A big congratulations to Tom Hardy and his wife Charlotte Riley, who have just welcomed their first child as a couple. The pair have only been married for just over a year and we've only known about the pregnancy for a few weeks, so it's a happy surprise for fans.

Tom Hardy and Charlotte RileyTom Hardy and Charlotte Riley show off the bump at Legend premiere

While the birth marks the British actors' first time becoming parents together, it sees Hardy become a father for the second time around, after his 7-year-old son Louis with whom he had with former girlfriend Rachel Speed. 

It's a thrilling eventuality, as we only heard the news that Riley was expecting a baby when she joined her dashing husband on the blue carpet at the world premiere of Hardy's new film 'Legend', held at the Odeon in Leicester Square on September 3rd 2015. The 33-year-old 'World Without End' star looked positively glowing with sultry smoky eye make-up, hair chopped to her chin, and a brave long-sleeved black dress that showed off her prominent bump. And it was just last weekend that they were spotted strolling through the city hand in hand, looking extremely content - no doubt very excited for their new arrival.

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Hardy and Riley first met in 2008 during the filming of ITV's adaptation of 'Wuthering Heights', in which they played onscreen lovers Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. They were engaged by 2010, and married four years later in July 2014. 

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Just as the new birth isn't Hardy's first parental adventure, the marriage wasn't his first either, having previously been wed to Sarah Ward between 1999 and 2004. And with it can only come more happiness; after all, Hardy has previously been very open about the effect being a father has had on his life, with it even helping him recover from his past struggles with alcohol and substance abuse.