Alan Davies has revealed he has often wished he could turn his fame off and thinks the internet has made life worse for celebrities.

The star of Jonathan Creek and QI hit the headlines in 2007 when he was involved in an altercation with a man who recognised him in the street and reportedly bit his ear.

He also faced a backlash from Liverpool FC fans in April this year after he commented in a podcast about the team’s refusal to play on the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Alan told the August of Reader’s Digest: “Around the time that Jonathan Creek started [1997], I seemed to be everywhere. All of a sudden, I was being recognised. About 99 per cent of people were lovely, but there was always that one per cent who wanted to give you some s***.

“Keith Richards once said, ‘Everybody wants to be famous, until they are.’ He’s right. I wanted to be able to turn fame on and off when it suited me, but it doesn’t work like that.”

He added: “I think it’s even worse today. I recently Googled myself and was amazed at how much vitriol and anger was being directed at me, just because I was on telly – even before the Hillsborough incident.

“I’ve never Googled myself since, and I never will.”