Gabriel Byrne has revealed that he prefers anonymity to receiving attention from his starring roles.

The Irish actor explained that he didn't like the "kind of attention" he garnered after appearing in HBO's In Treatment from 2008 to 2010.

According to Press Association, he said: "I like the level of anonymity I have now.

"When I was doing In Treatment, it became a nightmare - much more than it had been before that.

“You have to be very careful with television. I love working but I don’t want that kind of attention again.”

The 64-year-old actor added that his new BBC One drama Quirke could be a one-off series.

The three-part serial is based on John Banville's books, but Byrne revealed that he may not return for future adaptations.

He explained: "I don't want to turn into one of those 'detective guys', you know. [A long run] would kill me altogether."

Quirke begins on Sunday (May 25) at 9pm on BBC One.