Liam Neeson has said that he is often mistaken for his best friend and fellow actor Ralph Fiennes.

Speaking on the Jonathan Ross Show, the 61-year-old Irish man said: "He is one of my best, best, dearest friends. I keep getting fans and stuff mixing me up with Ralph because we have very similar profiles.

"So I've been complimented on winning a Tony Award for my Hamlet, he's been complimented on the Taken movies."

He explained that on a number of occasions, one in particular, he didn't have the heart to correct fans: "It was the 50th anniversary of the D-Day Landings about 15 or 16 years ago and my wife [actress Natasha Richardson who passed away in 2009] and I were walking through a hotel in Paris and we were passing these two elderly couples.

"They got up and this lady said, 'Excuse me, can I introduce you to my husband and his best friend who landed on D Day 50 years ago and they're now going up to the beaches of Normandy to work by themselves and honour their comrades who died.

"So, I'm just floored by this and we shake hands. I was about to move away and the lady said, 'Would you mind signing this?' She brought out a menu.

"I said, 'I'd be honoured.' So I get this and as I'm just about to write my name she says, 'We love The English Patient.' So, I just wrote, with love, Ralph Fiennes!"