Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan has revealed that he found it hard to reprise his role as Special Agent Dale Cooper in the upcoming return of the cult show.

The 58-year-old actor first played the idiosyncratic FBI agent in the original two seasons of the David Lynch-created drama from 1990 and 1991.

MacLachlan is set to reprise the much-loved character this month in the long-awaited follow-up and he has now said that he struggled to inhabit the quirky character again.

"To be honest, it didn't come straight away," he told Radio Times. "I had to feel my way into it and rely on David's outside eyes on the character more than I thought I would, actually.

"I needed a bit of help to get back into his skin."

Kyle MacLachlan needed help from director David Lynch to bring Agent Dale Cooper back to life

MacLachlan's Cooper was a huge hit with viewers, and in particular his love of coffee and cherry pie were big talking points. When he praised the local diner for their "damn fine cup of coffee" it became one of the iconic references for the show.

The former Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives actor said that the character "came straight off the page" when he first read the script.

He said: "That first script remains my blueprint. I think the thing that I seized on was Agent Cooper's boyish enthusiasm: the moments he comes alive for certain flavours and smells.

"I'll also admit that I channelled a little bit of David Lynch's manner in the character."

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MacLachlan went on to attribute the show's revival to the "massive loyalty from the fans". "Primarily - now - through social media," he said.

"But even before that there would be sudden eruptions of interest, based on dates that had a significance within the series or anniversaries of the first broadcast.

"So there'd often be an idea of: wouldn't it be great to do some more? The drumbeat really began when we approached the 25th anniversary. I'm not sure the new series would have happened if there hadn't been this groundswell of interest."

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The original show was set in the fictional small logging town of Twin Peaks where the body of murdered high-school student Laura Palmer was discovered near a riverbank. 

The new 18-part series from original creators Lynch and Mark Frost is set 25 years since the events of the last episodes.

Needless to say the plot has been kept firmly under wraps, but the official trailer looks promisingly spooky. It will kick off on Sky Atlantic with a two-hour premiere on May 22.