'I delivered baby in park and bit cord off', reveals actor Brian Blessed
Brian Blessed has claimed he "bit" through an umbilical cord as he helped to deliver a baby girl under a tree in London's Richmond Park.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4, the 78-year-old actor also said he licked the newborn's face afterwards.
The birth took place in 1963, when Blessed was best known for playing PC Fancy Smith in the police series Z-Cars. The actor said: "I rushed across to her and she was having the baby and had her legs open. She knew me in Z-Cars. She said, 'Please Mr Blessed, I'm having a baby'. I said 'breathe deeply' and gradually I got the baby out.
"Then I got the afterbirth out, then I bit it loose then I tied it into a knot, and then I just called for help."