Conviction actress Minnie Driver recently made headlines when she revealed the “identity” of her 3-year-old son’s father, dropping hints that he was a writer on her former television show The Riches, but the 42-year-old Hunky Dory star failed to mention one crucial detail – his name.
Since then, Minnie has revealed Henry‘s father to be Scotland-born producer Timothy Jonathan Lea, 52, co-producer of The Riches as well as the hit shows CSI New York and Law and Order. The couple dated briefly before splitting up in 2009.
Why would Minnie keep his identity a secret?
“We weren’t together and he wasn’t directly in the business, so I chose to protect him and not have a rain of publicity,” she reveals. “He’s not famous. There’s no big story.”
“Our relationship was very complicated and private, and I honestly didn’t want to have to talk about it,” she adds. “I didn’t want people coming up to him … and raising eyebrows.”
Accordingly to the Daily Mail, Henry’s publicly-available birth certificate reads his mother’s name (Amelia Minnie Driver) and his father’s name (Timothy Jonathan Lea).
Despite the break up before their son’s birth, Minnie claims she coped well with being a single working mother.
“I had good friends around me, so it was sort of hilarious,” she recalls. “I was making a film at the time and the paparazzi would shout, ‘Who’s the sperm donor?’ at me.”
Minnie has chosen to finally come clean with the identity of Henry’s father because she feels Jonathan doesn’t need her protection any longer.
“I don’t need to protect him any more,” she explains. “He can fend for himself. He’s a grown-up.”