James Buckley says he ‘can’t wait’ to be a hands-on dad.

The Inbetweeners star – currently celebrating being at the top of the UK box office with The Inbetweeners Movie – is expecting his first child with girlfriend Clair Meek and unlike his Jack-the-lad screen character Jay, he is thrilled to settle down.

“I can’t wait; it’s going to be really cool. It’s like the longest Christmas Eve ever. I’m going to be hands on and stuff,” he said.

“I think people were really confused when news got out that I was having a baby. What – Jay from the Inbetweeners, a 17-year-old foul-mouthed boy? Obviously I’m a man in my mid-twenties and have an apartment and a girlfriend and live a very normal life.”

Now that The Inbetweeners has come to an end, James hopes to expand his acting CV to include more child-friendly shows so his offspring can consider him cool.

“I’d like to maybe do something that my child will be able to watch,” he said.

“I’d love it if my child thinks I’m cool and thinks I have quite a cool job – that’s what I’d like most in the whole world at the moment. And I can’t wait for Christmases to be exciting again.”