Heath Ledger will take a year off from acting to help when his baby with girlfriend Michelle Williams is born.

The couple's first child is due in the autumn (05), and Ledger - fresh from promoting new movie THE BROTHER'S GRIMM - doesn't want to go back to work until the baby is at least nine months old.

He says, "I want to spend at least a few months bonding. I might do something in the middle of next year (06) because I'll have had a year off by then."