The former The O.C. star had not even confirmed reports he was dating his Gotham castmate before Baccarin broke the baby news during a custody session over her one-year-old son in court on Thursday (24Sep15).

The actress requested full custody of her kid with estranged husband Austin Chick because she feared she soon wouldn't be able to travel from her adopted New York to Los Angeles, where Chick lives, to honour the existing custody arrangement - because she wouldn't be able to fly.

A judge agreed to a new custody set-up, and now Morena's former partner will have to fly to the Big Apple to spend time with his son.

MCKenzie's representative confirmed he is set to become a first-time dad on Thursday, and on Friday (25Sep15), the actor retweeted a message from his sister Camille, which read: "Couldn't be happier for @ben_mckenzie and @missmorenab. Welcome to the family, Morena! Also... I'M GONNA BE AN AUNT."