Danny Dyer: My EastEnders entrance is 'flawless, but not what you expect'

EastEnders newcomer Danny Dyer has promised that his entrance to the BBC soap will be flawless.

The actor, who usually plays the tough guy, will first be seen in the series at Christmas when his character, Mick, takes over as landlord of The Queen Vic.

Danny told BBC Radio 1: "I can't ask for anything more. If I come in, I want to come in. It's flawless, but it's not going to be what you expect."

He also revealed that he had taken a while to think about whether soap life was definitely for him.

The Human Traffic actor said: "I thought long and hard about it and it's just come at the right time in my career. I've always respected soap actors because it's a tough gig and I've learnt that.

"On a film, a good 12-hour day, you do nine pages - that's a day. You're doing 25 pages before lunch on EastEnders."

Meanwhile, Scott Maslen, who played Jack Branning on EastEnders before he left in October, said the soap will challenge Danny.

"Danny Dyer is a legend. He will go there, give a bit of banter and he will embrace it, but it'll be a challenge for him. I think he is a good fit for the character and he would do really well in it," he said.


Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.