SYDNEY -Brad Pitt has been away in England filming his latest war epic Fury. So no wonder Brad Pitt, 50, looked every inch the proud father, as was reunited with his family on Friday, and watched his two children Knox, five, and Shiloh, seven, take a paddle boarding lesson. Brad and his wife Angelina were spending the day together on a luxury yacht called Ghost in Sydney Harbour, and both children enjoyed the activity as Brad snapped away. Also joining them on the boat were siblings, Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Knox’s twin sister Vivienne.

Special instructors helped Shiloh and Knox as they grappled with their paddles, holding their balance impressively.  Although Brad has been spending time in filming in England, he had flown in from Los Angeles for the holiday. The fun didn’t end in the water, either with the famous mother and father taking their children for a late night trip to the zoo.

Brad and Ange treated their brood to Sydney Zoo’s Roar & Snore adventure package which allowed children to ‘sleepover’ with the animals. Just last month, Angelina thanked Brad as she was honoured at an early Oscars ceremony. The actress - who underwent a double mastectomy in February - was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Governors Awards in Los Angeles and she praised her fiance for his ‘support’ and ‘guidance’.

She said: ‘My love. Your support and your guidance make everything I do possible.’ She also promised not to cry and embarrass her son Maddox, 12, who was at the ceremony with his father to supported Angelina.

She added: ‘I’m not going to cry, I promise. I’m not going to embarrass you.’ ‘You and your brothers and sisters are my happiness and there is no greater honor in this world than being your mom.’

And the 38-year-old star - who also has children, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, seven, and five-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne with Brad - explained she hopes to make her own mother proud. Getting teary-eyed, she said: ‘I will do as my mother asked and I will do the best I can with this life to be of use.’ ‘And to stand here today means I did as she asked and if she were alive she’d be very proud, so thank you.’ Brad plays a Canadian who works on the plantation where Solomon is sent and although he only has a small part in the movie, he said the role is one of his proudest to date. He added: ‘It’s why I got into film in the first place. It’s one of those few films that cuts to the base of our humanity.’