Zawe Ashton made her first public appearance since secretly giving birth to her first child as she attended the press night after party for Gone Too Far on Tuesday evening.
The Fresh Meat star, 38, who welcomed a baby with fiancé Tom Hiddleston, 42, last October, looked chic in a leather-look midi dress.
Zawe, who has yet to disclose the name or sex of her child, added a pair of chunky black heels to her look.
She wore her raven tresses in a straightened style and posed with a host of stars at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in London.
They included the play’s writer Bola Agbaje, actor Sope Dirisu and Chief Executive of the National Youth Theatre Paul Roseby.
She’s back: Zawe Ashton made her first public appearance since secretly giving birth to her first child as she attended the press night after party for Gone Too Far on Tuesday evening
Plenty to smile about: The Fresh Meat star, 38, looked chic in a leather-look midi dress (pictured with Chief Executive of the National Youth Theatre Paul Roseby)
The new mother was all smiles as she enjoyed the event and looked positively glowing.
Zawe and Tom first met in 2019 when they played husband and wife in a revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.
It was reported in October 2022 that Tom and Zawe had secretly welcomed their first child together.
A source told US Weekly magazine: ‘Tom and Zawe are loving being new parents and are filled with joy.’
The insider also noted they are ‘having the struggles of new parents and aren’t sleeping much but are thrilled.’
In June 2022, Tom confirmed he was set to wed his actress fiancée, but kept tight-lipped about the romance, simply telling the LA Times: ‘I’m very happy’ and nothing more.
Tom and Zawe set tongues wagging about a possible engagement when they appeared at the BAFTAs last year, after which she was pictured wearing a huge diamond sparkler on her ring finger in a photo shared by host AJ Odudu.
The couple were reportedly congratulated by industry friends at the ceremony – after Zawe hid her hand as she took to the red carpet in a pink cape dress.
Zawe and Tom have worked hard over the years to kept their relationship out of the spotlight.
The couple confirmed their romance during a PDA-filled holiday to Ibiza in September 2021, before making their red carpet debut together at the Tony Awards in New York City.
Hugs: The new mother hugged actor pal Sope Dirisu as they joined a host of others at the star-studded evening
Sources close to the duo said The Night Manager star and the actress are ‘very well suited and enjoy the quieter side of life’.
An insider told The Sun : ‘Tom and Zawe have stayed quiet about their relationship but she has spent the last few weeks with him in the US.
‘They are very well suited and enjoy the quieter side of life away from the glitz and glamour of the showbiz world.’
Tom was also said to be wary of highlighting the romance due to the attention his past relationship with Taylor Swift drew.
A source said: ‘Tom really has fallen for Zawe in a big way. But he is so paranoid about his private life since his relationship with Taylor that he has gone to great lengths to keep this under wraps.’
Tom told the New York Times after his romance with Taylor: ‘Yes, I’m protective about my internal world now in probably a different way. That’s because I didn’t realize it needed protecting before.’
During Tom’s short-lived fling with Taylor the pair didn’t shy away from showing off their romance with lots of public outings.
The couple got together shortly after Taylor’s split from Calvin Harris after first meeting at the Met Gala in May 2016, and during the first few weeks of their romance they travelled around the world together.
They even took the huge step of meeting one another’s parents, with Taylor jetting to the UK to spend time with Tom’s mother in Suffolk, while he went to her adopted home town of Nashville, before calling it quits in late 2016.
Tom also previously dated his Wallander co-star Susannah Fielding, with the pair splitting up in 2011.
Private pair: The actress welcomed a baby with fiancé Tom Hiddleston, 42, last October (pictured together at the BAFTAs in March 2022)