It came as quite a surprise to learn that TV hard man, Danny Dyer, had taken a role as the new landlord of the Queen Vic pub in EastEnders, but according to the actor the biggest surprise is still yet to come.
Dyer, who has played Gangsters and thugs in films for the past decade, will be arriving on our EastEnders screens this Christmas playing Mick Carter, the younger brother of show favourite, Shirley Carter (Linda Henry).
Joining him on Albert Square will be his on-screen wife, Linda Carter (Kellie Bright), their children Johnny (Sam Strike) and Nancy (Maddy Hill).and other sister Tina Carter (Luisa Bradshaw-White).
Mick is a far cry from Dyer’s usual gangster roles, including his recent portrayal of the White Man in this year’s Hollyoaks Later, being described by the BBC as someone who loves his wife, his children, his pet dog, the monarchy, and the song “Land of Hope and Glory”. He was called “a bloke’s bloke” and it was said he would “apparently think nothing of throwing on Linda’s pink dressing gown and cooking breakfast for the family.”
And it seems that his new characteristics suit Dyer, as he has been telling Keith Lemon on last night’s Celebrity Juice, how much he is enjoying the role.
Discussing the new role Danny Dyer (or Malcolm Smith if you listen to Keith) said the following:
“I love it. It’s a good job. I’m honoured. Mick is a lovely fella. He is a family man and not a villain.”
Dyer then went on to confirm that his debut will be during this year’s Christmas Day special as well as adding how we will be in for a surprise when we get to meet Mick and his family, saying:
“You’ll be surprised. It isn’t what you would expect. It is a good role and I am happy.”
Watch Keith doing an impersonation of Danny in the new role in the clip below: