The Walking Dead’s Tom Payne and Wife Jennifer Åkerman Welcome Twins: ‘Entirely Unexpected’ (Exclusive)

The couple is already parents to son Harrison, 2

The Walking Dead’s Tom Payne and Wife Jennifer Åkerman Welcome Twins: ‘Entirely Unexpected’ (Exclusive)

Tom Payne is a dad again!

The Walking Dead star, 41, and wife Jennifer Åkerman, 34, have welcomed twins together, a rep for the couple exclusively confirms to PEOPLE. The couple is already parents to son Harrison, whom they welcomed in January 2022.

“We are overjoyed to share the news that on April 1st, 2024, we welcomed twins into our family! An entirely unexpected and wonderful surprise,” the couple shares in a statement to PEOPLE. “Harrison is over the moon to have not one but two new siblings.”

“Jennifer and I have joked that he had something to do with this because there’s nothing he likes more than a house full of people.”

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Tom Payne and Jennifer Åkerman. AGLAIA KRIZ

In addition to their exciting baby news, Payne and Åkerman are launching a new podcast, California Dreamin’, which premieres this month.

“We’re excited to share our journey (from the moment we found out we were having twins, to their unique birth and beyond) in our new podcast California Dreamin’. We’ll be talking about our life in LA and how we now juggle our careers with three kids!” Payne and Åkerman tell PEOPLE.

In 2022, the couple exchanged vows for the second time in a lavish wedding in New York City. Although they originally planned on getting married in April 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shifted their plans, resulting in them tying the knot in December 2020.

tom payne and jen akerman baby announcementTom Payne and Jen Åkerman’s new podcast.

The couple — who began dating in 2013 and got engaged in 2018 — renewed their vows on Nov. 12 at The Foundry in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York.

The bride’s sister, Malin Åkerman, as well as Tyson Ritter and his actress wife Elena Satine, Bellamy Young, Jamie Chung, Jimmy Akingbola and Henry Conway were among those in attendance.

Payne and Åkerman welcomed Harrison in 2022, sharing the news on Instagram.

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Tom Payne and Jen Åkerman’s baby twins. COURTESY OF JENNIFER AKERMAN

“I can’t believe you’re here. We love you immeasurably and will always be there for you. The next big life adventure starts here! Thank you so much to everyone at Cedars Sinai, our amazing doula Carmen and all of our friends and family for the support. Not forgetting my incredible wife who rocked the whole pregnancy and birth. I love you,” Payne wrote in his caption.

“I can’t believe you are here. Welcome to the world Harrison Magnus Austin Payne,” Akerman echoed in her own post. “We love you so much.”

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