Bollywood actress and model Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has given birth to her first child.
The L'Oreal spokesmodel, 38, and her actor husband Abhishek Bachchan, 35, welcomed a baby girl in a Mumbai hospital this morning.
Abhishek broke the news on Twitter, exclaiming: “It's a girl.”
Her father-in-law, actor Amitabh Bachchan, 69, also took to the micro-blogging site to share his delight at becoming a grandfather.
Using a Hindi expression to denote paternal grandfather, he said: “I am Dada to the cutest baby girl... ecstatic!”
The former Miss World, one of the few Indian actresses to gain worldwide fame outside the Bollywood world, gave birth at the private Seven Hills hospital.
Already a huge star internationally, Rai married into the Bachchan acting dynasty in 2007.
Prior to her romance with Bachchan, Rai had a high-profile romance with Bollywood bad boy Salman Khan.
Her father-in-law Amitabh is undoubtedly one of the biggest stars in Bollywood and has hosted the Indian versions of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Big Brother.
Rai, once described as the most beautiful woman in the world, started her career as a model in the mid-90s, appearing in advertisements for Pepsi and gracing the cover of Vogue.
In 1994, while studying for a degree in architecture, she won the Miss World pageant, leading her to abandon her studies and spend a year in London.
In 1997, she made her acting debut in political film Iruvar, which kicked off her busy film career.
Although prominently a Bollywood actress, Rai made the crossover to Western films starring alongside Martin Henderson in Bride & Prejudice - inspired by Jane Austen's classic novel Pride & Prejudice - in 2004.
Two years ago, she starred alongside Steve Martin in Pink Panther 2.