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Keira Knightley was ‘hounded for TV licence fee’

Keira Knightley has revealed that she was pursued by collectors for her BBC licence fee — despite not having a television for years.

She said: “I got hounded by the TV licence people. I’m like, “I don’t have a TV licence because I don’t have a TV! Please come in and see that I don’t have one!”’

The 28-year-old actress said she had used the BBC’s iPlayer service to watch catch-up TV for free. The actress eventually bought a television set and paid the £145.50 (Dh889.08) annual charge, but only in order to see live football.

She said: “It was getting ridiculous watching football on the laptop.”

Knightley added that she loves BBC1 series MasterChef. She said: “It means so much to them. I get to the end and I weep.”

The licence fee applies only to those who watch TV shows as they are broadcast, so some viewers avoid paying by watching later online.

Last month, BBC director general Tony Hall said he will extend the licence fee to cover iPlayer amid fears that increasing numbers of young viewers will opt not to pay.