Inside Danny Dyers life before EastEnders as he hints he wants more defining role
EastEnders star Danny Dyer has portrayed much-loved character Mick Carter on the BBC soap for nearly 10 years, but it was recently revealed he will be leaving the show later this year.
Soap fans were left devastated when it was announced that Danny, 44, would be leaving Albert Square in 2022, with an EastEnders spokesperson telling OK!: "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."
The actor has now addressed the reasoning behind his decision to leave the soap, explaining how he hopes to land a more "defining role" in the near future.
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Speaking on his podcast Sorted With The Dyers, which he does with daughter Dani, 25, he said: “There's no big story around it, really. Other than the fact I've decided to go off and try some other stuff.
"I'm 44 now, and I've had nine years of playing Mick and I think he needs to be rested. I'm still looking for that defining role. Maybe it is there, maybe it isn't.
"But I've always been quite ambitious, and I had quite a long career before I went into EastEnders.
"I know the landscape has changed slightly but I want to go out there and have another go, and the only way I can do that is if I decide to walk away from the job.”
As Danny prepares to walk away from Walford, here we take a look at what he actor was up to before he joined the cast of EastEnders…
Danny first joined EastEnders as pub landlord Mick Carter in 2013, after having previously turned down a role on the soap in 2009.
Before finding soap stardom, Danny was best-known for starring a series of hit films, as well as numerous TV shows.
His acting career kicked off when he was just 16, after he was scouted at a local school by an agent who asked him to audition for a role in Granada Television series Prime Suspect 3 in 1993.
The 44 year old went on to be cast in several TV shows, including titles such as A Touch of Frost, Soldier Solider, and Highlander.
In 1999, Danny made his film debut when he landed a role in Human Traffic, before going on to feature in the likes of Mean Machine, High Heels and Low Lifes, and Borstal Boy.
The star soon caught the attention of British film director Nick Love, and Danny then starred in Goodbye Charlie Bright, The Football Factory, The Business and Outlaw.
Alongside his film work, Danny has also fronted several documentaries, most notably, The Football Factories and Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men.
Danny has also performed in several theatre productions over the years, and completed voice-over work.
In April 2009, he was offered a role on EastEnders, which he turned down as he worried he would not be able to cope with the pressure of being on the soap.
However, a few years later, he'd changed his mind, and he first appeared on-screen as Mick Carter during December 2013.
Danny boasts a colourful acting career, and has continued to pursue other interests in the entertainment industry during his soap stint.
He currently presents BBC One game show The Wall, and co-hosts podcast Sorted With The Dyers alongside his 25 year old daughter Dani.
Rumours had began circulating that Danny had chosen to leave EastEnders due to a new job offer, but the actor recently denied this.
Speaking on his podcast, the star explained: “When you're in a job like a soap your contract comes up for renewal and every time it has they've asked me to stay, and I'm very grateful for that. Because I've seen a lot of people come and go. It's very tough.
“I always debate whether I want to sign again and I've been contemplating a while now about whether it's time to roll the dice, take the leap."
He continued: "The big news is I've decided not to renew my contract. That's all. That's not because I've fallen out with anybody, I love everybody. That job has been amazing for me. It's an important part of television.
"I'm grateful for the beautiful years I've had there. I'm going to miss the people massively. It's me taking a risk.”
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