Hugh Grant is a daddy

Hugh Grant has become a dad for the first time at the age of 51, it has been revealed.

The actor secretly welcomed a baby girl into the world over a month ago.

The mother is believed to be Tinglan Hong, 32, a Chinese neighbour of Grant in West London, UK.

His spokeswoman said: “I can confirm Hugh is the delighted father of a baby girl.

“He and the mother had a fleeting affair and while this was not planned Hugh could not be happier or more supportive. He and the mother are on very friendly terms.”

It was reported that Tinglan had a Caesarean birth at London’s Portland Hospital on September 26 2011.

It is thought Hugh was not present but that he spent half an hour there the next day before jetting off on a golf trip to Scotland.

Bachelor Hugh and Tinglan were spotted on dates earlier this year and were seen kissing in a local pub in January.

Their relationship is said to have fallen apart after she became pregnant. Speculation was rife in April that Tinglan was expecting after she was snapped with a bump.

She and Grant were seen “discussing something very important” at a nearby Vietnamese cocktail bar.

Last year, the About A Boy actor admitted that when he turned 50 he should settle down and would like children.

Hugh, worth an estimated £40 million (AUD $62 million), split from heiress Jemima Khan in 2007 after three years.

His 13-year relationship with actress Liz Hurley ended in 2000.

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