Jude Law has said that his four children keep him sane and that acting is something he does when he's not parenting.

Law's four children Rafferty (17), Iris (13), Rudy (11) and Sophia Lee (4) are said to be "in equal parts delighted and embarrassed" by their dad's job but he credits them with keeping him grounded.

Speaking to USA Today he said, "[Acting] is what I get to do in the hours I'm not [parenting], which is everything to me. My children keep me sane in what is a mad world – particularly mad if you choose to be an actor."

Law is currently starring in Henry V in London until February but after that he plans to take some time off.

"I'll be unemployed as of then. It's not like I want to stop working – it's not like I can. You've got to pay the bills, like everyone else. [But] I'm not desperate. There's a certain physical demand to doing eight shows a week, and I haven't had a break in 18 months. By February I'll be quite ready for a break, and I'm going to take one."