The Les Miserables star and her husband Adam Shulman were rumoured to be expecting their first child in November (15) when she was photographed with a small baby bump in Los Angeles.

The couple did not comment on the reports, but Anne has now appeared to confirm the news by posting a picture on of herself posing in a two-piece red bikini on a beach. She is cupping her hands around a large bump.

She writes in the caption, "Happy 2016 to my beautiful Instafriends (sic)!... So, posting a bikini pic is a little out of character for me, but just now while I was at the beach I noticed I was being photographed. I figure if this kind of photo is going to be out in the world it should at least be an image that makes me happy... Wishing you love, light and blessings for the year ahead!... Annie."

Anne and Adam have been married since 2012.

The actress previously described her family goals to Britain's Daily Telegraph, saying, "I'll start with one healthy kid but I'd like to have a few naturally and adopt. I gotta get on it, you know? I'd like to have as many as I can afford, not just financially but in terms of time, because you want to make sure each one feels special."