Doctor Who and The Crown star Matt Smith has revealed that he feared for his life while filming in South Africa.

The 34-year-old who is currently staring in Netflix series The Crown, reported to be the most expensive series ever made, says he was threatened with a gun while in Cape Town.

Playing a young Prince Philip in the popular show, he had gone to a bar for a drinking session with fellow members of the cast and crew. However, he said he feared going out could have been the biggest mistake he ever made.

He said: “This guy came up to us and said, ‘What are you looking at?’ We were drunk. We said, ‘Nothing, mate. No worries.’ He was like, ‘I’ll f***ing shoot you, bru!’ He had a gun!

“Really stupidly, we just went to the bar across the street. I don’t know why we didn’t just leave altogether. He came up to the window, and went (tap, tap, tap on the glass), no word of a lie, he had a Crocodile Dundee knife in his hand. A bouncer came up and was like, ‘Get out of here!’”

Mr Smith plays the Duke of Edinburgh in the series, which has just started airing, with Claire Foy as his Queen Elizabeth II.

The actor said he was left in an awkward situation when he met Prince Wiliam at an event, only for someone to shout up that he was playing his grandfather in the show. However, Mr Smith said the Duke of Cambridge took it in his stride, simply saying: “Legend”.

Mr Smith shot to mainstream fame when he took on the role of Doctor Who seven years ago. He said that the pressures of fame were hard to deal with, explaining: “I went from being an actor doing theatre and stuff, to overnight being on the front page of every newspaper.”

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