OSCAR-winning actor Russell Crowe's wife Danielle Spencer has given birth to the couple's first child together.

The happy couple welcomed baby CHARLES SPENCER CROWE into the world late last night (21DEC03) at the ROYAL NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL in Sydney, Australia - the tot weighed in at a healthy 3.85 kilograms (six pounds and two ounces).

The GLADIATOR star's publicist Wendy Day told reporters, "He's a healthy, bouncing baby boy."

Crowe and Spencer wed in April (03) at the actor's ranch near the Australian coastal town of Coffs Harbour.

22/12/2003 14:13