Natalie Portman welcomes 2nd child, a daughter

Hollywood star Natalie Portman missed the Oscars ceremony after giving birth to her second child last week.

The 35-year-old actress and husband Benjamin Millepied welcomed daughter Amalia on 22 February, her publicist confirmed.

The Black Swan star, who keeps a low public profile, has said she would not be attending the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday, where she was nominated in the lead actress category for her performance in Jackie.

A statement from her publicist said: "Natalie Portman and her husband Benjamin Millepied welcomed a baby girl, Amalia Millepied, on Feb 22.