Actress Emma Lung, and her husband Henry Zalapa, welcomed their first child on Easter Sunday, April 5, and have named their son Marlowe.
Emma was in the short-lived drama series Cooks, and had her breakthrough role in the film Peaches, before starring in 48 Shades, Triangle, Cradlewood, and Crave. Emma was in an episode of American drama series Entourage, and currently in the Channel 10 drama, Wonderland.
Henry is a film director; he has made two short films, Submerged, and Deserted. Henry and Emma were married in Mexico in 2013.
Athlete Jana Pittman recently welcomed her daughterEmily, a sister for Cornelis, aged 7; Cornelis is the son of Jana’s former husband, English athlete Chris Rawlinson. Emily was conceived via IVF using donor sperm. Jana had had two miscarriages, and had been diagnosed with a pre-cancerous condition of the cervix, so felt that this might be her only chance to give Cornelis a sibling – he chose the name Cora for his sister’s name, because it’s similar to his own.
Jana is a two-time world champion in the 400 metre hurdles, has won multiple gold medals at Commonwealth games, and is one of only nine atheletes to have won world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. She also competed in the bobsleigh event at the 2014 Winter Olympics, making her the first Australian female athlete to have competed at both the Summer and Winter Olympic games. Jana is currently training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Ski-ier Lydia Lassila, and her husband, retired Finnish ski champ Lauri Lassila, welcomed their sonAlek in February, a brother for Kai, who is nearly 4 [pictured]. They chose the name Alek because when he was born, his hands were so tightly clenched that the midwife could not uncurl them, so they wanted a name denoting strength, and “defender of men” seemed strong; they also wanted a name which worked in both English and Finnish. Lydia won gold in freestyle ski-ing at the 2010 Olympics, and bronze at the 2014 Olympics.
Actress Isla Fisher, and her husband Sacha Baron Cohen, reportedly welcomed their third child on March 17, with their son’s name on the birth certificate given as Montgomery MosesBrian. Brian seems to be in honour of Isla’s father, Brian Fisher. Montgomery joins big sisters Olive, aged 7, and Eulula, aged 4.
Isla was born in Oman to Scottish parents, and after an early childhood in Scotland, moved to Australia at the age of six. Her acting career began in TV commercials at the age of nine, and continued with roles on children’s television programs such as ParadiseBeach. She was a regular on Home and Away for three years, before attending a drama school in Paris, and taking on roles in theatre. Early films roles included parts in a German horror movie The Pool, Scooby-Doo, and Australian film The Wannabees. Her breakthrough Hollywood role was in The Wedding Crashers, and she has appeared in Wedding Daze, Definitely, Maybe, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Bachelorette, and TheGreat Gatsby, as well as several episodes of Arrested Development. Isla published two YA novels as a teenager, and has also co-written film scripts. After converting to Judaism before her marriage, she took the Hebrew name Ayala, meaning “doe”.
Sacha is an English actor, comedian and writer. He is best known for creating and playing four comic characters – Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Brüno Gehard, Admiral General Aladeen – who have appeared in televison shows and films. He has also made film appearances in Talladega Nights,Sweeney Todd, Hugo, Les Misérables, and Anchorman 2, and been in episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Simpsons. Sacha and Isla met at a party in Sydney in 2002, and they were married in Paris in 2010.
Actor Anthony Hayes, and his wife, costume designer Polly Smyth, welcomed their sonMarlon about a month ago, a brother for their son Sidney, aged 2 and a half. Anthony has been in numerous films and television shows, and is best known for appearing in The Slap, Look Both Ways, The Boys, Rabbit Proof Fence, and Animal Kingdom. Currently he is in Redfern Now. Polly has worked in the costume department of several films and television series.
Journalist Nicky Champ, and her husband Matt, welcomed their sonSamuel on March 24, a brother for their daughter Amelia. Nicky is the beauty and style editor for the Mamamia website.
Perth socialite Bree Maddox, and her partner Nick Hayler, welcomed their first child on New Year’s Day this year, and have named their son Max. Bree is part-owner of the Court Hotel, and Nick is a former Gage Roads chief executive.
Former television presenter Rob Palmer, and his Welsh-born wife Gwen Jones, welcomed their daughterGreta six months ago [pictured]. Greta is a little sister to Gruffyd and Branwen. Until recently, Rob was the carpentry expert on Better Homes and Gardens.
Labor MP Kate Ellis, and her husband, journalist David Penberthy, welcomed their first child on April 8 and have named their son Samuel Christopher Ellis. Kate has represented the seat of Adelaide since 2004, and is currently the Shadow Minister for Education and Early Childhood. David is editor-in-chief at News Limited and opinion website The Punch, as well as co-host of the Breakfast Show on Adelaide’s talk-back radio station Fiveaa.
Labor Senator Penny Wong, and her partner Sophie Allouache, welcomed their second child on Good Friday, April 3, and have named their daughter Hannah. Hannah joins big sister Alexandra, aged 3; Alexandra’s birth was featured on the blog.
Liberal MP Ross Vasta, and his wife Fang [pictured], welcomed their second child on February 7 and have named their son Micah Damien. Micah is a brother for Zachary, aged 2. Ross has represented the seat of Bonner in Brisbane from 2004 to 2007, and was re-elected in 2010 on one of the highest swings to any Liberal candidate in Queensland. Before entering politics he operated three Italian restaurants and was a company director.
