Matt Smith reveals he was threatened at gunpoint in South Africa

matt smith, the crown

The Crown star Matt Smith says he was threatened at gun and knifepoint while out drinking in South Africa

Matt Smith has revealed he was threatened at gunpoint while filming The Crown in South Africa.

The actor was enjoying some down time in Cape Town after shooting the royal drama – in which he plays Prince Philip – when a man approached him.

“We went to South Africa and a guy pulled a gun on me,”  the 34-year-old told Mr Porter.

Matt said he was drinking with another actor in a bar when the incident happened.

“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*****g shoot you, bru!’ He had a gun! Really stupidly, we just went to the bar across the street.

Matt Smith in The Crown (Netflix)

Matt Smith in The Crown (Netflix)


“I don’t know why we didn’t just leave altogether. He came up to the window, and went (tap, tap, tap), 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!’”

Matt was speaking before he’s set to return to South Africa to film more scenes for the Netflix show.


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