Actor had featured in ads since last December


Churchill has dropped actor Martin Clunes from its advertising campaign after he was banned from driving after a series of speeding offences.

According to several news reports, Churchill took the decision to part company with the Men Behaving Badly star after he informed the firm that he had amassed 12 points on his licence and been banned from driving.

Clunes had appeared in Churchill adverts alongside the firm’s nodding dog mascot since December 2011.

A Churchill spokesman told The Telegraph: ”Martin Clunes recently informed Churchill Insurance that his driving licence has been suspended after he accumulated penalty points for four speeding offences.

”Churchill Insurance currently has no adverts with Martin Clunes on air and will be moving forward with new advertising in the new year.”

Churchill is part of the Direct Line Group, which made its debut on the London Stock Exchange in October.