Italian screen siren Monica Bellucci is pregnant with her first child.

The stunning actress, 39, who plays Mary Magdalene in Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion Of The Christ, and her French actor husband Vincent Cassel, 37, are expecting their first child this autumn (SEP-NOV04).

Bellucci and Cassel reportedly had marital problems in 2002 and allegedly split after starring in another controversial movie IRREVERSIBLE, which depicted graphic rape scenes.

The couple married in 1999. Cassel is due to begin filming OCEAN'S TWELVE next month (APR04).

15/03/2004 02:19