On-screen (or on the field), these men might have us mesmerised with charming grins and irresistable smoulders, but back home they’re the warm, affectionate heroes of their children. Few things are as heartwarming as watching your favourite celebrity become the mushy kind of adorable, so we’ve gathered a list of our favourite famous fathers right here, to give you your daily dose of aww.
Those who followed David Beckham’s legendary football career in the past may know him for his athletic prowess—as well as good looks—but at home he’s a doting father of four. David and Victoria are often seen spending time with their four children Brooklyn, Romeo, Harper and Cruz. As one of many expressions of his love for his kids, the star footballer their names tattooed on his back. And don't think love is a one way street; the kids have also picked up a lot of their father's traits. All his sons have played football in the Arsenal Academy and Brooklyn and Romeo, clearly inheriting daddy's dashing looks, have taken on modelling and made it on GQ's list of best dressed British men too.
A Hollywood icon and one of the most sexy men in British culture, Orlando Bloom is full of doting warmth when with his son Flynn Christopher Bloom. Though he and Victoria’s Secret Angel Miranda Kerr split up back in 2013, they remain on good terms and Orlando doesn’t let the separation prevent him have proper quality time with his adorable son. Here’s a throwback to when he was spotted strolling the streets, giving his kiddy a piggy-ride.
From the intellectually alluring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Strange to the frightfully cunning dragon Smaug in The Hobbit, Benedict carries out all his roles with such nuanced skill and on-screen depth that we can't help but fall in love. Strangely enough, the fact that Cumberbatch is happily married to theatre and opera director Sophie Hunter and have two kids Christopher and Hal with her only makes us swoon more. The youngest one, Hal’s name is a reference to Shakespeare's nickname for the young Henry V. Such a Cumberbatch thing to do.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
The fact that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka’s twins are two of the happiest and most loved kids in the world is no secret. Despite juggling a constantly tight schedule and odd working hours, Neil Patrick Harris doesn’t let his acting career get in the way of spending quality time with his kids, from family Halloween dress-up sessions to highkey showing them off on his Instagram account. With two incredibly charming and the laugh-out-loud kind of entertaining dads, the Burtka-Harris twins Harper and Gideon are rarely seen without their smiles.
And then you have probably the most adorable dad of all time: Chris Hemsworth. He plays the almighty God of Thunder, Thor, on the big screens, but at home he’s the lovingly playful father of three, and no amount of godly responsibilities will ever get in the way of that. As we aww in unison over Instagram videos of him teaching his daughter to surf or playing with his kids on the playground, it’s difficult for our hearts not to melt. India Rose, Tristan and Sasha are so lucky.