“But your career’s got to move on. There’s other fish to fry.”
He continued: “I’ve had an extraordinary time in the years that followed EastEnders and Gavin and Stacey, because they happened at the same time. So that’s changed my life.
“Both of those shows changed my life completely.”
Fans will recall the memorable storyline of Who Killed Archie? which ran up until February 2010, when it was finally revealed that Stacey Fowler – then Branning – had killed him.
Archie was bludgeoned to death on Christmas Day with the statue of Queen Victoria, which takes pride of place in the Albert Square pub.
The Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special will air on Christmas Day at 8:30pm on BBC One.