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article imageDanny Dyer joins ‘EastEnders’ as Queen Vic landlord

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 1, 2013 in Entertainment
Danny Dyer has been cast as the new landlord of Walford’s Queen Victoria pub, the producers of “EastEnders” have revealed.
Dyer, 36, will play Mick Carter, the younger brother of one of EastEnders established characters, Shirley Carter. He will move into Walford at the end of the year, together with his wife and family.
Dyer’s onscreen wife, Linda Carter, is to be played by Kellie Bright.
Speaking to Digital Spy about joining the BBC’s long-running London-based soap opera, Dyer said, “I’m so excited about starting a new chapter in my career and I cannot wait to become part of the [EastEnder ’s] family.
Of working with him, Bright said, “Not only am I looking forward to working with Danny, but becoming landlady of the Vic is a real honour.”
EastEnders was launched in 1985. The first Queen Vic publicans were husband and wife, Angie and Den Watts, played by Anita Dobson and Leslie Grantham, respectively. Many of the series’ most powerful storylines have centred on the pub. Others to have taken on its running over the last three decades have been Peggy Mitchell (played by Barbara Windsor), Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) and Alfie Moon (Shane Ritchie).
Of the soap’s new casting announcements, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, the show’s executive producer, told Digital Spy: “I’m so excited to have actors of Danny and Kellie’s calibre joining what is an already strong and talented company of actors.”
Dyer has performed in several stage productions, most notably in two plays written and directed by the late Harold Pinter: Celebration (2000) and No Man’s Land (2001–2), a revival of the playwright’s 1974 original.
Danny Dyer began his television career at the age of 16, when he appeared with Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect 3. He has had a successful film career, his first film, Human Traffic, having been released in 1999, quickly followed by a starring role in Peter Sheridan’s Borstal Boy (2000) and as his namesake, Danny, in the late Mel Smith’s High Heels and Low Lifes (2001). His most recently released film role was in Ray Cooney’s Run For Your Wife (2012).
He also presented Virgin’s Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men (2008).
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