Tweeting fans about the incident, Fogle writes, "Dear Mr Mugger. "Ben instinctively just whirled round and bopped him in the face.The mugger then dropped the bag and ran off." Police were not called to the scene.Ben Fogle was born on November 3, 1973 in London, England as Benjamin Myer Fogle.

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For Sir Donald, 81, star of the hit TV sitcoms Two's Company and Never The Twain, it is the cruellest of tragedies.

His elder son, Jeremy, also died of cancer eight years ago.

"It was very sudden, and very traumatic," Sir Donald tells me from the home the couple shared for half a century in Wittersham, near Tenterden - the village where he will bury his wife next week. It is a double blow, as Jeremy too died from galloping cancer.

That's not the only drama Ben faced as he also met locals who taught him all about poison arrows.

He seemed happy enough to be holding them - until he discovered that the poison could kill him in two minutes.

The adventurer was walking down a side road off London's main shopping area Oxford Street when a crook tried to steal his briefcase.

Fogle acted quickly and hit his assailant in the face, prompting the man to run away empty-handed. Love Ben." The 40 year old's representative has explained the situation, adding, "He had his briefcase in his left hand and this guy just came running up behind him and tried to snatch his bag.

He has been married to Marina Hunt since September 2, 2006.

He is the grand old man of the British stage, with theatrical credits reaching back to World War II.

But the sudden death of Sir Donald Sinden's beloved wife of almost 60 years has robbed the actor of his greatest fan.

Lady (Diana) Sinden, 77, has died after a seven-month battle with stomach cancer at a hospice near the couple's home in the Kent countryside.