Rowan Atkinson's smashed McLaren costs insurers almost £1million to repairGareth Purnell/ Rex Features

The Mr Bean actor span off the road and obliterated his high-powered McLaren F1 back in August 2011, suffering a fractured shoulder blade in the process.

Atkinson handed the wreckage to his insurance company who then had the troublesome task of deciding whether to repair the rare supercar or try and replace it.

The insurance firm soon realised it would be cheaper to repair the high-powered machine and subsequently the car spent more than a year in the hands of McLaren's expert technicians in Woking, Surrey - costly time that landed the comedian's insurance company with a bill of £910,000.

Atkinson, an avid car enthusiast, bought the car £640,000 in 1997 with the proceeds from his first Mr Bean film. But its value has significantly increased over the last 15 years - with one sold last year for £3.5 million.

He told this month's Classic and Sports Car magazine that he was not a fan of hiding cars away like toys and insisted they should be used. "I'm not a collector. I don't like the toy cupboard syndrome that causes so many good cars to evaporate," he said.

"It depresses me that they are hidden away like investment art, or gold ingots in a Swiss vault.

"The McLaren is just so usable, it is a crime not to use it. No gritted teeth, you just get in and drive."

Atkinson crashed the car on the A605 near Haddon, Cambridgeshire, not far from his Northamptonshire home. No other vehicles were involved.

No word on whether he had protected his No Claims Discount or not.