Whale Rider's Keisha Castle-Hughes Expecting

Whale Rider's Keisha Castle-Hughes Expecting
Keisha Castle-Hughes

10/06/2006 AT 08:30 AM EDT

Whale Rider star Keisha Castle-Hughes, 16, and her boyfriend, Bradley Hull, 19, are expecting their first child this spring, her rep tells PEOPLE. The two have been dating for three years.

The actress first made waves playing the fiery Paikea in 2002's Whale Rider – a role for which she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination. At 13, she was the youngest Best Actress nominee in history.

"I thought I was still dreaming," she told PEOPLE about the honor at the time.

Since Whale Rider, Castle-Hughes has taken few roles, though she did play the Queen of Naboo in 2005's Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and will appear as Mary in the upcoming movie The Nativity Story co-starring Shohreh Aghdashloo.

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The Australia-born actress grew up and still lives in New Zealand and – like her character in Whale Rider – is part Maori.

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