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Surprise! Laura Linney Gives Birth at 49

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Laura Linney pictured in June 2013. (Wire Image)

Actress Laura Linney is playing mom for the first time.

"The Big C" star and her husband, real estate agent Marc Schauer, welcomed a baby boy on Jan. 8, her rep confirms to Yahoo.

The birth is surprising because Linney is a little older than most first-time mothers — and she never announced that she was expecting!

Now that her son has arrived, the little one has been named Bennett Armistead Schauer.

Sounds like a name fit for the PBS series that Linney introduces each week, "Downton Abbey"! However, the middle name is more likely an ode to author Armistead Maupin. The Emmy Award-winning actress starred in the Showtime miniseries based on the writer's "Tales of the City" novels. 

Congrats to Laura and Marc!

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