She was about to board a plane at Gatwick airport when, in a fit of frustration, Louise Brealey grabbed the free copies of the Daily Mail provided for passengers and dumped them all in the bin.
But while the Sherlock star – who plays pathologist Molly Hooper in the BBC1 detective drama – stands by her views on the paper and “the lies and fear they peddle”, she nevertheless regrets her actions, admitting after criticism from a number of Twitter users “I didn’t think about the implications for free speech, or the jump to book-burning”.
In a statement posted on Twitter she said “I didn’t think, at all; it was a purely emotional reaction, and I should have known and done better.
“The point is, whatever I believe, I don’t have any right to stop someone getting a free copy of their newspaper, even a newspaper that tries so very hard every day to turn British people against each other.”
Brealey’s honest reaction was met with praise from many, with one Twitter user, posting “You’re a very good person for writing this. Not many people on social media will reflect on their views after criticism,” and another adding “it takes a lot of courage to call yourself out”.
Brealey stars in series four of Sherlock, beginning on New Year’s Day on BBC1