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Baby Girl on the Way for Shanola Hampton

09/18/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Shanola Hampton Pregnant Expecting Baby Girl
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There’s a baby on the way for this Shameless star.

Shanola Hampton and her husband Daren Dukes are expecting their first child together — a girl, PEOPLE confirms exclusively.

“We are beyond excited to expand our family and begin this new chapter,” the happy couple, whose daughter is due in late January, tell PEOPLE in a statement. “Words can’t describe the joy our hearts feel.”

On the Showtime hit, Hampton, 36, plays Veronica Fisher, the sassy best friend of Emmy Rossum‘s character Fiona Gallagher.

She and Dukes, creator and producer of The Dallas Cowboy Show, have been married for 13 years and currently live in Los Angeles.

The fourth season of Shameless premieres Jan. 12 on Showtime.

– Mary Margaret

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Marc on

She is gorgeous and I love her on the show. Congratulations to her and her husband.

Eleonor on

On their baby registry they said it is going to be named Cai MyAnna Dukes.

Congrats!

CinSweet on

She is beautiful! Best of luck to them.

Katie on

I wonder if they’re going to write the pregnancy into her storyline. I would love that! Best of luck to her and her husband.

Messiejessy on

LOVE love love her! She is so gorgeous and I love her character on the show! What happy news and let’s face it, 13 years in Hollywood… Kudos to them!

Anonymous on

Katie, that would be awesome!

meghan on

Will Veronica have a baby too? I know the character is supposed to be infertile, but that would be awesome. Love Shanola!

Kayte on

Love her and love the show! Congrats!

Tee on

Don’t know her or the show, but congrats! Just a wonder moment outloud…..it doesn’t actually say she’s pregnant, so wonder if they’re expecting via surrogate.

Anonymous on

Tee- Um, most pregnancy announcements here don’t actually say the celeb is pregnant. They just say they’re “expecting”. So I don’t think that means anything. Also, what’s with the sudden assumption about celebs using surrogates (this isn’t aimed at you, Tee, just a general statement!)?

At any rate, congrats to them!

Anonymous on

Eleanor- She, not it!

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