British actor Andrew Lincoln says his Walking Dead character Rick Grimes’ beard has become ‘a very close friend’ and he’s not getting rid of it any time soon.

The cult zombie apocalypse series returns to Fox UK on Monday and Andrew told Entertainment Weekly: “I love this beard, it’s become a very close friend. I’m not sure my loved ones are that keen on it… You know, the moment I get a razor I may consider shaving it off, but… I’m a little busy at the moment!”

Watch the interview with former This Life star Andrew: