Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has described his multi-award-winning portrayal of Walter White as ‘the role of my life’.

The fifth and final season of the US drama is currently running Stateside, while TG4 is presently broadcasting the show’s third season.

Cranston was previously best known for playing Hal, the father in family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. Before that he was Jerry’s dentist in legendary US comedy Seinfeld. But he rates Walt highest.

"You know . . . this is the role of my life,” Cranston told Digital Spy. “I won't have a better role ever for the rest of my career.

“But instead of lamenting that or feeling bad, it was like 'I'm embracing it, I'm enjoying the ride' - especially at my age.

“I'm 56-years-old and when we first shot the pilot, I was just turning 50, and to have that come into my life at that age is unbelievable.”

Breaking Bad continues on TG4 every Thursday. Season five episodes will be available to Netflix subscribers from November 1st.