The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln: I am too scared to watch the show

The British actor insists that the zombie apocalypse drama takes the subject of screen violence very seriously – but that it's still a bit too frightening for his tastes...

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Contains a spoiler about series five of The Walking Dead

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In The Walking Dead he plays a lawman who wakes from a coma into a post-apocalyptic world dominated by zombies and ravaged by disease. And for Andrew Lincoln it is all a bit too much to bear.

The British star, who has played Rick Grimes for the last four seasons of the AMC drama, says the series is “too scary for me,” adding “I hear it’s very good.”

However, while he does not watch the show, the actor was at pains to insist that the drama is not gratuitously violent and “takes very seriously” the depiction of grisly scenes.

“Unless it has a reason to be there, and it pushes a character, it’s always got to push character development. If it doesn’t do that, then it’s gratuitous,” he told Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald. “I have no interest in anything that is pornographic, as regards to violence. I have no interest, it revolts me.”

Based on the comic book of the same name by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead was back on US screens for its fifth series on Sunday night, with UK viewers getting the chance to watch it on Fox tonight.

The opening episode sees the return of another British actor – Line of Duty star Lennie James, who reprises his role of survivor Morgan Jones.

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The Walking Dead returns to Fox tonight at 9pm