MATT LeBLANC has a great distraction to console himself with since the demise of FRIENDS - a baby daughter.

LeBlanc and wife MELISSA welcomed MARINA into the world on 8 February (04). The little girl weighed seven pounds, one ounce (3.21 kilograms).

The couple married in Hawaii last May (03) after a five-year engagement. Melissa has two children from her first marriage to rocker ANTHONY ESPOSITO.

LeBlanc is the second parent in the Friends cast. Lisa Kudrow has a son JULIAN, 5, while Courteney Cox is looking forward to her first child with husband David Arquette later this year (04).

19/02/2004 08:59