The Crash star took a picture of the figurine, which depicts a young black boy wearing a loincloth and a safari hat and holding a basket of coffee beans, on the counter of the coffee shop in Soho.

She tweeted the snap to Starbucks, writing, "Seriously @Starbucks? At the counter - Loin cloth and Safari hat on a black child. Happy New Year circa 19th century."

A representative for the coffee chain sent a message back to the actress to confirm the statue has been removed and an investigation has been launched.

The note reads, "@thandienewton we are very concerned to learn of this incident & we can't apologise enough. We have removed the figure & are investigating."