Emilie de Ravin welcomes a baby girl - find out her sweet name

Gemma Strong

It's a girl for Emilie de Ravin. The Once Upon A Time actress and her director-writer boyfriend Eric Bilitch welcomed their first baby on Saturday, Emilie proudly announced via Twitter. "Welcome to the big wide world! Vera Audrey de Ravin-Bilitch born March 12 2016," the 34-year-old wrote. "Couldn't be happier! So in love with our little girl!"

Eric added: "Madly in love with our gorgeous girl. And her momma is the most wonderful woman on earth! Could not be happier!"

Emilie de Ravin announced the arrival of her baby girl on Twitter

Just a few weeks before giving birth, Emilie shared a very sweet snapshot of herself cradling her baby bump. "#truelove," she tagged the photo on Instagram.

The Australian star confirmed her pregnancy back in October, telling her Twitter followers: "I wanted to share some exciting news… me & @ericbilitch are expecting a baby!! 'Tis truly a dream come true and we could not be happier."

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Little Vera is the first child for Emilie and her partner Eric

Her boyfriend retweeted her post, saying: "Indeed! We are over the moon with joy! Could not be more excited to be starting a family with @emiliederavin."

Emilie – who plays Belle in the hit ABC show and previously appeared on Lost – was first linked to Eric back in 2014, when they were spotted walking the streets of Paris together. Little Vera is the first child for both.

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The Australian star shared a photo of her baby bump shortly before giving birth

The actress was previously married to Josh Janowicz. They separated in November 2013, and Josh filed for divorce in July 2014, citing irreconcilable differences.

Paperwork confirmed that the couple tied the knot on 19 June, 2003 - although their public wedding ceremony took place three years after that, on June 26, 2006.

The pair had previously planned to divorce in 2009, but the papers were never finalised.

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