Nicole Kidman has reportedly told friends and family that she and husband Keith Urban are expecting their first child together.

According to the Daily Mail, the Sydney-based couple made the announcement to their families and other close friends over the Christmas holiday.

A source revealed: “Nicole’s openly admitted she longs to have a baby with Keith and was delighted to be able to announce the news this week.”

The baby is expected to be born next summer, which won’t be a problem for Nicole as she had planned to “spend as much time as possible” with Keith in 2008, with no film work planned after she completes production of The Reader in Germany next month.

However, her spokesperson refused to confirm the baby news when asked about it yesterday, saying: “As far as we’re concerned it is another rumour.”

Nicole has two teenage children - Bella and Connor - from her previous marriage to Tom Cruise and earlier this year confirmed rumours that she had suffered both an ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage during the relationship.