Anne Hathaway is ready to become a mother.

The 'Les Miserables' actress - who wed actor Adam Shulman in September - has always wanted children but wanted to have a successful career before she embarked on motherhood and she now feels like the time is right to start a family.

She said: ''I've wanted to be a mom since I was 16.

''But I also wanted to have a career, so I have been chomping at the bit to be a mother for a really long time. I also had to find a baby daddy first - which I now have.''

Adam popped the question to Anne earlier this year, but couldn't keep the proposal a surprise because the 30-year-old screen beauty had told him she was going to cut all her hair off for her role as tragic Fantine in 'Les Miserables'.

She told The Sun newspaper: ''My now husband looked at me with pride, joy and slight panic.

''I said, 'What's the matter?' and he said, 'OK, without giving anything away about what is coming in the next few months, how do you feel about being a short-haired bride?' and I went, 'Nooooooooo!' ''