British actress Tina Malone has given birth to a daughter.

The 50-year-old Shameless star, who already has an adult daughter from a previous marriage, announced in May (13) that she was expecting after undergoing in vitro fertilisation (Ivf) with her 31-year-old husband Paul Chase.

Malone was due to have a Caesarean section on News Year's Eve (31Dec13), but she took to her Twitter.com account on Tuesday (17Dec13) to announce her daughter, named Flame, had arrived two weeks early.

She writes, "Proud to announce the arrival of our baby girl, cant wait to spend Xmas (sic) as a family."

The actress was initially expecting twins, but revealed in June (13) that one of the babies had died in the womb.