Jude Law insists he is a ''faithful soul''.

The Anna Karenina actor believes he is misunderstood by many people and can’t understand why he has been branded a “womaniser”.

Speaking to Cosmopolitan magazine, Law said: ''I've been in committed long-term relationships most of my life and I'm a faithful soul. That's why terms like 'womaniser' and 'sex symbol' don't really apply to me. It just goes to show that people don't understand me at all.''

He added: 'I'm someone who loves to give. I'm very sociable. Respect for others is very important to me. My father often told me: 'Be aware that there's people around you who are better than you and people who are worse than you.' I think that's a good rule to live by.''

The 39-year-old actor can next be seen in Anna Karenina, in which he plays the titular character's husband, who is cheated on, and says he took on the role to avoid typecasting.

Law added ''I consciously decided to take that part, because it would be ridiculous to play the juvenile lover at 39.''