Comic actor Martin Clunes has told Horse Magazine that he’s a keen and accomplished horseman and the love of his life – wife and child aside – is a horse called Chester.

The Doc Martin star said: “He is a Shire X Hanoverian X hunter and he is pretty big, so it was quite scary when I first went to see him.

“He’s a blokey kind of horse I think – he can be quite shovey until you shove him back. But he loves me.”

Such is his love for all things equine, Martin has recently completed filming a documentary about horses, Horsepower, to be shown on ITV1 later this year.

“All the things I got to do, from riding Arab horses in Abu Dhabi to quarter-horses in the Wild West, were amazing,” said Martin.

“I think the point of this programme is that it’s a journey of discovery for people watching, as well as for me.

“I’m largely ignorant about a lot of this, but I am finding out along with the viewer and that’s what makes for good television – I hope.”

Read the full interview in this month’s issue of Horse Magazine, out now