Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has welcomed his first child with girlfriend Georgia Groome, it has been confirmed.
Georgia, 28, was pregnant in April when she was spotted out with the 31-year-old actor, who played Ron Weasley, with her baby bump on show in north London.
Reps announced on Thursday (6 May) that Rupert and Georgia are now proud parents of a baby girl.
‘Rupert Grint and Georgia Groome are delighted to confirm the birth of their baby girl,’ they said in a statement.
‘We would please ask that you respect their privacy at this very special time.’
It makes Rupert the first Harry Potter star out of his main co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson to become a parent.
The joyful news emerged just hours after Daniel, who played boy wizard Harry, revealed he had congratulated the couple on their impending arrival.
‘As soon as I found out, I texted him,’ Daniel told Inquirer.
‘I’m incredibly happy for him. He and Georgia have been together for a while. It’s really exciting. It is crazy to think because it’s in my head. It still feels like we’ve basically just met and we are about 16 years old.’
Rupert and Georgia have made sure to keep their relationship as private as possible ever since they were first linked, nine years ago. So much so that loyal fans were shocked to see pictures of the lovebirds together back in 2018.
However, Rupert turned this all around in a very candid interview shortly after turning 30, where he opened up about taking the next step in life.
Chatting to the Guardian, he said: ‘Turning 30 felt strange. It just doesn’t feel like I’m there yet and I don’t know what the future holds.
‘I’m just going to go with the flow, keep playing interesting characters and see what happens.
‘I’d like to settle down and have kids soon.’
But Harry Potter fans were a little heartbroken to find out that Ron was absolutely not at the top of any baby name list if he had a boy.
‘If I had a son, would I call him Ron? It’s quite a good name, but probably not,’ Rupert added.
‘And Grint’s a tough name to pair a one-syllable first name with.’
Rupert shot to fame starring as Harry’s sidekick Ron starring in all eight movies.
He’s since gone on to star in Sky One comedy Sick Note, crime drama Snatch and Agatha Christie adaption The ABC Murders.
Georgia is also known in her own right, appearing in 2008’s Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, as well as 2006’s crime drama London To Brighton.