Javier Bardem is to become a father.

The Spanish actor's wife Penelope Cruz released a statement through her spokesperson confirming she is expecting their first child.

The 36-year-old beauty was photographed recently with what seemed to be a baby bump while shooting scenes for 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' and it has now been revealed that she is four-and-a-half months pregnant.

The couple have been notoriously private about their personal life, marrying in a secret ceremony in the Bahamas in early July after dating for almost four years.

After first meeting while shooting 'Jamon, Jamon' in 1992, the couple started dating in 2007 before starring alongside each other again in Woody Allen's 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' in 2008.

Penelope has previously spoken of her desire to have children with 41-year-old Javier.

She said: "I'd love to have kids. Maybe I'll adopt about 20 children - that's been my dream since I was a little girl. I want to have my own kids, but also adopt. For a while I've had The Feeling that my life won't be complete if I don't adopt.

"I think I would be a perfect mother. I love babies."