Ulster heart-throb Jamie Dornan and his new wife Amelia Warner are celebrating the news that they are to have a baby.
Just seven weeks after they married in a quiet ceremony in a beautiful country house in Somerset on April 27 the couple, both 31, have confirmed they are already looking forward to becoming parents.
Dornan, who has just been nominated for a Best Actor award for his portrayal of a psycho killer in the recent hit BBC drama The Fall, was home in Holywood, Co Down this week with his English actress wife to break the good news to family and friends.
And the mum-to-be was in good hands when she was given her first scan by her husband’s stepmum, Dr Samina Dornan.
Both Jamie’s dad Jim and his step mum Samina are well-known leading consultants in gynaecology and obstetrics. Jim Dornan is known in Northern Ireland as “the baby doctor”.
But it was Samina who had the pleasure of carrying out the first scan of her grandchild at Lisburn Road’s private 3fivetwo Healthcare clinic.
Samina is also a Consultant Sub-Specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine based in the Regional Unit at the Royal Maternity Hospital. She told Sunday Life: “Jim and I are delighted that our third grandchild is on the way.”
Samina, who carries out scans daily, also revealed how special it was to get to conduct the all important first scan on her grandchild: “The early wellbeing scanning was a beautiful and emotional experience for all present.”
News of the pitter patter of tiny feet comes just as the actor announced that he has become patron of the local premature baby charity Tinylife, of which his father Jim is President.
He and his wife are said to be thrilled at the prospect of becoming parents, as are the grandparents-to-be.
Jamie was remaining tight-lipped about their good news but last week said of married life: “It’s going well so far. It’s only been seven weeks and so it’s all fairly fresh.
“It doesn’t feel massively different to how our life was before. It’s good fun.”
He has also confirmed that he has been signed to again play the role of psycho Paul Spector in the second series of The Fall, for which filming will begin at the end of next January.
He has just been nominated for the first time for Best Actor in the 2013 TV Choice Awards for his role in the series. The Fall has also been nominated in the Best New Drama category and co-star Gillian Anderson is up for Best Actress.
He famously dated English actress Kiera Knightley for two years and his wife was briefly married to Hollywood star Colin Farrell.
Jamie, who has an older and a younger sister, lost his mum to pancreatic cancer when he was 16.
He dropped out of Teesside University and moved to London to train as an actor in his 20s.