'Inbetweeners' star James Buckley: Struggles with anxiety make me scared to leave house

File photd dated 27/10/16 of Inbetweeners star James Buckley, who has said he feels "pretty hated" after a number of fans complained due to confusion over the sitcom's reunion show.
Inbetweeners star James Buckley has spoken about his struggles with fame (Credit: PA)

The Inbetweeners star James Buckley has revealed he is struggling with fame to the point he is considering becoming a recluse.

The 31-year-old actor and father-of-two is due to appear in an upcoming episode of Doctor Who, told The Daily Star: “really, really” struggles with being recognised in public and it makes him “anxious”, “self-conscious” and “uncomfortable”.

Buckley said: “I think I’m getting closer and closer to never leaving my house again.

“If someone said to me: ‘I would really like to be famous,’ I would say to them: ‘You really don’t.’

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“Because I’m struggling with it and I’m not even that famous.

“I’m not anywhere near Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt or someone like that and I really, really struggle with it. It’s something I find really difficult.

“Having people take secret pictures of me, it just fries my brain.

“I’m just a bloke – just come talk to me. I’d love to talk to you.”

Buckley - who rose to fame at the age of 19 as class clown Jay Cartwright in the hit E4 sitcom - went on: “The price of fame, which we’re finding out more as there’s more people killing themselves, is your mental health.

“And you cannot put a price on that.”

The Inbetweeners two-hour reunion special, Fwends Reunited, aired in January this year, marking 10 years since the show began, but was not well received by fans, despite the tw movie spin-off being box office smash-hits.

Buckley admitted he felt “pretty hated”, by the reaction the reunion episode and vowed not to take part in any more.

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The White Gold star previously admitted that even he had struggled to watch the episode in which he and co-stars Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Blake Harrison were interviewed by Jimmy Carr about their memories of making the show.

Buckley explained: “It became a thing that wasn’t a celebration of this good thing I did in my life, it was me being taken the p*** out of for hours on end.

“I got caught where I was acting up as Jay because there was an audience there of Inbetweeners fans and I got caught in this spot between Jay and myself where myself was going, ‘You’re acting like a f***ing idiot, you’re being a moron, you’re being a d***.’”

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