Actress Jessica Marais, and her fiancé, actor James Stewart, welcomed their first child yesterday, May 9, at 5.41 pm. They have named their daughter Scout Edie.

Jessica was born in South Africa, and lived in Canada and New Zealand before her family moved to Perth, Western Australia, when she was 9. After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2007, she was cast in the role of Rachel Rafter on TV drama series, Packed to the Rafters. The show became an instant hit, and Jessica won the 2009 Logie for Most Popular New Female Talent, and the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent. Jessica left the show last year.

James played Jake Barton in Packed to the Rafters. The characters Rachel and Jake became an item, and pretty soon life followed art as Jessica and James began dating in early 2010.

Jessica and James, along with baby Scout, will relocate to the United States in about a month, where Jessica is filming Magic City, a TV series set in 1950s Miami.

UPDATE: Jessica confirms that Scout was named after the character from To Kill a Mockingbird, which is one of her favourite novels.