Harrison Ford is "doing well" after undergoing a successful surgery for a broken leg.

It was initially believed that the actor had suffered a fractured ankle following an on set injury while filming the latest Star Wars movie at Pinewood Studios.

His publicist Ina Treciokas, has now confirmed that the 71-year-old was crushed by the Star Wars spacecraft Millennium Falcon.

Ford was reportedly preparing to shoot a scene involving the 111ft vehicle when the incident occurred.

He was airlifted to the trauma unit at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

In a statement regarding the actor's condition,Treciokas said: "Harrison Ford's left leg was broken in an accident. His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly. He's doing well and looks forward to returning to work."

There were concerns Ford may also have suffered additional injuries to his chest and pelvis, however this has not been confirmed.

His son Ben said that while the actor would continue with the film shoot, it was possible scenes would have to be filmed from the waist up, due to the injury.

Meanwhile, Ford's wife, Ally McBeal actress Calista Flockhart, flew from the US to be at her husband's bedside.

Ford, reprises his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VIII, the latest film in the sci-fi franchise. It's nearly 40 years since Ford starred in the first Star Wars film in 1977.

Mark Hamill, 62, who played the original Luke Skywalker, and Carrie Fisher, 57, who played Princess Leia, will also be reprising their roles for the eagerly anticipated film.

Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis and Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong'o will also join the cast.

While the plot remains a closely guarded secret, it has been revealed that the story will take place 30 years after the end of Return of the Jedi.

The £200million movie, which is being directed by JJ Abrams, is scheduled for release in December 2015.