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Thursday 19 October 2017

Parents-to-be Chris and Dawn prepare for shock of an imminent arrival . . . with an earthquake kit

PARENTS-to-be Chris O'Dowd and Dawn O'Porter are throwing themselves into preparing for their baby's arrival.

The Roscommon funnyman and his other half decided to reveal to the world - through an ice bucket challenge video for charity, posted on his Twitter page - that author Dawn will soon give birth to their first child

Now that the news is out, the loved-up couple are having a blast preparing their pad for the patter of tiny feet.

Bridesmaids star Chris and Dawn were spotted out in Los Angeles at the weekend, and before enjoying a lunch date they indulged in some retail therapy.

Busted

They were pictured browsing in several furniture stores in Hollywood and also popped in to Home Depot where they picked up an earthquake preparedness kit.

Moone Boy creator Chris (34) and Dawn (35) married in August 2012 after meeting at her 30th birthday party.

Instead of becoming Dawn O'Dowd, she added the O' to her surname.

The pair bought a house in LA in July last year and split their time between there and the UK.

Last week Chris completed the Ice Bucket charity challenge, which has gone viral online in recent weeks, and turned to Dawn as he nominated "Baby O'Porter" to get dunked next.

"Thought we'd better mention it before I got O'Busted," Dawn joked.

It is not known how far along Dawn is in her pregnancy, but no doubt Chris will be taking time off to adapt to life as a father.

He has already had blockbuster success in America with a string of big-budget productions under his belt.

His independent feature Calvary is currently being hailed a hit overseas.

The John Michael McDonagh project brought in €54,000 - an average of €13,000 from four cinemas - in its opening weekend in US cinemas, and this month will be rolled out in an additional 35 screens across the country as well as expanding to eight further markets.

classic

In July, Chris completed his Broadway debut in New York, appearing in John Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men opposite James Franco, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton at the Longacre Theatre.

The former UCD student played Lennie in the latest staging of the Depression-era book for three months.

Chris is next due to star in St Vincent alongside Bill Murray.

"It's really a movie about Bill Murray. Bill is like a big part of it," he said.

"It's about a guy who befriends a latchkey kid and he shows him the ways of the world.

"It's kind of like Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - but for drink, not chocolate."

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