Actress Hilary Swank has quashed rumours she dislikes children - insisting she's desperate to start a family with her actor husband Chad Lowe.

The Million Dollar Baby beauty insists that contrary to press claims, she put off motherhood because she felt too young to have a baby when she was in her twenties.

But now, the 30-year-old believes she's mature enough to try for a child with Lowe.

She says, "Of course I love children.

"In my twenties I wasn't ready, but now I realise it will probably be sooner rather than later."

17/03/2005 03:03