Model Lara Bingle, and her husband, actor Sam Worthington, welcomed their first child around March 21, and have reportedly named their son Rocket Zot. Zot is in honour of Lara’s father, Graham Bingle, who passed away in 2008 and was known by this affectionate nickname. Rocket was born at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
Lara has been a cover girl for Elle, Grazia, Oyster, Cleo, and New Idea, and is signed with Elite Models. She is best known for appearing in the 2006 Tourism Australia campaign, So where the bloody hell are you? Lara has appeared in episodes of Home and Away, and other TV shows, such as Celebrity Apprentice Australia. She was runner up on Channel Nine’s Torvill and Dean’s Dancing on Ice, and competed on Dancing with the Stars. In 2011, she had her own reality TV series called Being Lara Bingle.
Sam is originally from England, coming to Australia as an infant. A NIDA graduate, Sam began his career on TV, in drama series such as Blue Heelers and Love My Way. He had a major role in Somersault, and took the title role in a modern Australian version of Macbeth. After a role in Terminator Salvation, Sam became well known for playing Jake Sully in James Cameron’s hit movie, Avatar. Since then he has been in several other films, including Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans, and done voice overs for the Call of Duty video game series. Sam and Lara began dating in 2012, and were privately married in the Maldives around New Year.
Actress Asher Keddie, and her husband, artist Vincent Fantauzzo, welcomed their first child together on March 1 and have named their son Valentino. Valentino is a brother for Vincent’s son Luca, from a previous relationship.
Asher has been on our television screens since the mid-1980s, first appearing in guest roles on various drama series. After roles in Blue Heelers and Stingers, her big break came in 2004, when she had a lead role in Love My Way, winning as Astra Award for best actress. More roles followed, including a part in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and taking the starring role in hit drama series Offspring in 2010, for which she won a Logie as Most Popular Actress. As well as playing Dr Nina Proudman on Offspring, she has portrayed both Blanche d’Alpulget in Hawke, and Ita Butrose in Paper Giants, helping her to win further awards, including two Gold Logies. Last year, Asher starred in Party Tricks, and she has also appeared in various theatre productions. Asher’s name has been featured on the blog.
Vincent is originally from the UK, and studied Fine Arts at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, where he is now an Adjunct Professor. Vincent has exhibited in Australia, New York, Los Angeles, India, Vietnam, and Hong Kong, and is a brand ambassador for Audi and laurent perrier. He often collaborates with film makers and works on creative projects with others. He won Peoples Choice Awards at the Archibalds with portraits of actors Heath Ledger and Brandon Walters in 2008 and 2009, and won the Archibald Packing Room Prize and the Doug Moran Portrait Prize for his painting of director Baz Luhrmann in 2011. His portrait of Asher Keddie, titled Love Face, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Archibald Prize, and his portrait of son Luca won the 2014 People’s Choice Award, making him the artist most often awarded the People’s Choice. He has also won a GQ Artist of the Year, and a Metro Art Award. Vincent and Asher began dating in 2012, after meeting through mutual friends, and were married in Fiji last year.
Celebrity chef Manu Feildel, and his fiancée Clarissa Werasena, welcomed their first child together on February 5, and have named their daughter Charlee Ariya. Charlee is a sister to Jonti, Manu’s son with his former partner, Veronica “Ronnie” Morshead.
Emnanuel, or “Manu”, was born in France, and learned to cook in London. After moving to Australia to 1999, he worked at a number of restaurants before becoming head chef at Bilson’s, which offered modern French cuisine and earned a three-hat rating. He began appearing on Ready Steady Cook in 2005, was on MasterChef in 2009, and became co-host of My Kitchen Rules in 2010, alongside fellow celebrity dad, Pete Evans. Manu opened his own French bistro in 2009, called Manu at L’Etoile, and after it closed in 2014, opened Le Grand Cirque with MasterChef judge and fellow celebrity dad, George Calombaris. Manu won the 2011 series of Dancing with the Stars, and has also hosted Dinner Date and his own cooking-travel documentary, called My France With Manu.
Clarissa is originally from Malaysia, and is a jewellery store manager. She and Manu met in a nightclub in 2010, and have been engaged since 2013.
Champion jockey Tommy Berry, and his fiancée Sharni Nisbet, welcomed their first child in February, and named their son Kaiden Nathan [pictured]. Kaiden’s middle name is in honour of Tommy’s twin brother Nathan, who died last year from an acute form of epilepsy.
NRL star Johnathan Thurston, and his fiancée Samantha Lynch, welcomed their daughterCharlie Grace on March 16. Charlie joins big sister Frankie, who will be 2 this year; Frankie’s birth was featured on the blog. Johnathan is co-captain of the North Queensland Cowboys, and is the all-time scorer for the State of Origin series.
Rugby league footballer Nathan Peats, and his partner Jade, welcomed their first child on March 4, and named their son Leyton Winiata. Nathan started his career with South Sydney in 2011, and signed with the Parramatta Eels last year. He has also been named for the Indigenous All Stars, and City Origin. He is the son of Geordi Peats, who played for the Canterbury Bulldogs.
Labor MP Amanda Rishworth, and her husband Timothy Walker, recently welcomed their sonPercy James [pictured]. Amanda has represented the seat of Kingston in Adelaide since 2007, which she turned around from the most marginal Labor seat in South Australia to the second safest. Last year she was promoted to the Opposition’s front bench when she was appointed Shadow Assistant Minister for Education. Before entering politics, Amanda was a clinical psychologist, and she has been a volunteer surf life saver since high school.
Labor MP Jim Chalmers, and his wife Laura, welcomed their son Leo James on March 13; Leo’s middle name seems to be after his dad. Jim has represented the seat of Rankin in Brisbane since 2013. He was formerly chief of staff to Wayne Swan when he was Treasurer, and was then Executive Director of the Chifley Research Centre, a Labor Party think tank. Laura is a journalist, and a former press secretary for Julia Gillard and Penny Wong.