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Hugh's the daddy as ex has baby girl

ACTOR Hugh Grant is gearing up for the biggest role of his life -- a doting daddy.

The Bridget Jones star has revealed that a old flame of his recently gave birth to a daughter.

The 51-year-old -- who previously dated actress Liz Hurley and Jemima Khan -- has said that Chinese actress Tinglan Hong (32) welcomed a baby girl into the world last month.

Grant, who is famous for his bachelor lifestyle off the screen, is said to be "fully supportive" of Hong and the bundle of joy, even though the pair are no longer an item and the pregnancy was not planned.

"Both Hugh and Ting are thrilled and utterly besotted with their little girl," a pal close to the Hollywood heartthrob said.

"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 new mum have discussed everything and are on friendly terms," a source added.

According to insiders, Grant -- who was not believed to be present at the birth -- has agreed to financially support the child and is embracing the newfound challenge of fatherhood.

The daughter, whose name is not yet known, was born on September 26, at London Central's Portland Hospital.

Hugh and Tinglan's romance began in January of this year, when onlookers first spotted them getting cosy in a Fulham pub, and were also seen dining at a Vietnamese restaurant close to the Four Weddings And A Funeral actor's lavish €4m pad.

The relationship ended a few months later, but multi-millionaire Grant -- who is worth a whopping €47m -- kept in touch with the beauty, before she announced her pregnancy.

The actor confessed last year: "Everyone asks me whether I'm going to have children ... I think it's a good idea and part of life, I definitely should have it," he said, adding that he does not want to end up alone.

Grant has enjoyed a number of high-profile relationships -- namely with model and actress Liz Hurley.

The couple dated for 13 years but split in 2000 following Hugh's cheating scandal with a LA-based prostitute Divine Brown.