Robert Downey Jr. Welcomes Daughter Avri Roel

11/05/2014 at 02:50 AM ET

Robert Downey Jr Susan BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards
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Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan, have welcomed a daughter in Los Angeles, PEOPLE has exclusively learned.

The new dad announced his baby girl’s arrival in a post on his Facebook Wednesday.

“Yep … Avri Roel Downey joined the party @ 3:22 a.m. on November 4th … she’s 7 lbs even, spans 20 inches, and is accompanied by a variety of Susan’s traits that have seemingly overwritten my ‘junk DNA,’ ” he writes.

The actor also joked his photo collection has already grown in size — and he doesn’t have plans of stopping anytime soon.

“After 9 months of intensive development, Team Downey is pleased to announce our 2014 fall/winter project. Principal photography commenced 11-14 and will continue until she says, ‘Dad! You are embarrassing me … I’m 30, this has gotta stop,’ ” he adds. “I’ll post pics here + there when I’m not too busy staring…”

The baby girl joins the couple’s son Exton Elias, 2½, and Downey’s 21-year-old son Indio from a previous marriage.

Just last Thursday, The Judge and Iron Man star, 49, paid a loving tribute to his very pregnant wife and soon-to-be-born daughter during the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards, where he received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.

“It’s just the uncertainty of how nowadays you have all these things where you think you have much more of an understanding of what you’re going to get,” said Downey. “And then this little soul lets herself be known to you, and it’s just like: You don’t know anything. It’s great!”

In his acceptance speech Downey singled out his wife and producing partner, “who is literally about to pop,” and asked her to stand up for the crowd.

“How is she still so darn pretty and functional and mood-stable?” he told the audience before joking that “the second pregnancy has been extraordinarily tough for me. Self-prescribed mandatory bed rest was of some benefit. At least my milk is finally coming in.”

— Elizabeth Leonard

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Sacré on


Aussie cathie on

So sweet. Congrats 🐣

Jeanna Hib on

So happy for them and their family. Susan has brought so much joy into their lives. Being a dad looks good on him. Great actor and person. Congratulations!

Jeanette on

Congratulation to Robert Downey Jr and his lovely wife Susan!

sin on

Congratulations to the Downey family. 🙂

sin on


veggiemama on

What a great actor and the fact that he recovered from deep depression and addiction. A tribute to his lovely wife! Blessings.

Carrie M on

Awww RDJ!!! Congrats!!

Carolyn on

I really like him, but couldn’t understand his speech about his baby!

rainbow on

I bet he is a fun Dad to his little ones. ❤️

emma on


Jane on

Can just tell R D is already a great husband & father– think it’s time for a Daughter. She’ll have him Wrapped for certain 😉

lalalla on

Love Robert Downey JR. so amazing he totally got to change his life for the positive!! Congrats!!

DebLG on


Jennifer on

How exciting for them!! Congrats to the whole family.

charlotte on

Congratulations on the new addition to the family! Can’t wait to hear what they named her.

valeskas on

Best wishes to the family.

Judy on

He seems so happy since meeting his wife. Great actor! Congrats on their baby girl.

Shane Paul Walker on

Its nice to see that even with all the success, family is always number one.

lola on

Not exactly sure how to pronounc the first or middle name. : /

Kaylin on

and they named their daughter a normal name!!! That’s unheard of in celebrities.

dancer92136 on

He has grown into quite the gentleman. I love the name, but I love how he is overjoyed about his wife and his daughter.

Arabrabbra on

so HAPPY for him! LOVE the name. So so so happy he didn’t turn into another tragic Hollywood addiction story

Tess on

He sounds so over the moon, so thrilled for all of them!

hollywoodangel6 on

I’m so happy for both of them. Robert has been my favorite actor since 1993. I’m so glad he got sober. Susan is a blessing in his life. Their love is so beautiful. I can tell Robert is a great husband and father. I am so happy they had a girl. She is going to be daddy’s girl for sure. Congrats to both of them. They have such a loving and beautiful family.

charlotte on

The name is not too bad and is in keeping with the rest of the kids names I guess. Different for sure

leora on

I still feel scared for him and his family. People are just never clear of those types of addictions; even 20 years later….shudder. Hoping for the best.

Mer on

A pattern is forming…. “A…E….I….” Waiting for O, U, Y.

Debs626 on

Seriously..where do these people get these f”d up names. Don’t they realize what is going to happen on the playground when they get school age???

gigimama on

Yes, I’m sure little Avri will be bullied by all the kids over her name. It’s not like her dad is Ironman.

Seriously, do you think the millionaire children of A-list stars are going to be bullied by other kids or will they be the most popular? Names are not problems for them.

rowana on

LOVE RDJ — and Susan — what a beautiful family, and now a new little one. I adore the name Avri Roel — like their baby boy Exton Elias, it’s a unique, strong and poetic name. Can’t wait to see the photos of the happy parents with little Avri!

Julie on

Exton was a name from Susan’s family, so I’m maybe Avri and Roel are also family names?

Avri is a Hebrew nickname for Avraham (although it’s usually a male name.) Avri is also Old French for April… as in the saying paîsson d’Avri (“April fool”.)

Shrug. At least it sounds nice.

LuAnn on

Where are they getting these weird names for their kids? This is America Robert and Susan. Those names are not American. I can’t even pronounce them.

Carolline on

I’m CRAZY about her name! I think it’s GORGEOUS. Welcome baby Avri!!!!

Juli on

YAY! Congrats to Robert and Susan. I love the name and the way he announced it on facebook was both adorable and hilarious. I’m sure Avri is a beauty!

Guest on

Coongrats to Robert Downey Jr!

Anonymous on

Congrats to them!

Lenora- That’s true, but he seems to have a very healthy attitude towards it, and that often makes all the difference! 🙂

Delilah on

Love it! I’m so glad they got their little girl! He has been wanting a daughter for ages 🙂 All people should experience the joy that only comes from having a little girl. Beautiful name too.

jenniferyterry on

Awww, congrats to mom and dad, that is so cute

Mandy on

So happy for them! Congrats. on

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