Ewan McGregor needed a break after working his a**e off for four years.

The Scottish actor revealed it was only when he and wife Eva Mavrakis adopted a baby girl last year that he decided to cut back on work because he didn't want to miss out on her vital first months with her new family.

Ewan - who has three other daughters Clara, 15, Esther, nine and Jamiyan, nine with Eve - told Seven magazine: "I finished a film in September and I just felt I'd worked my a**e off for years. I felt like I just hadn't stopped. Which I hadn't. And I just thought one day that I didn't have to work if I didn't want to. It was like the sky suddenly opening up. I called my wife and suggested that I didn't work for the rest of the year and it's been lovely.

"It was great to be at home. We've got a new baby, and those are beautiful months that you won't get back if you're not there."

Ewan and Eve have been together for over 16 years and he appreciates "the lovely feeling of being with someone for a really long time, you know each other so well and you're so comfortable in each other's company.

"I get asked a lot what the secret to a happy marriage is but there's no secret other than to be in love with the woman you're sharing your life with."