Out of my tummy!!'

She was obviously in a good mood as she lapped up her special day.

And she's adamant this year will be better following a testing 2011.

Welcome return: Amanda endured a difficult childbirth and temporarily left Britain's Got Talent, but she returned to the show earlier this month

She added: 'Thank you for your Birthday wishes!Been very spoilt. I am officially 41 today- but decided to stay 40! as 2011 was blinkin rubbish... x'

The actress has already debuted Hollie by posing with photos in a family shot with husband Chris Hughes and her eldest daughter, six-year-old Lexi.

And it's good to see her looking so happy after the terrifying ordeal during her labour while welcoming Hollie into the world.

Amanda nearly died after the traumatic birth when she went into labour a week early while filming for Simon Cowell's TV talent show.

Back to her best: Amanda, who turns 41 on Thursday, has made a triumphant return to BGT after a life-threatening labour

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.

But her spokesperson released a statement following her birth revealing the couple's happiness.

The rep said: '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'

Amanda has since rejoined Britain's Got Talent alongside Cowell and new panelists Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.

And she's adamant she now has a 'new lease of life' and can't wait to continue judging the BGT auditions.

She writes on Twitter: 'Feeling so happy!Bursting with energy!Back on school run and doing naughty shopping -can't wait for BGT Birmingham this wkd! newleaseoflife!'

Amanda originally appeared on stage at the Theatre Royal when she took on the part of Princess Fiona in the West End version of the animated movie.

But she soon made way for Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh to take over from her when she quit to concentrate on motherhood.