The actor, who plays troubled solider Gary Windass in the ITV soap, claimed that he would like to be unknown again for one night, so that he could go out with his girlfriend.
"I've been in the show for two-and-a-half years now and it’s changed my life in every way possible," he told The Mirror. "There are lots of positives to being in the public eye but there are also more downsides.
"I always said my job wouldn't change me or stop me from doing anything, but it has. Nothing prepares you for how mad it is. You are aware you're being watched and scrutinised so you have to be careful - you can't go wild with your mates."
He continued: "Now I like going to all the student places with Katy - that's much more my scene rather than the red carpet. I hate that side of the job because I don't do the whole celebrity thing.
"Don't get me wrong, I feel very lucky to be doing what I do but I'd love to be able to go back to my old life for one night, just for the night out!"
North described being "spotted" while on a beach in Dubai as a "surreal" experience.
"And I swore that I'd never answer to Gary but it's started happening!" he added.
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