John Travolta and Kelly Preston have welcomed their third child into the world.

The 48-year-old actress gave birth to son Benjamin yesterday (23.11.10) in a Florida hospital and both mother and baby - who weighed in at 8lbs 3oz - are doing well.

A spokesman for the couple - who also have a 10-year-old daughter, Ella Bleu, together - said: "John, Kelly and their daughter Ella Bleu are ecstatic and very happy about the newest member of the family. Both mother and baby are healthy and doing beautifully."

Kelly and John announced the pregnancy in May, saying: "It's impossible to keep a secret...especially one as wonderful as this. We want to be the first to share this great news with everyone that we are expecting a new addition to our family."

Friends then called the new addition to the Travolta family a "healing baby" after the couple's 16-year-old son Jett died almost two years ago when he suffered a seizure during a family holiday to the Bahamas.

John has since described the moment they found out she was expecting another baby as "a miracle".

The 56-year-old actor explained: "We tried for several years, and we didn't think it was going to happen for us.

"This is a miracle, and we feel blessed and we are so moved by the generous outpouring of support and goodwill we've received from people all over the world."