'He's a little legend': Billie Piper and Laurence Fox name their new son Eugene Pip
12:04 GMT, 12 April 2012
Billie Piper and Laurence Fox have revealed they have have named their newborn son Eugene Pip Fox.
The Lewis actor, 33, excitedly revealed their one-week-old baby's name on his Twitter account.
And he gave a sneak peek at some of their new arrival as he tweeted photos of Eugene's little feet and hands.
Happy news: Billie Piper and Laurence Fox welcomed their second son Eugene Pip last Thursday
Former Doctor Who star Billie, 29, gave birth to a sibling for their three-year-old son Winston last Thursday.
Following Eugene's birth, Laurence
tweeted: 'One born every minute. We had our minute today. Couldn't be
happier. Beautiful boy. Everything fine.'
Just like Winston, the couple have opted for a traditional name for their second son. Eugene, which has Greek origins, means 'well-born' or 'noble'.
Perhaps Billie was inspired after co-starring alongside actor Eugene Washington in an episode of Doctor Who in 2006.
Tiny toes: Proud Laurence tweeted a photo of Eugene's little feet on his Twitter page
Tiny: Young Eugene Pip is only a week old today
And his middle name Pip perhaps alludes
to the lead character in the Charles Dickins' novel Great Expectations,
which Laurence previously recorded a reading of for a Classic FM podcast.
A friend said: 'Mother and baby are doing extremely well. Billie and Laurence are thrilled to bits.'
Billie's pregnancy was even written into her latest theatre role in Neil LaBute’s play Reasons To Be Pretty.
Michael Attenborough, who directed the production, said Billie had ‘very generously offered to withdraw’ from the show after discovering she was expecting.
True blue: Heavily pregnant Billie was seen making a dash for it as she left a hair salon last month
But he added: 'Billie
was Neil LaBute’s and my first choice for the part – and fortunately
the character is pregnant – so with a bit of judicious re-writing we’re
all delighted she’ll be with us.
‘I told her that I’d love her to do it and she just wept on my shoulder. She thought that was it. She was thrilled.'
Shortly after Winston's birth in 2008, Billie revealed she was keen to have more children with Laurence.
She said: 'I used to want a big family, but now I am wondering if it would be OK if Winston was an only child!
'Seriously, I would like to have three children. I’m thinking of having two close together and leaving it a while, then having another.'
In 2009, she admitted she had been stunned by how exhausting motherhood was.
She said: 'I had absolutely no idea how tiring being a mum was – or how hard mums have to work.
'I have worked some sh**ty hours in my life, but these are the toughest I’ve ever had.'
But she admitted motherhood has been
her greatest experience: 'That feeling of unconditional love. I used to
think it was so cheesy when people said that before, but it’s something I
finally understand. The smiling… it’s amazing.'
Ready for baby: Laurence tweeted a photo of his heavily pregnant wife three weeks ago
Meanwhile, Laurence said in a recent interview that becoming father to Winston made him a better actor.
told the Daily Telegraph: 'Becoming a parent gives you access to a
whole world of feeling. It gives you a much stronger sense of life and
death: becoming a father made me realise my own mortality.'
Laurence and Billie married in West Sussex in December 2007 following a whirlwind one year courtship after meeting while starring in West End play Treats.
Ex-pop star Billie was previously married to TV/radio presenter Chris Evans from 2001 until 2004.
Whirlwind romance: The couple married in West Sussex in December 2007 after a one year courtship