Insurers have been involved with film financing for many years. Lloyd's of London had to pay for Liz Taylor's stay at the Savoy while starring in the disastrous 1960s film, Cleopatra.

However, the entanglement of the two industries has gone even further, according to an eminent insurance lawyer.

He is currently working on a case involving a film finance deal that went sour - the unusual bit being that the underwriter involved wangled himself a walk-on part in the film.

Whether they will play the segment in court is yet to be decided.