Rupert Everett stunned viewers during his appearance on Piers Morgan's Life Stories as he opened up about his extraordinarily unusual family life.

The actor, 61, revealed he was shipped off to boarding school at age seven, and when he returned home in the holidays he shared a bed with his mother until he was a teenager.

Rupert also told Piers he went on his first fox hunt when he was 11, and his family members smeared the blood of the dead fox on his face.

"I loathed it, I hated it, I screamed and ran off," he said.

Piers asked: "Did he ever tell you he loved you?"

Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett opened up on the "grief" he felt when he was dropped off at boarding school

Rupert replied: "No of course not, nobody in my family ever said that, the biggest compliment in my family you used to get was 'well parked' in driving.

"I had a great deal of affection for my mother, I slept with my mother until I was 14, and we wheeled toes together in the bed.

"I had a very tactile relationship with my mother, but not any of the men in my family."

Rupert Everett and his mother, Sara Everett
Rupert Everett and his mother, Sara Everett

Piers asked if Rupert remembered the day he arrived at boarding school, and Rupert said: "I remember it very well.

"That really was the moment in my life everything changed, the kind of grief you feel as a child, being left in a swarm of other children.

"It calcifies the heart, that type of hurt."

Rupert recalled "crying and crying and crying in my little bed," and said his mother cried too.

Piers Morgan
The actor told Piers Morgan about his unconventional childhood

"She always cried, she said, 'Don't cry or I will cry too'," said Rupert.

Explaining about the bizarre rituals of the boarding school, he said: "You had your temperature taken every morning and you had to say if you'd had a s**t or not."

Rupert added that if students were caught talking after lights out they would be taken away and spanked on the buttocks with a shoe.

"We used to put blotting paper in our underwear to ease the pain," he said.

* Piers Morgan's Life Stories is available to watch back on ITV Hub