Russell Brand, Baby Book

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Russell Brand is getting ready for the most important and most fulfilling role of his life, with the help of his mother.

The 41-year-old comedian and Saving Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek actor confirmed on Instagram Friday what was reported a couple of months ago—that he's soon going to become a father. Several news outlets had said his girlfriend Laura Gallacher is pregnant with their first child.

"Right then. My Mum bought me this. Time to get ready! #trewlit #bookstagram #parenting," Brand posted, alongside a hilarious photo of him holding up Dean Beaumont's The Expectant Dad's Handbook, with a wide-eyed expression painted on his face.

Russell Brand, Laura Gallacher

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Gallacher has not commented publicly. She is believed to be in her third trimester, according to The Sun. The U.K. newspaper reported in May the two dated on and off for years and have been "living as a couple for the last six months" and "are thrilled to bits at the prospect of becoming parents."

On June 27, The Sun said Brand and Gallacher have gotten engaged and shared the news with a small group of family and friends at a "hippy-style" gathering at their house. The couple has not commented. A day earlier, her sister Kirsty Gallacher, a TV host, posted on her Instagram page a photo of the two siblings wearing flower crowns, saying, "Congratulations to my gorgeous sister."

The Sun quoted a source as saying, "Russell didn't want a big fuss this time after his very public relationship with Katy."

Brand was famously married to singer Katy Perry. They wed in October 2010 and the actor filed for divorce 14 months later.

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