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Sunday, 15 October, 2000, 20:45 GMT 21:45 UK
Kate Winslet names baby Mia
Kate Winslet and Jim Threapleton
Winslet and Threapleton celebrate their first child
Actress Kate Winslet has named her new baby girl Mia.

The 25-year-old Titanic star and her director husband Jim Threapleton, 26, ruled out a list of names before deciding on Mia, which comes from the Italian word meaning "mine".

The baby weighed 8lb 9oz after she was born at an undisclosed London hospital at 0540BST on Thursday, said Winslet's New York-based agent Robert Garlock.

"Kate and Jim had drawn up a list of 10 names, but when the baby was born none of them seemed right," said Mr Garlock.

"Then Mia came to them, and it seemed just right.

"There is no family significance, they just thought it was a really beautiful name."

Large family plans

The couple are still caring for the baby in hospital, but are due to return home on Monday.

"Kate said Mia was absolutely gorgeous and that they are all doing very well," said Mr Garlock.
Winslet in Hideous Kinky
Winslet met Threapleton on the set of Hideous Kinky

Winslet said she was looking forward to taking a seven-month career break to be with her daughter.

She married her husband two years ago after meeting during the filming of Hideous Kinky in Morocco in 1997.

She was the star and he an assistant director.

In an interview before the pregnancy was announced Winslet said that she considered a happy - and large - family more important than stardom or professional success.

Busy pregnancy

The actress, who has also starred in Holy Smoke and Sense and Sensibility, kept herself busy right up until the birth.

Five months into her pregnancy she filmed war drama Enigma, based on a best-selling Second World War story by Robert Harris.

During the summer, she was busy house-hunting, buying a 200,000 home in Cornwall and an old pump house overlooking the Thames in London.

The new parents will be keeping busy in the film world with their new production company Telltale Films which aims to develop and produce UK and European-based films.

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