Cate Blanchett has confirmed she is pregnant.

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The actress, who sparked rumours she was expecting her third child with husband Andrew Upton last month, admits she is thrilled to be with child again.

Speaking at the Sydney premiere of her latest film Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Cate said on Saturday (03.11.07): “Yes, yes, we’re expecting a baby in April, which is very exciting.”

Cate said she does not know whether she is expecting a boy or girl yet.

The 38-year-old Australian star and her playwright husband already have two sons, five-year-old Dashiell and Roman, three.

Cate first sparked pregnancy rumours after she was photographed sporting what has now been proved to be a baby bump while leaving New York’s Guggenheim Museum on 27 October.

Cate then kept her stomach hidden under a spectacular sequined dress at the UK premiere of Elizabeth: The Golden Age at the London Film Festival On 23 October.

The actress’ pregnancy news comes as she and her spouse prepare to begin their three-year residence as joint artist directors of the Sydney Theatre Company in January.