Bryce Dallas Howard has given birth to her second child.

The 'Help' star's father, director Ron Howard, took to twitter to announced Bryce and her husband Seth Gabel - who already have four-year-old son Theo - welcomed daughter Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel on Thursday (19.01.12).

He wrote: "Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel Born Jan 19 2012 8lbs 6oz Bryce & Baby B are spectacular Daddy Seth & brother Theo are beaming ear to ear :-) (sic)"

Bryce's friends and former co-stars were quick to offer their congratulations with 'The Help' star Octavia Spencer writing "Congrats Ron from bryce's help family! :-) (sic)"

Actress Jennifer Connolly wrote "please send Bryce my congrats and well wishes!!! & Congrats to you xo" while director M. Night Shyamalan - who has worked with Bryce on 'The Village' and 'Lady in the Water' joked he is looking forward to casting Beatrice in the future.

He tweeted: "Ron, tell Bryce congratulations from our whole family. I'll be waiting to cast Beatrice in a few years! :-) (sic)"

Bryce's younger sister Paige also tweeted about the latest arrival, writing: "The news is out! Bea is the healthiest, most beautiful little angel-Theo is one VERY good older brother

"Bryce, Seth, and Theo are SOO excited the little one has FINALLY arrived (sic)"