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These family men are flying the flag for Great British fatherhood

Posted: 14 June 2012
by Junior

The Hollywood hunk
Orlando Bloom
Voted Most Stylish Celebrity Father last year, Bloom and his model wife, Miranda Kerr, make stunning parents to one-year-old Flynn. More than just a pretty face, however, Bloom is also Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, a Buddhist and an environmental campaigner. 

The smooth operator
Daniel Craig
Could there be anything more cool than calling this incarnation of the British super-spy your father (though maybe Sean Connery, in this heyday, might come close)? The actor has a 19-year-old daughter and is stepfather to new wife Rachel Weisz’s four-year-old  son, Henry – who’ll surely love to play with the latest Bond gadgets.

The divisive darling
Damien Hirst 
Has fatherhood – he is daddy to Connor, 17, Cassius, 12, and Cyrus Joe, seven –  managed to tame the Brit Art enfant terrible? Nah, of course not, but as the UK’s richest living artist – he is said to have amassed a fortune worth a mere £200 million during his 21-year career – at least he’ll be leaving his sons a handsome legacy. 

The Modfather
Paul Weller
Despite the well-dodgy haircut of this ageing rocker, the former Parka-parading Jam star recently became a father of twins, naming them after British rock ’n’ roll royalty, Bowie and John Paul (a nod to the Beatles, not the Pope), and bringing his tally of offspring to a magnificent seven. What’s more, two of his children, Leah, 21, and Stevie Mac, six, provide vocals on the ballad Be Happy Children on his new album, a tribute to the singer’s late father.

The cheeky chappy
James Cordon
After a steep ascent to fame playing beer-guzzling Essex wide boy, Smithy, in Gavin And Stacey, it seemed that life was imitating art as Cordon gleefully hit the London party circuit and had rumoured dalliances with a bevy of beauties, including Lily Allen. Since meeting fiancé Julia Carey in 2010 and becoming a father to Max, 12 months, Cordon has become a model of mellow fatherhood and the toast of Broadway to boot, tearfully thanking his “baby mama” after winning a Best Actor Tony for his lauded role in One Man, Two Guvnors

The superstar DJ
Norman Cook
Better known by his alias Fatboy Slim, DJ and record producer Norman Cook was a seminal part of the Nineties ‘big beat’ music scene and even founded the Big Beach Boutique festival in his hometown of Brighton. As parents to Woody, 11 and Nelly, two, Cook and his famous other half Zoe Ball still cut a pretty groovy dash but have cut back on their wild partying ways. These days, they are more likely to be spotted chilling out on the beach, running the Brighton marathon or hunting down new music for their radio presenting gigs. 

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