British soccer star David Beckham is set to top a poll of the best celebrity dads.

The online list, sponsored by printing firm EPSON, gives the 28-year-old Manchester United heart-throb a clear lead for his devotion to BROOKLYN and ROMEO, his sons with former SPICE GIRL wife VICTORIA.

NAKED CHEF culinary star JAMIE OLIVER - father to POPPY HONEY and DAISY BOO - is in second place. Third is rocker SIR Bob Geldof, 48, who looks after his three girls and TIGER LILY, the orphaned daughter of his ex-wife PAULA YATES and Inxs rocker Michael Hutchence.

The award aims to honour the celebrity dad who best balances the demands of public and private life.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is in fourth place.

29/05/2003 13:30