Former soap star Dean Gaffney, who played Robbie Jackson in EastEnders, has revealed he applied for a job with the intelligence service.
The actor, who played clueless but loveable street cleaner Robbie Jackson in the soap for 10 years, answered an MI5 advert for a mobile surveillance officer.
"I love spy films and the whole James Bond thing and I've got an inquiring mind, so I thought I'd give it a go," he tells The Sun
"MI5 put out an advert looking for people and I thought 'How hard can it be?'
"Most spies spend their lives pretending to be people who they're not. I do that for a living."
Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale in the soap tweeted: "He's more Johnny English than James Bond", and joked that Gaffney would "get some stick" over his application.
Gaffney's character in EastEnders was regularly seen tidying up Albert Square with his broom and dustcart and his pet dog Wellard until he left the BBC soap in 2003.
He has returned for several special appearances and also had roles in The Bill and a Ricky Gervais' Christmas special.