Connolly vows to stay silent on politics after backlash

Tom Courtenay, Sheridan Smith and Billy Connolly arriving for the Charity gala screening of Quartet Credit: John Phillips/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Scottish actor and comedian Billy Connolly has vowed to stay out of political discussions after a backlash to his opinions on Scottish independence.

The 69-year-old said: "Whenever I open my mouth I get it slapped shut. I'm told to mind my own business, to learn what I'm talking about".

The star went on to express his dislike of celebrities influencing the public on who to vote for.

Connolly has openly said in the past that he does not approve of Scottish independence.

he was speaking at the premiere of his latest film Quartet, a British comedy directed by Dustin Hoffman.