Chad Lowe's Girlfriend Is Expecting

01/29/2009 at 01:10 PM EST

Chad Lowe's Girlfriend Is Expecting
Chad Lowe and Kim Painter
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Emmy winning actor Chad Lowe is about to embrace a new role: Dad.

Lowe, who split from ex wife Hilary Swank in 2007, will welcome a baby with producer Kim Painter in early summer, his rep said in a statement, adding "The couple is overjoyed and could not be happier."

Last year, Lowe told PEOPLE that his relationship with Painter and his gig on 24 helped him get through "a very dark period" after his split from Swank.
– Rennie Dyball

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