Danny Dyer says he was a 'car crash' before joining EastEnders

Since he joined EastEnders on Christmas Day 2013, Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) has become one of Albert Square’s most iconic characters.

The Queen Vic’s landlord, his wife Linda (Kellie Bright) and their family were quickly taken to the hearts of the nation and became an essential part of the fabric of Walford. 

Mick is due to bow out of EastEnders in an explosive Christmas Day exit, as the truth about Janine’s (Charlie Brooks) manipulation and lies comes out over the dinner table.

What exactly happens is being kept as tightly under wraps as a very special present under the Christmas tree, but suffice to say it’s going to be an unmissable episode as we discover how Danny Dyer will leave the show that he’s spent a third of his career in.

Danny himself was in a reflective mood as he discussed his last ever episode and his decision to leave.

‘Thirty years I’ve been knocking about in this industry and nearly ten I’ve been in this show,’ he told us.

‘To make the decision I made, I didn’t make it lightly. It’s a huge job to walk away from. I thought long and hard about it and I wanted it to be a fitting end, so hopefully it is.’

When Danny told the show’s bosses he was planning to leave, they asked him to stay on a bit longer so his exit could be part of the Christmas episode, neatly book-ending the actor’s time in the show and providing an epic Christmas Day send-off for the character.

‘I’ve done a lot of Christmas eps over the years,’ Danny recalled.

‘We came in at Christmas. It’s an intense process and it’s tough but when you get the right dialogue and the right material it’s such a beautiful thing that you’re reaching a lot of people and that’s a massive platform and everyone wants to sit down and watch a bit of EastEnders.’

Danny has always been honest about his personal life and he revealed that he was not in a good place when Dominic Treadwell-Collins, who was EastEnders’ producer at the time, cast him and Kellie Bright in their roles. 

‘When I came into the show I was a car crash, my career was on its a**e,’ he admitted. ‘I’d made a lot of bad decisions, I was in a bad place. Dominic Treadwell-Collins took a risk on me. And Kellie, but Kellie was a bit more well-behaved than me!’

Danny soon discovered that EastEnders felt like home. ‘We came in it together and we were obviously on trial, a new family to take over the Vic.

We had so much work, drew on all our experience. We came in with Maddy Hill (Nancy) and Sam Strike (Johnny) and Lady Di the bulldog.

S’o we were on trial and we just got our heads down and we loved it. We loved the material, we loved the characters…

‘Credit to Dominic Treadwell-Collins for being brave enough to put us together. He got it right, he pulled it out of the bag. He believed in us and he rolled with it.’

EastEnders airs Mick’s final scenes from 9:25pm on Christmas Day on BBC One.

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