Matt Le Blanc, who shot to fame as dim-but-lovable Joey Tribbiani in the hit US sitcom Friends, returns alongside British actors Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig to poke fun at his image in a new series of BBC2 comedy Episodes.

The actor – who is in a long-term relationship with actress Andrea Anders, his co-star on the short-lived Friends spin-off Joey – said: “I’m a pretty happy, easy-going guy.

“I’d be happy doing whatever I’m doing. As long as you have your health…”

Matt admitted he could comfortably live off his Friends earnings for the rest of his days, but he said: “It’s not like I’m lugging lumber for a living. I enjoy acting.”

The star, who has a 10-year-old daughter with ex-wife Melissa McKnight, said of life on his cattle ranch near Santa Barbara, California: “We have a bunch of cows, horses and quad bikes, we go hiking and see wild pigs and deer and bobcats and the occasional mountain lion – we don’t like seeing those, but they’re out there.”

He added: “I don’t hang out with too many actors. I come from a very blue-collar family – everyone goes to work with some kind of tool in their hand.

“And people are people, I’m no different. I have bad breath in the morning when I get up… I put my pants on one leg at a time. I’m not better than anyone else.”

Episodes, BBC2, Wednesday, May 14

– Press Association