Russell Brand finds life as a family man more ''tiring'' than being a party animal.

The 'Arthur' actor - who has battled alcohol, drug, and sex addiction in the past - used to be famous for his wild antics but these days he's happily settled with wife Laura and their 18-month-old daughter Mabel and he couldn't be happier.

He said: ''I feel happier living with a person, having to pick up dog poo and change nappies than I ever did being involved in more decadent activity.

''It's tiring picking up poo and being more ordinary and real, but it's a relief. It feels connected and purposeful.''

Russell is proud of the way he's overcome his addictions but he always wants to work on himself and look at ways to change for the better.

He told Balance magazine: ''I'm curious about how I can continue to change my life using these techniques. I look at any area and think 'am I happy with it?'. If not, am I willing to change it, do the work and ask for help? I'm a slow learner, but I'm changing all the time.''

And the 42-year-old comic is determined to give his daughter enough attention and love for her not to repeat his problems when she's older.

He said: ''No one wants their kid to be a drug addict. I just want to be present and available. I'm lucky my wife comes on tour with me, and I get to go off to the playground [with Mabel]. It's me who changes her nappy when we're out in a restaurant. I'm doing stuff all the time with her.''

Regardless of how busy his career is, Russell has vowed his family will always come first.

He said: ''My priority is my little family. But I'm going to do some films, carry on doing comedy... and showing off.''