Comedian John Bishop has joked off a minor car crash he was involved in on Tuesday, which he says was caused by a "big chicken".

Taking to Instagram, he explained: "I was driving to catch a ferry to Ireland when something happened!! To avoid a car that was swerving to avoid a 'big chicken' as I overtook, I ended up like this."

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He then posted a shot of his Land Rover on the roadside, with its windshield smashed after hitting the motorway barrier.

The Liverpudlian comedian added that "nobody was hurt" in the accident, as there had been "no oncoming traffic" at the time of the crash.

Bishop (54), who is set to play a companion in the new series of Doctor Who, also posted a short clip on his Instagram story, captioned: "I’m in the back of a police car, but for good reason! These lads are helping me out, you’ll see a picture later as to why."

He thanked the police officers who had come to his assistance after the incidence, and added, "Amazing how helpful people can be when you need them.

"And thanks to the other drivers for staying including Andrew who I think sadly hit the ‘big chicken’ anyway."

He finally posted a clip of himself arriving in Ireland after travelling on the ferry as a foot passenger, "without a car, but we’re getting there".

Bishop has made no secret of his love for Ireland and has previously talked about moving here permanently.