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Outlander star Caitríona Balfe gives birth after secret pregnancy

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Caitríona Balfe, best known for playing Claire Fraser on Outlander, has given birth to a baby boy after keeping the whole pregnancy under wraps.

The Irish actress made the announcement on Instagram.

She wrote, "I’ve been off socials for a while as I was taking some time to enjoy cooking up this little human."

"We are so grateful for this little soul. That he chose us as his parents. I’m in awe of him already and can’t help stare and wonder at all the possibilities of who he will become, where he will go and what he’ll do on the big adventure of his life."

Caitríona took sharing the good news as an opportunity to urge her followers to support those less privileged, linking to a number of charities and not-for-profits including Unicef, World Child Cancer, Choose Love and the UN Refugee Agency.

"Right now he seems so small and fragile and I constantly think how grateful I am that I live in a place, in a time where he is born into peace and safety and yet at the same time I see so many in the world right now that aren’t afforded that same privilege and opportunity … who are born into famine or war and how unjust it is that the same safety isn’t there for all children."

"Here in the west we have so much, we are so lucky and so if you’d like to join me in supporting any of the wonderful charities that need help trying to give those that are forgotten dignity and hope, we can give the gift of peace and safety and opportunity to a few more children."

Balfe's Outlander co-star Sam Heughan (aka hunky Jamie Frasier) took to socials to congratulate her, commenting "Congrats you two (3!!!). Wonderful sentiment. x".

Image Credit: Neil Davidson / IMDB