Dyer ducks out
EASTENDERS fans were up in arms today as it emerged that Danny Dyer will be taking a break from the show.
This morning it was widely reported that the actor, who has played pub landlord Mick Carter in the BBC soap non-stop since 2013, had been told to take time off to ‘sort his life out’.
An insider told The Mirror: ‘It was clear to onlookers he appeared very drunk at the NTAs [National Television Awards]. It is best that he takes some time out to sort his life out. He appears to be exhausted.’
The source added: ‘There is an enforced break that is expected to last a number of weeks.’
But a BBC spokesperson denied that Danny had been banned from the set, saying: ‘Danny is on a short break from EastEnders. This was not enforced by bosses, nor has he quit the show.’
Nevertheless, Enders fans took to Twitter to express their displeasure at the news.
One tweeted: ‘Are you having a laugh @BBC wtf are you thinking @MrDDyer is the best character eastenders ever had. have you lost the [email protected]#ing plot ????’
Another posted succinctly: ‘No point in watching Eastenders if @MrDDyer isn’t in it’.
So far, Danny — famed for playing hardmen — has yet to comment, but former EastEnders star John Partridge told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that he was likely to be ‘under enormous pressure’ and described the filming schedule as ‘relentless’.
It’s not clear when Danny will depart the show, but it will probably be later this month when screen son Lee (played by Danny-Boy Hatchard) is also due to leave.
Author: Anna Thomson