Darren Day claims he is channelling all his love rat past into his new Hollyoaks character Danny Houston.

The 42-year-old actor told New magazine he is leaving his bad boy past behind him in real life and considers himself a ‘reformed love rat’, but he promised his soap character will be a true villain.

Darren said: “He’s going to be the epitome of the soap villain. Some of the magazines have already nicknamed him Dirty Dan, which is quite exciting because the soap villain that I admired most over the years was Dirty Den in EastEnders.

“All I’ve been told is that he is incredibly dangerous, but very charming.”

He added: “I would identify with both of those characteristics! But with where my life is now, I’m going to be the baddest of the bad on screen and the goodest of the good off screen.”

Darren lives with wife Stephanie Dooley, 31, with whom he has a four-year-old daughter Madison, and is also father to five-year-old son Corey with Emmerdale’s Suzanne Shaw.

He insists he is now a responsible husband and father.

“It makes me smile that I still get called ‘love rat’, but you get used to it. My wife and I have been together for five years, married for three and a half, and I’ve been 100 per cent faithful. But I know it’s going to take a long time for it to subside, so maybe the best that I can hope for is ‘reformed love rat’!

“I saw a headline saying, ‘Watch out, Hollyoaks beauties, Darren Day’s coming over!’

“Well, one, I’m happily married, and, two, I’m old enough to be their dad!”