Harry Potter star Rupert Grint becomes a father

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has welcomed a daughter with his partner Georgia Groome.

The actor, best known for playing Ron Weasley in the wizarding franchise, shared the news on Thursday evening.

Grint becomes the first of the Harry Potter film series' central characters – Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson – to become a parent.

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Actor Rupert Grint who plays the character Ron Weasley, arrives for the world premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone at the Odeon Leicester Square in London.
File photo dated 28/09/17 of Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, who has welcomed a daughter with his partner Georgia Groome.
Rupert Grint attends Apple TV+ premiere of "The Servant" at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York in November 20, 2019. (Photo by Sam Aronov/Pacific Press/Sipa USA)
Rupert Grint at the Bitter Wheat Press Night at the Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
File photo dated 11/11/2010 of (left to right) Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint as Harry Potter actor Radcliffe is the wealthiest British star under 30, according to a new rich list.
ALTERNATE CROP File photo dated 25/06/07 of Rupert Grint (left) and Emma Watson. In an interview with FHM magazine, Grint said he had "no idea" what to do with all the money he has made from his film career but he was coy about rumours of a possible romance with co-star Emma Watson.
En esta foto del 9 de febrero del 2013, el actor Rupert Grint posa con motivo de la presentación delfilme "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman" en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Berlín, en la capital alemana. Grint, quien interpretó a Ron Weasley en las películas de Harry Potter, debutará en Broadway junto a Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham y Megan Mullally en la reposición de la obra de Terrence McNally "It's Only a Play", que se estrena el 9 de octubre del 2014 en el Teatro Gerald Schoenfeld de Nueva York. (AP Foto/Gero Breloer, Archivo)
ARCHIV - Die Schauspieler Daniel Radcliffe, rechts, Emma Watson, Mitte, und Rupert Grint besuchen am 7. Juli 2009 die Weltpremiere des Films 'Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz' in einem Kino am Leicester Square in London. Der Film laeuft ab Donnestag, 16. Juli 2009, in den deutschen Kinos. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan) ** zu unserem KORR ** --- FILE - British actors Daniel Radcliffe, right, Emma Watson, centre and Rupert Grint arrive for the World Premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, at a cinema in Leicester Square, central London, Tuesday, July 7 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Actor Rupert Grint poses at the premiere of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California July 28, 2011. The movie opens in the U.S. on August 5. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Rupert Grint poses at the premiere of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California July 28, 2011. The movie opens in the U.S. on August 5. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Rupert Grint signs autographs as he arrives for the premiere of the film "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" in New York July 11, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Rupert Grint sits on Centre Court for the match between Andy Murray of Britain and Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London June 24, 2011. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY SPORT TENNIS)
Cast members (L-R) Evanna Lynch, Rupert Grint and Bonnie Wright pose at a news conference for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" in Japan November 18, 2010. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Rupert Grint arrives for the UK Premiere of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix at the Odeon Leicester Square, central London.
The cast of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, (left to right) Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe, on the Thames Terrace of County Hall in south London, ahead of the European premiere of the film next week.
(Left to Right) David Bradley, Rupert Grint, Robert Pattinson and Clemence Poesy during the aftershow party for the film 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire', at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London.
Rupert Grint (left) and Robert Pattinson during the aftershow party for the film 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire', at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London.
Rupert Grint arrives at the world premiere of the film 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire', at the Odeon cinema, Leicester Square, central London, Sunday November 6, 2005. See PA story SHOWBIZ Potter. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Photo credit should read: Jane Mingay/PA
Rupert Grint (who plays Ron Weasley) arrives for the World Premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
(L-R) Rupert Grint, J K Rowling, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson arrive for world premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone at the Odeon Leicester Square in London.
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A statement from the couple's publicist said: "Rupert Grint and Georgia Groome are delighted to confirm the birth of their baby girl. We would please ask that you respect their privacy at this very special time."

Grint, 31, and Groome, 28, have been together since 2011. They announced the news that she was pregnant in April.

Grint shot to worldwide fame after starring in Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone in 2001 as Ron, Harry's loyal but accident-prone best friend.

Georgia Groome  (PA)

He played the role in all eight films.

Grint's TV roles include Sky One comedy Sick Note, crime drama Snatch and Agatha Christie adaption The ABC Murders.

Groome is best known for her roles in 2006 crime drama London To Brighton and 2008 comedy Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging.

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