Actors Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater have announced they are expecting their first child together. Rabe, 34, and Linklater, 40, have been together for several years, and Rabe showed off her bump at the recent Kennedy Center Honors, during which she paid tribute to friend and Merchant of Venice co-star Al Pacino.
First cast opposite each other in the Public Theater’s 2010 The Merchant of Venice (the same one starring Pacino) as part of Shakespeare in the Park, Rabe and Linklater have become known for their interpretation of The Bard’s work. (Linklater earned a Drama Desk nomination that same year for his work in Twelfth Night.) Opting for more contemporary work in 2011, they both starred in Seminar on Broadway. Rabe took on Rosalind in 2012’s As You Like It, and Linklater tackled one twin pair in A Comedy of Errors with Jesse Tyler Ferguson in 2013—for which he earned a second Drama Desk nomination. In 2014 they reunited for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and again in 2015 for Cymbeline.
They have also made their marks on screen, Rabe in American Horror Story and Linklater in The New Adventures of Old Christine opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus and on Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom.
Rabe is a two-time Drama Desk nominee, for her work in Steel Magnolias and The Merchant of Venice, and a Tony nominee for the Broadway transfer of the latter.
Linklater, who was previously married to screenwriter Jessica Goldberg, has a nine-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Lucinda Rose. The couple has not announced a due date for their impending arrival.