Joanna Lumley ambushed while filming new ITV travel documentary in Haiti

Joanna Lumley recalls being ambushed in Haiti while filming new TV documentaryJoanna Lumley recalls being ambushed in Haiti while filming new TV documentary (Image: ITV•GETTY)

Joanna Lumley, 73, has opened up about a time she and a film crew were ambushed by bandits in the Haitian mountains. They were in the middle of filming for a new TV documentary Hidden Caribbean: Havana To Haiti, at the time of the attack, where the gang demanded either “your money or your life”.

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Suddenly there was a blockage across the road, they’d put branches down

Joanna Lumley

She recalled the terrifying situation in an interview with the Radio Times: “Suddenly there was a blockage across the road, they’d put branches down.

“Luckily, we had two big bodyguards who got out and said, ‘Come on guys, clear this away’,” she remembered, but to no avail.

“They went, ‘No, we want your money or your life’.

“Sometimes they dig trenches, pour oil in and set fire to it, then they come with guns and take your wallets.”

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Fortunately for the team, the bandits let them pass unscathed but Joanna didn’t flee the country following the ordeal.

“I’m not really an afraid kind of person,” she said.

“If you look timid, people and animals pick it up very fast.

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