Scott Maslen rejected an offer to go back to BBC One soap EastEnders, which would see him reprise his role as Jack Branning.

Scott Maslen

Scott Maslen

The offer came in 18 months after he had left the series, and he now reveals that he said no because he thinks it would have held him back from securing new roles.

He said: "I didn't want to go back just 18 months after leaving. There is an element of snobbery with soaps. It means people in the industry don't see you as an actor, they see you as a commodity."

Scott appeared in 'EastEnders' for six years and became a fan favourite due to his fiery relationship with Ronnie Mitchell but he's now admitted he only took the job in the first place to look after his family.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: "In the kind of acting I'd like to do people would look at 'EastEnders' and say 'you don't want to touch that'. We've all got to pay the bills and work. When I made a deal to do 'EastEnders' that was my choice for my own reasons - for my family, to get a house."

The 40-year-old star - who also took part in 'Strictly Come Dancing' in 2010 - is now starring opposite Elizabeth Hurley and Joan Collins in new E! drama 'The Royals'.