Actor Tom Hiddleston is apologizing for his Golden Globes acceptance speech, a story about meeting humanitarian aid workers in South Sudan which some saw as self-aggrandizing.

Hiddleston was accepting his Golden Globe on Sunday for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie for his performance in the BBC arms-dealing drama, The Night Manager.

After thanking his co-stars and the show's director, he spoke about a recent visit to "the youngest country in the world," a reference to South Sudan.

"One night... a group of doctors and nurses wanted to say hello... because they had binge-watched The Night Manager," he continued.

"The idea that we could provide some relief and entertainment for the people who... are fixing the world in the places it is broken made me immensely proud."

On Monday, Hiddleston wrote on Facebook that his speech was "inelegantly expressed," adding that he was nervous and his words "just came out wrong."

He was reacting to social media criticism including a tweet from The West Wing actor Joshua Malina, who said "Thank you to Tom Hiddleston and all actors who dare to perform in projects that are shown in some of the most dangerous parts of the world."

TV writer Gary Janetti tweeted "That was a long story Tom Hiddleston told to pay himself a compliment."

Hiddleston responded Monday that his purpose in telling the story was to salute aid workers.

with files from the Associated Press