Mark Wahlberg bought his mum a new car as an early Christmas present.

The 45-year-old actor has splashed out on some lavish gifts for his family this year, not least of all the brand new Hyundai Azera that the star handed to his mother Alma before they headed out to the Boston premiere of his new movie 'Patriots Day' - which is based on the terrible events of the Boston bombings - on Wednesday (14.12.16).

Speaking to 'Entertainment Tonight', Alma said: ''I looked out my front door today, and there was this brand new car sitting out there with the big red bow on it!

''Don't laugh! He bought me a brand new Hyundai Azera, my favourite car in the world!''

But the 'Deepwater Horizon' actor has admitted the car probably wasn't as big of a surprise as he would have liked, as his mother ''kept asking'' him if he could buy it for her.

He said: ''She was in love with this Hyundai. She kept asking me, and I kept saying no, and she told my sis that I was getting one anyway, so then I was like, 'Alright, let's just get it for her.'

''I wanted it to be a surprise. If you're going to do it, you gotta do it right.''

The starting price for the flashy car is a cool $34,100, but money is no object for Mark when it comes to making his mother happy, as Alma says he's ''grateful'' to have her.

She revealed: ''I don't know if there's words [to describe how proud I am], but he's come a long way.

''About a year and a half ago, I said to him, 'You know the rules, call your mother! You have to call your mother!' And he's like, 'Well I was busy.' I said, 'No, no, no, all you have to do is: 'Hi Ma, how ya doin? OK I gotta go!'

''So, he's called me every day for the last two years. Every day...And you know what I love? He's grateful, and so that makes me really happy.''