Danny Dyer to take over EastEnders' Queen Vic
Actor Danny Dyer is to become the new landlord of the Queen Vic, when he joins EastEnders at Christmas.
The 36-year-old, who is often typecast in "hard man" roles, will play Mick Carter, brother to Shirley Carter (Linda Henry).
Mick is described as a "bloke's bloke" with a soft heart. He will be joined behind the bar by his wife Linda, played by actress Kellie Bright.
"I'm so excited about starting a new chapter in my career," said Dyer.
"I cannot wait to become part of the East End family."
The actor is a real-life East end boy, born in Canning Town in 1977.
As a teenager, he was talent-spotted at his Sunday School by an agent who put him forward for a role alongside Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect 3.
His role as a conflicted football hooligan in 2004's The Football Factory won critical acclaim, but he has also been mocked for low-rent movies like Doghouse, in which he fought off a group of man-hating female zombie cannibals.
"Danny Dyer has become the byword for low-budget, no-quality Brit-trash cinema," wrote one reviewer in 2010, "but beneath the cockney swagger there's a decent actor struggling to get out".
Indeed, he starred in two Harold Pinter plays early in his career, striking up a lasting friendship with the enigmatic playwright.
EastEnders' executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said he was looking forward to the arrival of Mick and Linda Carter in the soap's infamous public house.
Former Queen Vic landlords and landladies
- Den Watts
- Angie Watts
- Eddie Royle
- Frank Butcher
- Grant Mitchell
- Archie Mitchell
- Peggy Mitchell
- Sharon Watts
- Kat Moon
"I'm so excited to have actors of Danny and Kellie's calibre joining what is an already strong and talented company of actors," he said in a statement.
"Having been together over 20 years, Mick and Linda have a good marriage and an easy shorthand with each other - but can also still fight like teenagers.
"They will laugh, cry, argue and make-up... much to the embarrassment of their children and the delight of Albert Square's residents."
Dyer had previously discussed a role on Albert Square in 2009, but decided against it.
"I quite liked the idea," he said at the time, "but actually, in reality, I just got cold feet.
"Just from having a meeting, it's all over the newspapers and it gave me the horrors. Imagine if I went in it?"
It has already been revealed that former This Life and Holby City star Luisa Bradshaw-White is to join the EastEnders cast as Tina Carter, another of Shirley's siblings.