December 24, 2015 01:45 PM

Eddie Redmayne is going to be a father — news that puts the cherry on top of an amazing year.

Although the Oscar winner and his wife Hannah have not announced the news themselves, a source close to Hannah confirmed to PEOPLE that the couple is expecting their first child.

The pair married last year and recently celebrated their anniversary. The Danish Girl actor spoke about married life in the new issue of PEOPLE.

“It’s been extraordinary. It’s been the most wonderful whirlwind,” Redmayne, 33, said. “I think saint might be the word. She is an absolute saint. And it’s a ride for both of us. It’s wonderful doing it with someone you love because you also have a second eye on it all.”

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Redmayne also opened up about his plans to take some time off once he’s done filming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; a decision that makes perfect sense with a baby some time next year.

“The plan is, after Fantastic Beasts ends in a couple of months’ time, to take a little time off and try to take it all in,” he said.

— Julie Jordan and Naja Rayne

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