David Duchovny has revealed how he has found returning to his role on The X-Files surprisingly emotional.

The 54-year-old actor-director, who found fame as FBI agent Fox Mulder in the hit TV show, is back for six new episodes, which he recently told Entertainment Weekly would be a “mixture of stand alones – what we always called monster of the week episodes – and the mythology”.

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David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully in The X-Files (Twentieth Century Fox)

David said of his return: “I actually just got the first script and found it was a very oddly emotional moment. I scrolled down on the script I saw the name Mulder and dialogue underneath it; I actually started to tear up. I didn’t expect that at all.”

The star, who has more recently played womanising writer Hank Moody in Californication, said he had no problem with being remembered best for his role as Mulder.

“In this decade I’ve done a lot of other work and I feel like that will always be the most popular thing I’ll ever do … so that’s OK with me,” he said.

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David Duchovny with his X-Files co-star Gillian Anderson (Evan Agostini/Invision)

“I realise that there’s something that comes with that: you’ll always be that guy in some way. But personally, I no longer have any anxiety about being typecast or being remembered that way because I feel fulfilled in stuff that I’ve done.”

David’s latest venture is a career in music, with his debut album Hell Or Highwater.

He said: “I feel like I reached an age in my life where I don’t necessarily want to listen to the nay sayers. I learned how to play guitar four or five years ago by myself. The project then was to just play guitar enough so that I could amuse myself alone… Then I just thought why can’t I come up with a melody, or two, or 12.

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David Duchovny has released an album (Evan Agostini/Invision)

He credits his children for sending him in a new direction.

“The actual inspiration of the whole thing was really my kids … I tell them about skills, about life skills about anything you’re going to do. So I thought, well what about the guitar. I’ll learn how to play the guitar in front of them. They can watch me struggle and be very poor at something and keep going.”