Ross Kemp’s face was left swollen and painful after he was attacked and stung by several wasps.
The TV hardman shared video footage of his puffy lips and warned his 208,000 Twitter followers of the dangers of disturbing a wasp nest when he opened his loft.
Kemp, 56, joked: “I look like Mick Jagger, don’t I?! Well that’s what happens if you get stung by three or four wasps in the nasal and lip area. Be careful of those critters! Don’t go upsetting them by opening up a loft space without asking their permission first.”
The former EastEnders star – who presents documentary Ross Kemp: On The NHS Frontline during the height of the coronavirus pandemic – then shared a video from his doctor’s surgery where he was treated with steroid hydrocortisone for the swelling.
He said: “I’m now being seen by out fantastic NHS, local doctors, just given me hydrocortisone. Hope that’s going to being it down a bit.”
He pouted: “I can’t get no satisfaction... Ow! That hurts a bit.”
He shared footage of himself recovering at home caption “Wasp Kemp”, thanking the doctor who had treated him.
Kemp said: “I just want to say a huge thanks to Dr Lettuce for sorting me out. Obviously I’m still like a massive Botox victim. But that just goes to show what happens when you mess with nature.
“I had no idea when opening that hatch there was actually a wasps’ nest on top of it. I’m very lucky they only stung me around my nose, in my nose, and on my top lip. It could have been far worse.
“But thank you very much again, you lovely lovely NHS.”
Actor Kemp rose to fame playing Grant Mitchell in EastEnders from 1990.
He has gone in to forge a successful TV presenting career fronting documentaries in which he confronts danger in military and criminal situations.
He recently presented an ITV documentary about the NHS battle against COVID-19 from the intensive care unit (ICU) at Milton Keynes University Hospital, wearing much needed personal protective equipment.