While his character on “Penny Dreadful” may only be able to dream about a normal family life, in reality Josh Hartnett has kind of the perfect life. The actor and his longtime girlfriend, Tasmin Egerton, who’s also a performer, have confirmed to E! Online that they have just had their first child in London. The couple did not specify the gender or the name of the baby yet, just that everyone is happy and doing well.
It’s another low key announcement for the star, who has been pretty private about his personal life. Even his relationship with Egerton, which began when they costarred on “The Lovers,” a romance that spanned two time periods and several continents, has barely made any news. Even though Hartnett and Egerton met back in 2010 when “The Lovers” was filmed, it took until 2013 for them to officially confirm that they were in a relationship.
Earlier in 2015, Hartnett shared with USA Today that he purposefully tries to keep his private life quiet, ever since he first became a star as a young actor. “I think if you spend too much time courting people’s attention into your personal life, you lose your ownership of it,” he explained. “That’s why I make sure my life is my own. I was not a dumb kid. I was a little bit wary of this business. I saw what it could do to people pretty quickly.”
So it might be some time before the Hartnett-Egertons are ready to share more details about their newborn child.