Kate Beckinsale and Michael Sheen's daughter is following in their footsteps by taking up acting.

The 'Love & Friendships' star's 17-year-old child Lily got her first taste of acting when she portrayed a younger version of her mother's character Selene in 2006's 'Underworld: Evolution' and then she did the same again in 2009's 'Everybody's Fine'.

The experiences have whetted Lily's appetite and her mum has now revealed she intends to continue acting.

After spilling to The I Paper that Lily - whom Kate had with her ex-partner Michael in 1999 - wants to be an actress, the British screen beauty then advised her child that she needs to stop playing a younger version of herself.

She said: ''I think going around constantly playing your mother is enough to make you mentally ill. She did it once, as they wanted to have flashbacks to me as a child; they put tonnes of pressure on me, asking if Lily could audition, and I said: 'What if she doesn't get it? She'll be on the set with me and the kid that did get it will be there and then she'll become an estranged child.' But she got the part and in 'Underworld 2', she also did a flashback of me. But I think that's enough.''

Lily has just won a place in college, an achievement that has made Kate and Michael, 47, very proud, and now she is grown-up and will be moving out of home soon, the 43-year-old actress intends to return to the theatre and indulge her passion for the stage.

Kate shared: ''I stopped doing theatre when I had Lily, so I'm looking forward to returning to stage again - although I could start now since she probably wouldn't care If I did come home now she is 17. Being a slightly less hands-on mother has been interesting.

''I just have to watch out I don't have another one!''

Asked previously if she tried to discourage her daughter from becoming an actress, she said: ''That would be like sitting there with a glass of wine saying, 'You can't have a drink'. I can see why she wants to do it.

''I don't love the downside of it for my baby. But it's not like she hasn't seen both of her parents having a real experience of what it's like. She has seen us ecstatic and miserable - she's seen that, squared.''