The star of the Jonathan Creek television series - Alan Davies - has admitted being bullied at school made him depressed and even prompted him to shoplift.
Supporting the launch of the Department for Education's new bullying guidelines for schools, Davies recalled his experiences of being bullied at the independent Bancroft School in Woodford Green, Essex.
"I suffered at the hands of some older boys for a few weeks. They thought it would be fun to trip you up, yank your tie, call you names," he said.
"I got quite depressed and became a proficient shoplifter, which filled the time.
"I made quite a good living - I would pinch things then flog them to the other kids," he joked.
Davies said he was unhappy throughout secondary school years and his education had suffered as a result.
"It wasn't until I went to a further education college that I got back on track," the actor said.
"I do know what it's like to be very unhappy as a child because of bullying and there is no framework to deal with it - you don't tell anyone, that's the whole point."
Pupils at his school were considered "posh" by other schoolchildren in the area, he added, which led to bullying outside of school.
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