Actor Martin Clunes has admitted he is getting used to a slower pace of life since his driving ban which led to him being axed as the face of the Churchill Insurance adverts.

The Doc Martin star, who owns a farm as well as acting, lost his licence after notching up 12 points for speeding.

However he revealed that two Clydesdale horses – named Ronnie and Bruce – have provided an unlikely but handy alternative to the car.

His new mode of transport will be featured in a two-part documentary, Martin Clunes: Heavy Horse Power
, which begins on ITV1 on February 7.

“If anyone had told me 10 years ago that I would have my own farm, and be driving a cart pulled by two Clydesdales, I would have laughed in their face,” Martin said. “I just didn’t see it coming.”

“I found this new speed quite shocking to begin with, very slow,” he added. “But I’ve turned 51 recently and I have a six-month ban on my driving licence, and this speed could be my future, staring at my horses’ bums as they plod me around the countryside.”

Martin, who is fronting a new two-part documentary entitled Martin Clunes: Heavy Horse Power, added: “It’s quite a nice way to go.”