Actor Martin Freeman admits smacking both his son and daughter aged 14 and 11 and calling them ‘little f***ers when they were younger’.
The actor said he has smacked and sworn them more than twice. He admitted it was a rule at home with his former partner actress not to do either, however he said “but you know, I’ve done both”.
He told The Sunday Times: “I know I’m not suppose to do it, but there are so many images about how (parents) all just has to be brilliant that it makes people feel bad.
“Because it’s not brilliant. I mean, it is- it’s the best thing I’ll do. But that doesn’t mean it’s not really had. This idea you only ever rationalise with a toddler? Genuinely, good luck. If you could do that, God go with you. Amazing.
“I’m not proud I did that, but I have. I don’t think it’s a policy. And I’ll do it again!”
However it is illegal to smack children under The Children Act 2004 unless it amounts to ‘reasonable punishment’.
Scotland was the first country in the UK to ban smacking completely in 2019, and following a vote in the Welsh Assembly, Wales will have it banned by 2022.