George Clooney's father is ''thrilled'' with his engagement.

Former broadcaster Nick Clooney, 80, is happy to welcome British barrister Amal Alamuddin to the family and couldn't be more ecstatic that his son - who was once considered an eternal bachelor - has decided to tie the knot again.

Nick told ''We are thrilled. We have had an opportunity to interact with this wonderful young woman and these are two great people.

''We are thrilled at their decision and we hope for them the best.''

Nick's wife Nina previously spoke about George's new fiancée, calling Amal a ''lovely'' woman.

She said: ''Amal's a lovely girl. I like her very much.''

Sources close to the couple recently said their engagement is not ''surprising'' as George thinks highly of the brunette beauty.

An insider said: ''He likes a woman with brains and class. She's the full package. He's happy and found his ideal match. He didn't settle, so good for him.''

George, 52, was previously married to actress Talia Balsam between 1989 and 1993, and vowed never to remarry.