The Hollyoaks actor on family life...

Hollyoaks actor Ayden, 35, has a son Phoenix, 14 months, with fiancée Sarah-Jane Honeywell. Now caught up with him about being a father…

Hi, Ayden! We bet it seems like only yesterday you became a dad…

We talked about that the other day. It’s funny because the day suddenly becomes very, very full and you’re always doing something, so maybe that’s what makes it go so fast.

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What has having a son taught you about yourself?

It makes you realise how much your parents must love you. All those things they said and did when I thought they were being annoying or wouldn’t leave me alone – now I know they love me as much as I love Phoenix. I love him more than I thought it’s possible to love anything.

Aww! What do you two enjoy doing together?

He’ll sit and watch the football or a documentary with me. We do enjoy our snuggle on the sofa.

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Is it very much like father, like son? Are you two similar?

I think so. We had some baby photos out the other day and we’re almost identical. He’s sweet and really determined. I tell you what, babies are brilliant at letting you know when you’ve done something stupid.

Would you like him to be sporty?

I think he’s quite sporty already. His mum and me both did sport when we were younger. I want to push him, but not too hard. I want him to know that whatever he wants to do, he can do. There are so many opportunities out there.

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Are you a hands-on dad? Have you done much nappy changing?

Yeah, I do the majority of nappy changing. Sarah had a Caesarean and for the first three or four weeks she had to rest, so I did all the nappies to begin with. It doesn’t bother me. I became a parent because I wanted to be one. I want to love and nurture another little person.

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What’s your essential parenting product?

Coconut oil. It’s a great moisturiser for him and he puts his fingers in his mouth, so it’s extra nutrition and calories!

Hollyoaks is on Channel 4 at 6.30pm on weeknights