Steve Coogan reveals he spent a night in his car after getting caught in Storm Desmond

Comedian found himself trapped by Storm Desmond during a visit to the Lake District

Steve Coogan has revealed that he was forced to spend a night in his car after being caught in Storm Desmond.

The comedian found himself in the thick of the storm, which has already caused an estimated £300m of damage, after driving to his “retreat” in Coniston in the Lake District.

“I went down the back of Thirlmere lake and I got stuck on a landslide there,” Coogan recalled on BBC Breakfast this morning. “I was trying to drive past it in my four-wheel drive because the other roads were blocked and I got stuck in it at midnight and there was no signal on my phone. I had to spend the night there.”

“Fortunately I had my dog with me so he kept me company and I’d been to the shop so I survived Bear Grylls-style on nuts and berries,” the comedian added. “But I bought them at Marks and Spencer’s.”

Since it formed on December 3, Storm Desmond has brought exceptionally heavy rainfall to areas of northern England, southern Scotland and north Wales, causing record-breaking flooding in some areas. Around 43,000 homes in northern England and 700 homes in Wales had their power wiped out by the storm, which has also claimed the lives of three people.