EastEnders star Danny Dyer may be making headlines for his alleged bad behaviour off screen, but his on-screen wife thinks the world of him it would seem.
The Walford newcomer has been branded a love rat and worse over the past week but he’s received a glowing character reference actress Kellie Bright, who insists that the supposed hard man is a gentleman through and through.
Kellie and Danny were paired together in the show for their Christmas Day debut as the new landlord and landlady of The Queen Vic pub last year.
Since then their on-screen chemistry, and beautifully played out childhood sweetheart marriage has captured the hearts of the nation already earning them several award nominations.
So with that in mind you might find it surprising to learn that they had ever actually met before starting on the show.
According to Kellie Bright, who plays Linda Carter in the hit BBC soap she was expecting the legendary TV and film hard man to be a bit cocky or arrogant, so was surprised when he turned out to be such a “very generous and supportive” actor.
Discussing the situation in a recent interview with The Radio Times, Bright explained:
“He’s ten million times nicer, funnier and more lovely than I ever thought he was going to be. I couldn’t have asked for a better TV husband. He’s very inclusive of everybody on set.”
Meanwhile there is one relationship that Linda has that nobody could ever describe as perfect – the one with her youngest son, Johnny (Sam Strike).
The BBC saw a huge reaction to the storyline surrounding Johnny’s sexuality earlier this year. Linda practically disowned her boy when she found out he was gay, but according to Bright her character doesn’t mean to be hateful.
“Linda wouldn’t say she was homophobic – she just doesn’t want it to be her son, which I believe is a far more common reaction in parents than we think,” she explained.
“How I reasoned it in my head was that Johnny is her baby and she’s been very protective of him because he nearly died,
EastEnders continues on Friday at 8pm on BBC1 / BBC1 HD – Watch an interview with Kellie Bright in the clip below: