Actor Hugh Grant has stated his regret at making a movie for the Rupert Murdoch owned studio, 20th Century Fox.

The actor, whose phone was hacked by the now defunct News of the World, has been strident in his condemnation of News International through the past week, making regular appearances on TV and in print. Grant appeared as a child psychologist in the 1995 romantic comedy, Nine Months, which was released by the Fox stable.

"It would certainly stick in my craw to work for Fox," the actor told Entertainment Weekly. "I did make one film for them 16 years ago, but I was naive then. I didn't even know who owned it [the studio]."

Grant, one of a number of well-known people who are considering suing News International, has also pledged financial support for Hacked Off – the group seeking a judicial inquiry into NI’s activities.