Justin Lee Collins said he will quit TV by 2012 to concentrate on musical theatre .

The Bristol-born funnyman, 35 – who is currently recording his first album of original songs – said he would be happy to turn his back on television.

He said: “It’s goodbye TV come 2012. Goodbye TV and hello Broadway. I want to do musical theatre, it’s all I want to do.”

Explaining his strict deadline, he said: “It’s not to do with the Olympics, it’s not a Mayan thing – I don’t think the world is going to end in 2012.

“It’s purely about me saying ‘two to three years I think I’m done’ and then it’s Broadway and musical theatre and singing from here on in, maybe a late night local radio show.”

Shaggy-haired Justin might be best-known for his TV work but he reckons his heart lies in singing.

He explained the concept behind his new record: “I’ve done a straight album, like a regular album, I know it’s absurd – I’m embracing it.

“They’re original songs in the style of early Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, Tony Christie… I’ve embraced it because I love to sing.”