Actor Ioan Gruffudd, 35, and wife Alice Evans, 38, have become first time parents to a baby girl. Daughter Ella Betsi Evans Gruffudd was born on September 6 after a gruelling 40 hour labour! She weighed in at 6lbs 3oz.
Before entering fatherhood for the first time, Ioan described his excitement and fear. “I’m sure we have no idea what we are heading into. But we both love each other so much and really hope that we will create an environment of love and happiness,” he told PEOPLE.
The happy couple met in 2002 when filming 102 Dalmations and married in 2007.
Across the pond, Grey’s Anatomy actress Katherine Heigl is adopting a baby girl with husband Josh Kelly.
The 10-month baby girl, believed to be named Nayleigh, is from Korea. The news will be officially announced on The Ellen DeGeneres show, to be aired in the US this Friday, according to Radaronline.
The idea of adoption has never been a secret for the 30-year-old actress. She has previously spoken out about her desire to adopt and even has an adoptive sister, Meg, 31, born in Korea, who is her inspiration to adopt.
“It’s definitely something we’ve talked about and want to do. I want to honour her and her part in my life. I think adoption is a hugely important thing,” she previously told PEOPLE.
Katherine and Josh married in December 2007 and this will be their first child together.