Fern Britton has recalled the terrifying moment she was sexually assaulted by a man she had just interviewed on TV.

The 61-year-old revealed the attack occurred in a lift during her time at Television South (TVS) in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

Describing the moment the unnamed man ‘jumped’ on her and started kissing her, she told The Mirror, “I remember doing a television show when I worked for TVS. I was in a lift with a man I’d just interviewed.

“He suddenly jumped me and started snogging me. I asked him what on earth he thought he was doing. But it didn’t seem to shame him into stopping.”

Fern added, “The fact remains the most privileged person on the planet is still the white male.

“But unless they can feel as uncomfortable as single women do walking home at night in the dark or getting into a taxi alone, there’s always going to be that gap in understanding.

“Is the pendulum beginning to swing back in the other direction? Yes, it is. But there’s still a long way to go.”

Fern found fame while presenting Ready Steady Cook in the 1990s, and is currently starring in a stage production of Calendar Girls.

She is probably most remembered for presenting This Morning alongside Phillip Schofield for ten years before leaving in 2009.

Last year fans called for her to be a permanent fixture on the ITV magazine show again, after she appeared alongside Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford to discuss her role in Calendar Girls: The Musical.

Fern even popped up to film a link with Eamonn whilst Ruth was otherwise engaged, prompting Eamonn to jokingly ask, “Do you ever think of doing it professionally?”

“No, it’s too hard,” Fern quipped in response.