Joanna Lumley ambushed in Haiti

Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley has revealed she was ambushed by armed bandits in Haiti while filming a TV documentary.

The 73-year-old actress was in the Caribbean country to film a TV documentary when a group of guys blocked the road they were travelling on with tree branches and demanded her and her crew’s “money of your life”.

She said, “Suddenly there was a blockage across the road. They’d put branches down.

“Our bodyguards got out and said, ‘Come on guys, clear it away’. “And they said, ‘No, we want your money or your life.’

“Sometimes they dig trenches, pour oil in and set fire to it, then they come with guns and take your wallets.”

But fortunately, they were let through unscathed.

Joanna admitted riots were breaking out “like wildfires” in the capital Port-au-Prince, where she was filming the show Hidden Caribbean: Havana To Haiti.

She said: “We arrived on the day of a riot, so we had a police escort to the hotel.”