Telly hardman Ross Kemp nearly got engaged to a brutal gang leader’s sister by accident after he gave her a stuffed toy.

The 57-year-old revealed that while filming with the MS-13 crew in El Salvador he made “a big error” by giving a “fluffy gnome” to her, which according to local custom meant he was proposing.

When the Ross Kemp on Gangs star told Little Psychopaths boss Chucho he was unavailable, he forced him to eat raw chicken.

Speaking on the Off Menu Podcast, Kemp said: “Chucho’s sister gave me this soft toy. I went and bought her one, but what I actually was doing was getting engaged to Chucho’s sister.

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“When I explained to him I had a girlfriend, Chucho was ­unpleased. So Chucho got out this grilled chicken with a salad… and I look at my piece and it’s pinker than my bald head.

“So I put my fork into it and blood comes out. He’s waving at me with a very large pistol so I start eating the chicken.”

Back at his hotel, Ross was given pink antacid Pepto Bismol. He added: “I was like a Roman candle at both ends spraying pink.”

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Meanwhile, Ross has been lined up to front a new BBC quiz show, Bridge of Lies, which will be held in Glasgow.

Teams of players will compete for money by crossing a bridge made up of stepping stones across the ground.

Each stone will have a different option, and players must try and get from A to B by stepping on the truths and avoiding the lies to cross the floor safely and win the money.

The show will be a far-cry from Ross' usual work, as he's known for his hard-hitting and gritty documentaries around the world about gangs and prisons.

Ross has also previously teased a return to EastEnders as the iconic character Grant Mitchell, recently teasing "never say never", as he joked that he has got a mortgage to pay.

EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8.05pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm on BBC.

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