Joshua Jackson wanted to quit acting after shooting hit Tv series Dawson's Creek because the gruelling schedule left him "burnt out".

The actor began making movies as a teenager, but it was his role as Pacey Witter in the popular U.S. teen drama that launched him into teen idol status.

The show wrapped in 2003 following a six-season run, but filming more than 20 hour-long episodes a year took a toll on Jackson by the end of the series.

In an interview with Elle magazine, he says, "At that time in my life what I wanted to do was not be an actor. I was quite burnt out. It's a lot of work. And on that show we were doing 22 episodes a year.

"It's a grind. Truthfully, the process of making 22 episode of television a year is not very pleasant. I just wanted to stop. It wasn't until the following year when I went and did a play in London that I actually enjoyed being an actor again."

Jackson has since returned to the small screen, including his five-season stint on sci-fi series Fringe and his current supporting role on new drama The Affair.