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Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston 'itching' to visit Armagh roots

Bryan Cranston, right, as Walter White and Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad
Mairead Holland

THE American actor who played Walter White in the crime drama Breaking Bad says he "can't wait" to visit his ancestral home of Armagh.

Bryan Cranston (64), whose portrayal of unassuming chemistry teacher turned cyrstal meth manufacturer won the show a hit following, was speaking on RTÉ's Late Late Show on Friday night.

The award-winning actor, who is also well-known for his starring role in sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, said: "I’ve got to come back to Ireland. I haven’t been in several years and I’ve never been to where my people come from in Armagh and I’ve got to go up there.

"I know when I watched the play The Ferryman in London, I thought that’s where my people are from so I have to go and see what that was like and I can’t wait."

He added: "My great-great-great-great-grand parents came from Armagh so I’m just itching to go there and just soak up the energy and meet the people and be in the culture and get some sense of where my roots started."

During the interview, the actor, who is currently appearing in new legal drama Your Honor, also discussed the impact fame had on his life after Breaking Bad.

"Celebrity is a strange beast," he said. "No acting class taught you how to be a celebrity and along with celebrity comes tremendous opportunities so I would not trade it in but there is a learning curve to it. You lose a sense of privacy and anonymity."

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