Elizabeth Hurley's son is her ''north, south, east and west.''

The glamorous actress doesn't regret taking a break from her career to be with Damien - her child with ex-boyfriend Steve Bing - in the early years of his life, and says she and the 13 year old are now ''very close''.

She said: ''Without doubt my son is my north, my south, my east and my west. I stopped doing movies and TV for the first eight years of his life and I don't regret it for a moment.

''Damien and I are very close. He's almost my height now, which is slightly alarming. I am more like an Italian mother than an English one.''

However, the 'Austin Powers' actress - who turns 50 this week - knows their relationship may change in the coming years.

She said: ''I'm praying he'll be a good teenager but I was a horror so we'll have to see.''

The brunette beauty - who is currently single - is proud to have stayed close to her ex-boyfriend Hugh Grant and former husband Arun Nayer and the two men play a big part in her life.

She told Britain's HELLO! magazine: ''Damien adores Uncle Hugh and Arun plays a major role in Damian's life. I love everyone getting on and hold my exes in the highest regard.''

And it seems that the youngster is following in his famous mum's footsteps since he adores showbusiness and has used the actress' famous friends in his projects.

She said. ''He writes and shoots mini movies and then bullies me and all my friends to be in them. Uncle Hugh and others have been very patient and he's also batted his eyelashes at Joan Collins who's agreed to shoot a scene for him over the summer.''