Nicole Kidman wishes lookalike niece Lucia a happy birthday

From the delicate porcelein colouring and luminous smile to the slightly upturned nose and the shape of her eyes, Nicole Kidman's niece looks exactly like her famous aunty. The actress posted this beautiful picture of the pair of them in celebration of Lucia's 17th birthday, with the caption: "Love you Lu, happy sweet seventeen. xxNic"

The teenager has even inherited the Kidman stature, with long legs like her aunty and mother. Lucia is the daughter of Nicole's younger sister, journalist Antonia Kidman and her ex-husband Angus Hawley, who sadly died earlier this year of a suspected heart attack.

Lucia Hawley is the daughter of Nicole Kidman's sister Antonia and her ex-husband Angus Hawley

In April, the Hollywood star and husband Keith Urban rushed back to Australia to support Antonia as she helped Lucia and her other children Sybella, twins Hamish and James mourn their father. She is also mother to other boys from her second marriage, Nicholas and Alexander.

In another sign of their family's closeness, Lucia travelled to London ten days ago to see Nicole in a performance of Photograph 51. Aunt and niece were pictured leaving the Noel Coward Theatre, holding hands.

It has been a rollercoaster year of highs and lows for the Kidman family. Before Angus died unexpectedly at the age of 46, patriarch Dr Antony Kidman passed away, also of a suspected heart attack. The 75-year-old had been visiting Antonia in Singapore where she lived with her husband Craig Marran.

Nicole and Antonia in 2005

On the positive side, Nicole's 22-year-old daughter from her union to Tom Cruise recently married IT consultant Max Parker in a low-key ceremony in London. Isabella Cruise and her new husband have settled down quietly in Croydon.

Neither of Bella's famous parents attended the wedding apparently not wanting media attention to overshadow the event. However the actress is said to approve and helped with the preparations for the ceremony.

In her own marriage, Nicole is supremely happy of course. In June, she celebrated her ninth wedding anniversary with Keith at a concert in Michigan. The country music star shared an emotional video thanking fans, who held up happy anniversary signs at the gig, for making their evening "magical, celestial and so romantic".