Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy welcome first child!

The actress and her husband welcomed their first child this week, at least a few weeks before he was expected.

Claire Danes

It’s been a big year for Claire Danes. And it just got a little bigger, as she gave birth to her first child, a boy, with husband Hugh Dancy.

Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy is the child’s name, according to E! News. And according to a recent interview, the baby may have come a little early. While not giving much away about her pregnancy, a pregnant Danes told Anderson Cooper in September that the baby was due at the “beginning of next year.”

Danes also told Cooper that she would not be sharing the gender of the baby either, because she and her husband spend so much of their lives in the public eye.

“It’s important to keep a little something to ourselves because we’re so public and stuff,” she said.

She did say that she was excited to find out for herself, but the couple managed to keep the secret.

“Cyrus’ arrival happened to occur just a day after Homeland enjoyed its highly rated second-season finale,” said E! News, “another explosive night of drama for Danes’ troubled CIA agent Carrie Mathison and Damian Lewis’ equally troubled turncoat Nicholas Brody.”

Back in September, Cooper had asked Danes what kind of parent she thought she would be. Her answer was simple: a loving mother.

“I hope a good one,” she answered, according to E! News. “We’re going to love this person, I know that.”

Danes, 33, and Dancy, 38, were married in September 2009. According to E!, they met on the set of the 2007 film Evening, which also starred Vanessa Redgrave, Toni Collette and Natasha Richardson.

Danes and Dancy confirmed the pregnancy back in July.

Danes continues to work on Homeland, as well as starring in a new film, As Cool as I Am, set to be out in 2013. Dancy will appear on the TV show Hannibal in 2013.

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