Rowan Atkinson is to become a father for the third time.

Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson

The 62-year-old comic - who already has son Ben, 23, and 21-year-old daughter Lily from his marriage to Sunetra Sastry - is expecting his first child with partner Louise Ford.

The 33-year-old actress - who has been dating Rowan since 2014 - is said to be due to give birth in the next few weeks and the pair "can't wait".

A source told the Sunday People newspaper: "Rowan and Louise are over the moon and can't wait for their new arrival. It's a very happy time for them both."

Rowan first met 'The Windsors' star in 2012 when they starred together in West End production 'Quartermaine's Terms' and they began dating after his 25-year marriage came to an end.

And it was previously claimed Sunetra - who cited irreconcilable differences when she filed for divorce -

wasn't happy when she learned her former spouse had moved on with someone so much younger.

A source previously said: "Sunetra was deeply upset to be replaced by such a younger woman."

The former couple were planning to build an $16.6 million home in Oxfordshire when they split, and Sunetra has since moved to a London mansion while Rowan has his own base in the UK capital with Louise.

Meanwhile, the 'Maigret' actor has previously admitted he feels a "certain kinship" with the single and lonely characters he is known for playing on screen.

He previously said: "I've played quite a few of these sad, isolated bachelor figures - Bean is the most obvious. And I do identify with them, or aspects of them."

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