Tom Lister admits he can "never say never" about an Emmerdale return - despite his character being dead.
The 41-year-old star's alter-ego Carl King met a grisly end when he was battered to death with a brick by love rival Cameron Murray (Dominic Power).
The action played out during the ITV soap's 40th anniversary live special in October 2012 - but Tom has admitted he won't completely rule out a Dales return.
He said: "It was the most incredible experience, I couldn't have asked for a better exit.
"I don't think there will be any return as I was lying there with my brains spilled out across the floor.
It was the most incredible experience, I couldn't have asked for a better exit.
"Unless you picked up my brains and put them back in my head, but who knows?
"You never say never...
"It was a wonderful part of my life and I'm very fortunate [to have had] it."
While Tom loved his time on Emmerdale, he didn't watch much of the soap and that hasn't changed since he departed the Dales.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he added: "I never really watched it that much when I was on it. Probably because I had kids so it was on about the time when I was really busy.
"But I've got lifelong friends there who are still in it and we keep in touch."
Tom starred as Carl from 2004 to October 2012 when his alter ego was killed off, and he went on to appear as Martin Laws in Doctors in 2016.
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