Danny Dyer Quits EastEnders After More Than Eight Years With The BBC Soap

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Danny Dyer as Mick Carter in EastEnders (Photo: BBC / Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)
Danny Dyer as Mick Carter in EastEnders (Photo: BBC / Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

EastEnders bosses have confirmed that Danny Dyer is set to leave the show after over eight years with the show.

Danny has played former Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter since December 2013, but will step down from the role later this year.

A spokesperson for the BBC soap confirmed (via The Sun): “Danny will be leaving EastEnders when his contract comes to an end later this year.

“Danny has made Mick Carter an iconic character which we shall always be grateful for.

“However we won’t be saying goodbye just yet as there’s still quite some time – and plenty of explosive drama for Mick – to come before he departs Walford.”

HuffPost UK has contacted Danny Dyer’s representatives for additional comment.

Danny striking his signature pose at last year's NTAs (Photo: Ian West - PA Images via Getty Images)
Danny striking his signature pose at last year's NTAs (Photo: Ian West - PA Images via Getty Images)

Danny’s EastEnders role has been credited with boosting his career, and since he joined he’s begun hosting BBC quiz show The Wall and fronted the historical documentary Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family, after his episode of Who Do You Think You Are? went down a storm with viewers.

The Mean Machine actor also fronts the podcast Sorted With The Dyers alongside his daughter Dani, who won the fourth series of Love Island in 2018.

Danny and Dani Dyer pictured in 2019 (Photo: Dave J Hogan via Getty Images)
Danny and Dani Dyer pictured in 2019 (Photo: Dave J Hogan via Getty Images)

He’s also been involved in some major EastEnders storyline, which earned him National Television Awards for Best Serial Drama performance in 2015, 2016 and 2019.

A friend of Danny’s said: “Danny loves EastEnders but as an actor he feels the time is right to explore other roles. He’s incredibly grateful to the show and the opportunities it has given him and it wasn’t a decision he took lightly but after playing Mick for nearly nine years he feels it’s time to give the character of Mick a rest.

“He’s not sure how they are going to write him out yet but he’s hoping that they leave the door open for Mick.”

An EastEnders source also said: “Danny made the decision quite some time ago that he would leave the show this year which has given bosses plenty of time to plan a huge storyline for him.

“With Kellie [Bright, who plays Danny’s on-screen wife Linda Carter] set to return very soon, the Carters are going to be at the heart of some big drama this year.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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