Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford Expecting First Child

03/14/2012 at 04:00 PM ET
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There’s a baby on the way for Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford!

The couple, who married in November 2007, will welcome their first child this summer, they tell PEOPLE exclusively.

“It’s been so hard keeping the news to ourselves,” says Routh, 32, who’s currently filming the CBS pilot Partners.

“Everyone on set keeps asking, ‘Do you have kids?’ and I’ve had to say, ‘Well … not yet!’ It’s the truth. The baby hasn’t been born yet!”

Staying silent was tough on Ford — who just wrapped a six-episode arc on Parenthood as Lily — as well.

“It started getting difficult to hide what was happening,” the actress, 33, tells PEOPLE. “Flu and food poisoning excuses only work for so long, and by the last episode I could no longer button my pants! I just tried to joke that I had a big lunch!”

The pair met in 2003, when Routh was working at Lucky Strike in Los Angeles as a bartender and Ford was there for her brother’s rehearsal dinner. “He met my whole family the day he met me,” the actress jokes.

In addition to Parenthood, Ford is known for her roles as Portia on True Blood and Christine on Dexter. Routh starred in Superman Returns, as well as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and had a recurring role on Chuck as Daniel.

— Sarah Michaud with reporting by Alexis Chiu

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Sarah S. on

Great news! Best of luck to them and congrats!! 🙂

martina on

That is going to be one gorgeous baby! She was so creepy on Dexter, hah hah – couldn’t be easy with such angelic face.

LC on

Had no idea they were a couple – congrats! That will be a cute baby.

Brooklyn on

Recognized her in the photo but couldn’t figure out from where and then I realized from Parenthood! Anyways, congrats to them both!

Julianna on

And the celebrity baby boom just keeps going on! Congratulations, Brandon and Courtney!

Sandra on

I decided to click on the story and saw these 2 people and I don’t know who these people are. I then looked at the shows they are on and then realized I don’t watch these shows so, that is why I don’t know them! Anyways, good for them. This baby will be beautiful I can tell you that! Congratulations!

tufenuf on

Superman is still gorgeous and has a beautiful bride. They will certainly have a most beautiful child.

Angela Coats on


mary on

gonna be a beautiful baby that is for sure.

Congratulations to you both and baby makes three!

Fran on

Congratulations to the most beautiful couple in the world. They are both so sweet, and what you see is what you get. Nothing phony about them! Love their principles, and their gratitude. Most marvelous people you will ever meet.

God Bless them and their child.

Wonderful news.

Love and hugs. oxoxoxoxox

Anonymous on

Congrats to them!

Ashley on

They are so cute together—that baby will be adorable 🙂

ruby on

Hey, it’s Portia from True Blood! I didn’t know she was married to him! Hope they have a healthy baby 🙂



pinky on

I met him a few months ago, and he’s so sweet!! I wish him and his wife the best for their new baby to come!

astrid on

Congrats!! I had no idea who he was until I watched Superman Returns a few days ago, I found my new celeb crush!! 😉 He’s a keeper!! I can’t wait to see the baby!! Love them both,
blessings, Astrid Ross, age 17, kelowna
B.C Canada