British actor Rupert Friend went through hell at the hands of high school bullies, who brutally burned him with cigarettes.
The Young Victoria star was the victim of thugs who made his school days a living hell at a tough secondary school, and the brutality has left Friend with a lasting reminder of his troubled youth.
He tells Britain's Sunday Telegraph magazine, "It was quite a rough local comprehensive (state) school, the sort of school that takes kids that every other school has kicked out three times.
"I had a tough time until I was a bit older and bigger. (I had) The wrong haircut, the wrong shirt, the wrong glasses, all of which were true.
"Nothing's as frightening as being held down and having cigarettes put out on you... That's really frightening. Not so much the pain. More frightening, the (being) held down bit, because you can't escape."