Michael Barrymore is planning his TV comeback – as a dramatic actor.

The comedian and game show presenter was dropped by ITV in the aftermath of the 2001 death of Stuart Lubbock, 31, in the star’s pool. He has since appeared on reality shows such as Celebrity Big Brother and has battled drug and alcohol addiction.

But the 61-year-old told the Mirror he is starting to get his career back on track.

He revealed: “I was offered something yesterday. It is actually for an acting part. I think the role will surprise people. It’s dark. When I read the script I was excited and got a good feeling about it. Acting’s my comfort zone.

“That’s what I grew up doing, but comedy took over.”

Barrymore, who previously told the newspaper he has been working in a garden centre, said he currently survives on royalties from repeats of his 90s show Strike It Lucky.

He said: “I am on most days on Challenge TV. It pays the rent.”

Barrymore was speaking at the launch of his new bespoke clothing line Made By Dave, inspired by his pet Jack Russell Dave, who he said had helped him cope with his addiction problems.

He explained: “He has stuck beside me even through my relapse. Launching the clothing range was incredibly nervy. But focusing on the business has kept me well and away from drugs and alcohol.”