“We didn’t eat, and left in separate taxis,” he says.

Dervla and Rupert perform a short scene by Conor Mc Pherson written for Making Light.

The scene is set in August of the year 1811 and shows that the taking of prisoners for hostage is not a new phenomenon.

She met him in 2001 while appearing in the theatre production Dangerous Corner and they married in August 2007 after a three-year engagement. She and Penry-Jones both appeared in Casanova in 2005, although they did not share any scenes.

Married|2001 - present|Rupert Penry-Jones married Dervla Kirwan in Aug 2007.|2001-00-00||Rupert Penry-Jones and Dervla Kirwan have been married for 8 years.

The star of Spooks and Whitechapel has disclosed that the actress Dervla Kirwan, whom he married in 2007, became involved in an almighty row with his mother, Angela Thorne, who is best known as Marjory Frobisher in the hit Eighties sitcom To the Manor Born.

To make matters worse, the altercation took place in the sophisticated surroundings of a St James’s restaurant favoured by the rich and famous.

“It was at The Wolseley with my wife and mother,” says Penry-Jones, 41, who was educated at Dulwich College in London.

He does not say what the argument was about, but admits that it became so heated that the three of them felt unable to enjoy their food.

They were dating for 4 years after getting together in 2001.