Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Evans Welcome Daughter Ella Betsi Janet

09/09/2009 at 10:00 PM ET
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Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Evans are first-time parents after welcoming a girl! Daughter Ella Betsi Janet Gruffudd arrived at 2:16 a.m. on Sunday, September 6th after 40 hours of labor. She weighed in at 6 lbs., 3 oz and was 21 inches long.

“Ella is very small and unbelievably beautiful,” the new mom tells Hello. “[She] hasn’t got much hair yet.” Alice adds that Ella’s second middle name, Janet, is in honor of her mother, who passed away 10 years ago.

The couple, who met while filming 2002’s 102 Dalmatians and wed in fall 2007, announced the pregnancy in April.

Ioan, 35, and Lost actress Alice, 38, knew the sex of the baby prior to delivery, but kept it private.

Of impending parenthood, the Fantastic Four star said,

“I’m sure we have no idea what we are heading into. But we both love each other so much and really hope that we will create an environment of love and happiness.”

Source: PEOPLE; Us Weekly; Hello!

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Cheyane on

CONGRATS!!! Being a parent is very rewarding.

Names 4 Real on

What a sweet and normal name! πŸ™‚

StΓ©ph on

Aaww, I remember seeing them in the movie, I didn’t know they were going out together, I didn’t know their names, I just recognized their faces after reading that they met on the movie set of 102 dalmations.

Ella Betsi is a nice name.
I’m sure she is gorgeous.

Jane on

Ella is a pretty name.

Chelsea on

pretty name!

Mallory on

Yay! A nice, normal, pretty name for a certain-to-be pretty little girl! Congrats to them!

Cassandra on

AW! I love the name! Congrats to the new parents. Man, its been a busy day. πŸ˜›


I like the name ELLA but Betsi just doesn’t…flow.

Anyway, congrats!!!


Micheley on

Love Ella, not a huge Betsi fan, but to each their own.

Electra on

Betsi is at least different. Congrats to them.

mary on

Finally a “normal” name! Congrats to them!

Kait on

Congrats to the couple! I think Elizabeth would be cute, of course it’d sound odd to have Ella Elizabeth but IMO better than Ella Betsi, because saying it fast kind of sounds like someone getting the word “epilepsy” scrampled around. Ha, just found it interesting. Either way that baby is going to be a doll.

J on

I have to wonder what names some of you DO like. Seems like the same people poopoo names over and over. That’s MY opinion and I know I’m not alone, but like you name trashers say, “to each his/her own” right?

Elyse on

Holey Moley!!! 40 hrs of labor, I can’t even begin to imagine. Congrats to the new family!

Hilary on

I’m not familiar with these people, but thought I would comment because this birth sounds very similar to my own. September 6 is my birthday, I was born at 2:19am, and was also 6 pounds.

Brooke on

I love love love the name Betsi….I would love to see it make a comeback.

Liliana on

Congrats to Ioan and Alice! I’m sure little Ella is just darling.

On a side note, after 40 hours of labor, mom deserves a medal!

CTBmom on

Congrats to them. I love the name Ella and I am sure she is beautiful!

Chloe on

Lovely down to earth name πŸ™‚ Congrats to Alice and Ioan!

Sam & Freya's Mum on

Wow, 40 hours, poor thing. What a pretty name. all subjective of course but personally it’s a lot nicer than Sparrow Madden’s name (tweet, tweet, lol)!

psychologist1 on

Well, what can i say? a baby is a real happiness – especially if you wait for it! it is very responsible to be a parent. Congratulations and good luck to them!

hannah on

Betsi might be to do with honouring a relative or friend, who cares if it doesn’t flow, this is hardly a qualification for a good name.

Ann deLourdes on

What a gorge couple

Tina. on

thats a cute name πŸ™‚

Dana on

I love the name Ella. Beautiful!

Helen on

Nice to hear that a celeb went through a very long labor. Can’t stand celebs that have c-sections that are too posh to push

Shannon on

Congrats to them! I love the name. Betsi is so cute, and I really like the way they spelled it!

Samantha on

Ella is a nice name. I, personally, prefer it as part of a longer name. My daughter’s middle name is Gabriella. Ella is a very pretty name, though.

Joanne on

Betsi is a Welsh name as is Ioan. Maybe the new Daddy wanted a Welsh name for his little girl.

ritter on

I figured Betsi is after someone in Ioan’s life or family. Ella is at least nice and normal. a bit common, but better than some other recent ones.

NettieB on

I don’t get this “normal” thing. Normal to WHOM?

mazzie on

40 hours… thats making me feel faint just sat here reading… poor thing…
but so worth it!

christina on

according to a story on about the newborn baby, the full name is Ella Betsi Janet Gruffudd, with the second middle name being used in honor of Alice’s mom who passed away ten years ago to (I think) was some form of cancer.

Brianna on

CONGRATS!!!!!! I love this couple. I love the name too!

Enna on

Probably someone has commented on this already (sorry – just skimmed them) but Betsi is a Welsh name and I was really pleased to see that added in. I suspect it may well have some personal significance to Ioan – I half expected a Megan or Bethan or something equally Welsh. I think they have picked lovely names altogether.