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Elizabeth Hurley 'didn't mind' not working again

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Elizabeth Hurley 'didn't mind' not working again

Elizabeth Hurley "didn't mind" if she never worked again after taking an eight-year break from acting.

The 49-year-old star didn't sign up for any TV shows or movies for nearly a decade after the birth of her son Damian - from her relationship with Steve Bing - in April 2002, and 'The Royals' star insists all she was concerned about was making sure the youngster had a "real childhood" rather than her own career.

She said: "I knew when I said to my agent, 'I'm staying at home now. I don't want to take my son around from trailer to trailer to different countries, have tutors. I want him to have a real childhood he remembers - same school, same friends.

"I want mummy to drive him to work and mummy to make shepherd's pie for his supper.'

"I didn't really mind if I didn't work again."

Elizabeth's latest role sees her play Queen Helena in E! drama series 'The Royals' - which also stars Joan Collins as her on-screen mother, the Grand Duchess of Oxford - and the star admits she was delighted to land such a great part "out of the blue".

Speaking on ITV's 'Lorraine', Elizabeth - who made her TV drama return as Diana Payne in US series 'Gossip Girl' in 2011 - added: "I took nearly eight years off to raise my son, I still did my beachwear company but I didn't go away to do a TV show or a movie because I wanted to be home with my son.

"I didn't know if I'd ever really work again because it's a long time to take off so I didn't expect to come back and get great parts.

"This coming out of the blue was the biggest thrill for me."