After losing all their money, Monty was forced to survive for a number of years government benefits, which has inspired his incredible work ethic since.
However, the star acknowledged that he is now in a privileged position these days, as he pointed out how many have lost work as a result of COVID-19.
He said: “No question, I am very lucky. I lost half my filming work this year but compared to most people I’ve had a very, very easy time of it.
“Most years I have another fulfilling project. Last year it was America [for the new book and accompanying documentary], before that, I went to Japan, India and Iraq and before that Morocco and Spain and Turkey.
“This is the first time since 2011 that I haven’t had something else on the go that has taken me away.”