Bryan Cranston has revealed that although he will not be making a cameo appearance on the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, he will direct an episode of the show.

The Emmy-award winning actor, who starred as Walter White (aka Heisenberg) in AMC's hit series Breaking Bad, has saddened fans by saying that he will not be returning for the new show.

He told the Daily Beast: "I think it was on the Ashley Banfield show on CNN, and she brought up the speculation. I was just toying with her and said, 'I don't know!' which created a whole brushfire of rumour.

"I don't think that we're going to see any kind of rebirth of that show, or that character. I don't know in what context it would work in, because we're in different phases."

Cranston continued: "The characters didn't meet until the second season of Breaking Bad, when Walter needed to meet him.

"I suppose they could have a serendipitous brush off each other down the street or in the market, but I don't know what good that'll do - it's just a little cookie."

However, Cranston did confirm that he will be directing an episode of Better Call Saul, saying: "I'm looking forward to going down there next year and directing an episode, though.

"It's family. They've got the same crew, and it's exciting to think that we can rekindle that flame; that it's still alive."

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan's upcoming series is set to debut in February 2015.

It focuses on the life of Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), six years before his appearance in Breaking Bad.

The show has already been renewed for a second season.