Belfast Telegraph

Bradley Cooper's dad dream

Bradley Cooper wants to make his late father "proud" by becoming a dad.

The 38-year-old actor lost his dad Charles two years ago after the 71-year-old battled a long illness.

Bradley has been dating British model Suki Waterhouse since February this year and is already looking to the future.

"I would love to be a father! And I know my own dad would have been very proud of me if I start a family," Bradley told British magazine Look. "Raising me and my sister Holly was his greatest joy in life and I know that's my next step."

While he is content in a relationship Bradley still appreciates his own company. The handsome star stopped drinking ten years ago after realising he was getting "out of control" and is now grateful for the quiet periods in his life.

"There are times when I need to be alone. At university I found myself spending more time reading and being by myself. Then I went through my wilder period, where I was partying a lot with friends," he recalled. "But in recent years I've really valued times when I can get away from everything and be very solitary - I don't even answer emails or phone calls."

Bradley had his breakthrough role in 2009 movie The Hangover and has since gone on to star in hit movies such as Silver Linings Playbook and The Place Beyond the Pines.

Despite his fame Bradley strives to remain modest.

"I know how fortunate I've been. I just had to keep working and believing in myself, and see where that would lead me," he explained. "I'm also not the type of person who lets himself get carried away with attention and awards. I love travelling and studying other cultures because that's the kind of experience that gives a person a more interesting perspective on the world."

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