Celebrity Parents Baby on the Way for 'Moonlight' 's Mahershala Ali Moonlight star Mahershala Ali and his wife Amatus Sami-Karim are expecting their first child, the actor announced on Instagram Thursday night By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE since 2016. People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 2, 2016 12:30 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty 2017 could be Mahershala Ali‘s year to take home an Academy Award and a baby! The Moonlight Oscar-nominee hopeful shared Thursday evening that he and his wife are going to be parents for the first time via a sweet black-and-white photo on his Instagram account. “Amatus~Sami,” wrote the actor, 42 — a reference to his wife Amatus Sami-Karim, who is pictured next to Ali, with her hand over her belly. Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Babies newsletter. Ali and Sami-Karim tied the knot in 2013, after knowing each other for almost 20 years. “I know she’s a serious person,” the actor confessed on the podcast Death, Sex and Money in March. “She’s extraordinarily intelligent, she’s about the right things, spiritually grounded, a beautiful person.” https://www.instagram.com/p/BM9XUqRDJMl/ This will be the first child for singer and artist Sami-Karim and Ali, who is also known for his Emmy-nominated role as Remy Danton on House of Cards and Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes on Marvel’s Luke Cage. He has appeared in a number of series throughout the 2000s and 2010s, including The 4400, Treme and Crossing Jordan. The couple’s newest addition will join their cat, Nas — named after the hip-hop artist.