Danny Dyer is set to fight his new EastEnders co-star Lee Ryan when he returns to the gritty soap following his six-week holiday.
The 39-year-old actor – who plays pub landord Mick Carter – took time off to recharge his batteries in South Africa but he has reportedly been thrown back into the deep end and has filmed an explosive encounter with the Blue singer’s character Woody, who has taken charge of the Qyeen Vic in his absence.
A source told The Sun: “Danny is going to be straight back into the thick of it when his character returns to our screens – and his character Mick Carter immediately finds a new enemy.
“Mick and Woody end up having a huge punch-up in the Square – leaving all the residents stunned.
“It’s a proper bust-up with the boys really going for it and rolling all over the place.”
Earlier this month it was announced that Lee had joined the BBC soap and the pop star – whose band mate Duncan James is now a regular in the Channel 4 rival soap ‘Hollyoaks’ – admitted he has bagged the “best role”.
“Woody is the best role I could have wished to play.
“He’s a brilliant character and it’s clear he’s been leading a full and colourful life. I can’t wait for people to see what he’s like for themselves,” he said.
He added: “Everyone at ‘EastEnders’ has been so welcoming. I know some of the cast already so I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of fun.”
And TV bosses have said that they are already impressed with his performance and have teased that they want Woody to “ruffle some feathers.”
Executive producer Sean O’Connor said: “Woody is a man who has worked hard and played hard in bars, clubs and pubs around the world and has finally decided to stop wandering and put down some roots.
“He’s going to ruffle some feathers and obviously break some hearts so there’s a great deal to look forward to as soon as he burst onto the square. Lee is a perfect casting for Albert Square and we knew straight away we wanted him for the role.”
Needless to say, we are excited to these two come to blows when the episodes hit screens later in the spring.