"I like my daughter very much" ... Hugh Grant.

"I like my daughter very much" ... Hugh Grant. Photo: Ben Rushton

Hugh Grant has opened up about becoming a father for the first time, saying he feels a better person now he's a dad.

The British actor hit headlines in November last year when he revealed he had a one-month old daughter following a "fleeting affair" with former model Tinglan Hong.

Grant has remained silent about his child and the relationship, but he's revealed all about how fatherhood has affected him in an interview with Britain's Guardian Weekend magazine.

He says his little girl is called Tabitha and admits to feelling emotional about the experience.

"I did feel a little lumpy (emotional) when I first met my daughter, yeah. Lots of people said, 'Never let anyone know, but the baby period is not that exciting.' But I am excited, actually.

"I thought, well, I'll bluff through - but very little bluffing has been required. I like my daughter very much. Fantastic.

"Has she changed my life? I'm not sure. Not yet. Not massively, no. But I'm absolutely thrilled to have had her, I really am. And I feel a better person," Grant says.

Grant is keen to instil a sense of discipline in his daughter at a young age, adding: "There's a lot of over-parenting, to my eye, anyway. I do think discipline's important.

"I'm very glad that I had quite a strict mother who was big on discipline, because you really cannot get anything done in life if there's too much, 'Oh, well, if you don't feel like it, don't do it, just express yourself,' I'm not really very big on that."

And the 51-year-old is adamant he will not be leaving his fortune to Tabitha, as he wants her to learn the value of money the hard way.

"My other worry is about - and as I say, there are few things in life I believe in 100 per cent - but another one is not giving your children money. I see nothing but f**k-ups among my trust-fund friends. It's like 99 per cent f**k-ups. So I would not want to do that to my children, no," Grant adds.

Tabitha, who lives mainly with her mother, also has a Chinese name, and Grant is planning to learn the language to help his daughter become bilingual.

"I haven't given it the attention it needs yet. I do know some disgusting Chinese words. They're not entirely appropriate for baby rearing," he says.

But even more disgusting is a problem that's been dogging the actor's doorstep.

Grant says he is being plagued by a daily dollop of dog poo left outside his door and is now trying to find the culprit.

In an interview on The Graham Norton Show, Grant suggested it may be retribution for his campaign to clean up the activities of the press.

"I have become more obsessed about finding out who that is than smashing the worst parts of the press," he says.

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