Charting the over-50 dads' club, as Michael Sheen announces he's expecting another child

Older celebrity dads include Bruce Willis (left), Mick Jagger (middle) and George Clooney. [Photo: Getty]
Older celebrity dads include Bruce Willis (left), Mick Jagger (middle) and George Clooney. [Photo: Getty]

Michael Sheen has just announced that he is set to welcome a second child.

The 50-year-old British actor took to Twitter to share the happy news that his girlfriend Anna Lundberg, 25, is pregnant.

Of course, Sheen isn’t the only celebrity to join the 50 plus dads’ club.

Sure it might be more common for men of a certain age to be new grandfathers than new dads, but that hasn’t stopped a whole host of celebrity men embracing fatherhood in their 50s, 60s and even 70s.

We have to hand it to them parenting is hard enough, but imagine running around after a lively toddler after retirement?!

Here’s a round up of the celebrity men rocking up late to the parenting party.

Simon Cowell

It’s safe to say the world was pretty surprised when news broke that Simon Cowell was expecting his first child at 54-years-old.

The media mogul welcomed his first son, Eric, with partner Lauren Silverman back in 2014. And despite approaching his seventh decade, the 59-year-old hasn’t ruled out the idea of adding to his brood.

Simon Cowell was late to the parenting party [Photo: Getty]
Simon Cowell was late to the parenting party [Photo: Getty]

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Hugh Grant

At 51 Hugh Grant swapped bachelorhood for babies after becoming a first-time father to daughter, Tabitha, in September 2011 with his then on-off girlfriend Tinglan Hong.

Son Felix came along two years later. He may have been late to fatherhood, but Hugh has since become a dab hand and is now a father of five after welcoming three more children with Anna Eberstein all under the age of 8! Yikes!

Cooing over his kids on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Grant said: "It changes your life. Now that I have a child, it is life changing. I recommend it. Get some!”

George Clooney

George Clooney had only just blown out the candles on his 56th birthday cake when he welcomed twins Ella and Alexender with wife Amal Clooney in 2017.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis is totally outdaughtered, that’s for sure. Despite his three eldest - Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah, with ex-wife Demi Moore, being adults, the ‘Die Hard’ actor welcomed a third daughter, Mabel Ray, at the age of 57.

Two years later, he and wife Emma Heming had another daughter, Evelyn Penn.

Robert De Niro

Hollywood royalty, Robert De Niro became a father for the sixth time in 2011 when he was 68 and wife Grace Hightower was 56.

The couple welcomed daughter Helen Grace via a surrogate. Interestingly there is a 40-year age gap between De Niro’s eldest and youngest children.

Jeff Goldblum

‘Jurassic World’ star, Jeff Goldblum became a first-time father at 62 when he and wife Emilie Livingston welcomed a son Charlie Ocean in 2015.

Undeterred by being an older papa, the couple went on to have another son, River Joe in 2017.

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Chris Noth

Chris Noth was 53 when he became a dad for the first time after welcoming a son, Orion in 2008, with partner Tara Lynn Wilson.

When discussing his late entrance to fatherhood, the actor claims he simply wasn’t ready before.

Sir Elton John

Elton John was already well into his sixties when became a father for the first time, welcoming Zachary in 2011 via a surrogate with husband David Furnish. The couple became parents for a second time round to Elijah in 2013. Elton loves dad life so much he said he "regrets it a little bit not starting sooner."

Mick Jagger

Papa is a Rolling Stone! Mick Jagger welcomed his eighth child in December 2017 at the grand age of 73.

His son, Deveraux Octavian Basil, whom he shares with girlfriend Melanie Hamrick, joins Jagger’s three older sons, James, Gabriel, Lucas and daughters Karis, Jade, Elizabeth and Georgia May. Believe it or not the frontman also has five grandchildren and even became a great-grandfather in May 2014.

Ronnie Wood

Joining his bandmate, Rolling Stones legend Ronnie Wood has also been a late-joiner to fatherhood. He and his wife Sally Humphreys, who is 31 years his junior, saw twin girls join the clan just two days before his 69th birthday. Wood also has four adult children from previous relationships.

Rod Stewart

There must be something about rock stars having babies in later life. Just after Rod Stewart welcomed his youngest, son Aiden, at the age of 66 in 2011, his daughter, Kimberly, made him a grandfather.