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Katie Lowes is a first-time mother

Scandal star Katie Lowes has welcomed her first child.

The 36-year-old actress shared the first picture of Albee, her first child with actor husband Adam Shapiro, on social media on Thursday (05Oct17), the day that her hit TV show airs in America.

Alongside the snap, which showed Albee's feet, a bowl of popcorn, a bottle teat, a drill and a phone bearing the words "Scandal, the final season", Katie wrote: "Baby’s‪ ‬first #Scandal Thursday‪! @shappyshaps and‪ ‬I‪ ‬are thrilled to welcome Albee Shapiro to our family! We’re happy & healthy! #BabyGladiator."

Katie's Scandal co-stars were quick to offer their congratulations to the new parents, with Kerry Washington sharing Katie's tweet and writing: "THIS. IS. EVERYTHING."

Cornelius Smith Jr., who plays Marcus Walker on the show, wrote: "Y'all help us welcome the newest member of our #Scandal fam!" alongside clapping emojis.

Meanwhile, Joe Morton, who plays Kerry's character Olivia Pope's father in the program, tweeted that Scandal creator Shonda Rimes should pay tribute to the baby in her own special way.

"#ShondaLand and the #Scandal family should compose a lullaby for Albee called 'About the Baby.' #EdwardAlbee," he wrote.

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