Guy Pearce and Carice van Houten Expecting First Child

03/19/2016 at 09:45 AM ET

Guy Pearce and Carice van Houten are expecting their first child together, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

Dutch actress Houten, who portrays Melisandre on Game of Thrones, is currently starring in the film, Race, about track star Jesse Owens’ historic wins in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The 39-year-old is also a singer and has released two albums — 2012’s See You on the Ice and 2006’s Black Book.

Pearce, 48, currently stars in Australian TV series Jack Irish and will portray F. Scott Fitzgerald in the upcoming film, Genius, which will be released in July. His cult film, Memento, celebrated its 15th anniversary on March 16.

Guy Pearce and Carice van Houten pregnant
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Reps for both confirmed the news to PEOPLE.

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lsa on

when’s the wedding?

Diane McGill on

I remember reading years ago that he and his wife never wanted kids. I wonder if he’s happy about this pregnancy.

kelly on

Yeah diane, he said he never wanted kids.I don’t like him anyway. Good luck with that child support.

lottevlootman on

@Isa: You do know this is 2016 right, not 1956?

Dottie on

That’s why I wish celebrities would refrain from speaking about their relationships because the past is ever ready to bite them in the tush. Even if he’s really had a change of heart about having children, I would still be hurt if I was the ex. But then again, no one really knows what goes on in a relationship except those involved. Thus, IMHO: zip it.

sarah on

They didn’t want any kids years ago, maybe they have changed their minds.

Diane McGill on

“They”? You mean “he” because this is a different woman.

lala on

“Dutch actress Houten, who portrays Melisandre in the hit HBO series(…)”

No no no no no. You cannot just drop the Van. It should be “Dutch actress Van Houten blablabla.”

Angela on

I have never heard their names before, congrats anyway.

PrinccesssssKate on

I love guy. Enjoy your little shadow guys