'Harry Potter' star Scarlett Byrne welcomes first child with Playboy heir Cooper Hefner

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12:  Cooper Hefner and fiance Scarlett Byrne arrive at Playboy Club New York Grand Opening on September 12, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
Cooper Hefner and Harry Potter star Scarlett Byrne have welcomed their first child. (Getty Images)

Harry Potter actress Scarlett Byrne and Playboy heir Cooper Hefner have become parents to a baby girl.

The 29-year-old actress – who played Slytherin student Pansy Parkinson in the Harry Potter movies – and the 28-year-old son of the late Hugh Hefner have welcomed their first child together.

Hefner wrote on Instagram: “At 5:23pm this afternoon Scarlett and I welcomed our daughter Betsy Rose Hefner into the world. We are overwhelmed with gratitude, love and joy.”

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He shared pictures of the new baby and a video of Byrne, who was wearing a face mask pulled down, sharing a proud kiss.

The couple were flooded with messages of congratulations from the celebrity friends.

Byrne’s Harry Potter co-star Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the film franchise, commented: “Oh my goodness she’s perfecccct!!! congratulations!!!.”

Hefner and Byrne – who have been dating since August 2015 – tied the knot at a registry office in Ventura, California in November 2019. Byrne posed nude for Playboy magazine in February 2017.

They announced they were expecting their first child in March.

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Byrne wrote on social media: “Cooper and I are delighted to share that we have a little one on the way. Our hearts are filled with gratitude and joy, and the two of us can’t wait to meet the newest little Hefner.”

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Cooper is the youngest of the late Hugh Hefner’s four children. He has a brother Marston, who is just one year older than him, who the Playboy mogul fathered with second wife Kimberley Conrad.

Scarlett Byrne in 'Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince'. (Warner Bros.)
Scarlett Byrne as Pansy Parkinson in 'Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince'. (Warner Bros.)

He also has a half-sister Christie, 66, and 64-year-old half-brother David, who Hef had with his first wife Millie Williams.

Cooper is a businessman and was previously the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises. In July he announced he is running as a Democrat for the California Senate.

Hugh Hefner died in 2017 aged 91, leaving behind an estimated $50m fortune and a business empire based around the Playboy brand.

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