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Monday, 16 October, 2000, 14:25 GMT 15:25 UK
Winslet shows off Mia
Kate Winslet and Jim Threapleton
Proud parents: Winslet and Threapleton married in 1998
Actress Kate Winslet has released the first picture of her baby Mia, who was born on Thursday.

The 25-year-old Titanic star and her director husband Jim Threapleton, 26, were due to leave hospital on Monday with Mia, who weighed 8lb 9oz when she was born at a London hospital.

Winslet's New York-based agent Robert Garlock said they had ruled out a list of names before deciding on Mia, which comes from the Italian word meaning "mine".

Kate Winslet and Jim Threapleton with daughter Mia
The name Mia seemed "just right"
"Kate and Jim had drawn up a list of 10 names, but when the baby was born none of them seemed right," he said.

"Then Mia came to them, and it seemed just right. There is no family significance, they just thought it was a really beautiful name."

On Monday, Winslet's parents Roger and Sally said they were thrilled with news of their first grandchild.

"We are naturally over the moon about it," Roger said.

"The first grandchild is always very special and she is really beautiful."

They are due a second grandchild soon, as their youngest daughter Beth is also expecting a child.

Career break

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

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.

She worked almost 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.

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

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