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Bond's Gemma Arterton welcomes first child with Peaky Blinders star

"We are very, very happy."

rory keenan and gemma arterton attend the press night after party of long days journey into night at browns on february 6, 2018 in london, england
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Gemma Arterton has revealed that she's welcomed her first child with husband Rory Keenan.

The actress — who has appeared in St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, The King's Man, and the James Bond film Quantum of Solace actually gave birth late last year, shortly after announcing her pregnancy.

Arterton broke the news of her son's birth during an appearance on BBC Radio 2's The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show today (February 8).

"I just had a baby. We are very, very happy," she shared. "He was born just before Christmas — a little Christmas elf."

Later appearing on This Morning, Arterton opened up about what it's been like in the seven weeks since her son was born. She said she's "totally smitten" and loves being a mother, then joked that she wishes she could get a little more sleep (via Yahoo News UK).

gemma arterton and rory keenan attend the audi a8 launch at cowdray house on november 24, 2017 in midhurst, england
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Last year didn't just see the couple welcome a baby. Keenan, who has starred in Peaky Blinders, War & Peace and Somewhere Boy, also directed Arterton in his debut short film. Titled Bump, it followed a pregnant woman. Fitting!

Back in 2020, Arterton spoke about her breakthrough role as Strawberry Fields in Daniel Craig's second 007 outing. She said that while she's grateful for it, she wouldn't take a role like Strawberry Fields nowadays.

"I still get criticism for accepting Quantum of Solace, but I was 21, I had a student loan, and you, know, it was a Bond film," she said.

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"But as I got older, I realised there was so much wrong with Bond women. Strawberry should have just said no, really, and worn flat shoes."

Arterton is currently doing the rounds to promote her new show Funny Women, in which she plays the lead role. The comedy series is based on Nick Hornby's book Funny Girl.

Funny Women begins Thursday, February 9 on Sky Max and NOW.

Joe Anderton is a freelance news writer at Digital Spy.
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