Hollywood hunk Heath Ledger's burgeoning romance with Michelle Williams is hotting up - the actor has taken the former DAWSON'S CREEK beauty home to his native Australia.

THE PATRIOT star, 25, secretly began dating 24-year-old Williams in June (04) after meeting on the set of gay cowboy film Brokeback Mountain, only two months after Ledger ended his two-year relationship with Naomi Watts (APR04).

Ledger arrived in his Antipodean homeland earlier this week (begs20DEC04) and invited Williams to stay with him at his Bronte, Sydney beach house for Christmas.

Williams has previously dated singers Conor Oberst, THE COMAS frontman ANDY HEROD and actor DONAL LARDNER WARD.

23/12/2004 21:52